In terms of gadgets, smaller is usually better. Technology companies spend millions of man-hours each year trying to get more out of less. Apple (News - Alert) has led this charge over the last two decades, introducing some of the world's smallest, sleekest and most lightweight devices.
Early next week, however, the technology giant will change gears entirely when it introduces its 58-inch Table Connect for iPhone, the biggest smart phone device you will ever see.
The Table Connect is basically a desktop with iPhone (News - Alert) functionality. The huge multi-touch screen is equipped with a 30-pin Dock Connector that lets users hook it up directly to their iPhone.
When attached, the Table Connect mirrors everything that is happening on the handset. All of the applications and data that are on the phone can be accessed using the 58" capacitive multi-touch desktop.
The alpha-stage device, which will be introduced during a video demo launch on Tuesday, will offer users a myriad of multi-player controlled apps that can't function on a standard iPhone.
While Apple has yet to unveil any real specifics for the Table Connect, including its price point and expected launch date, most industry experts assume that owners would use it mostly as a gaming device. The Table Connect is only compatible with iPhone 4 and iPhone 3G models, meaning you'll need a newly-released Apple smart phone to run the virtual desktop.
Unfortunately, the iPhone will need to be jailbroken to work with the multi-touch screen. Consumers who free their phone from the limitations that Apple and AT&T (News - Alert) put on it will have to do so at their own risk. Jailbreaking a phone is perfectly legal, however it means that the device manufacturer is not responsible if something were to go wrong.
Just by looking at pictures of the Table Connect for iPhone, we assume it will probably be out of the price range of most consumers.
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Edited by Chris DiMarco