Ad for new ViewSonic ViewPad shows screenshot of OS X

Tue, Mar 8, 2011


ViewSonic today announced a new 10.1-inch tablet capable of booting up in either Windows 7 or Google Android. “The lines of professional and personal life are blurring, which creates a need for devices that are suited for both sides,” ViewSonic VP Adam Hanin said in a press release. The ViewPad, as it’s called, comes with an Intel Atom 1.66GHz procesor, 2GB of memory, a 1024×600 multitouch display, a micro SD Card slot, and a 1.3 megapixel camera on the front.

Note above, though, that the picture accompanying the press release shows the ViewPad rocking a Mac version of what appears to be Microsoft Office. Guess the ViewPad can triple boot. What a steal!

Here’s a close-up shot of the menubar.

The press release has since been updated with a snapshot of Windows 7.



4 Comments For This Post

  1. Odi Kosmatos Says:

    Both the old and new screenshots show an application that is completely and utterly unusable on a multi-touch tablet. Look at the size of those menu items and toolbars and other controls. You’d need toothpick sized stylus-fingers to use this.

    It’s ludicrous.

  2. Jim Says:


  3. Ummm... Says:

    I’m not a mac user, but doesn’t MAC OS always have the Apple icon in the top left corner seeing as how the Apple/File/Edit bar is always present on the screen?

    This looks like linux or some sort of skinned windows…

  4. aveman101 Says:


    It’s possible that it’s a skinned version of windows, or even linux, but literally every other component in that screen shot fits in with OS X’s UI canon. It’s way too perfect. The tool bars, rulers, window headers, menu items, everything.

    That’s either OS X with the Apple edited out, or the worlds greatest OS X-inspired skin.

    Either way, it’s very misleading to show a UI that looks a lot like OS X, even if it technically isn’t OS X.

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