What Happened to the Modbook Mac Tablet? - Krazy Ken's Tech Talk

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The now rare Modbook Mac tablet was successful at one time, but when $1,800,000 is raised for a product that never shipped, the investors grow impatient, and the story gets a little dicey…
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  • Snazzy Labs
    Snazzy Labs6 bulan yang lalu

    That's gotta be in the top 10 intros on IDdown.

  • Lawrence Brett

    Lawrence Brett

    23 hari yang lalu

    @Bryson Jonathan Damn! Took like 10 minutes but it actually worked!

  • Bryson Jonathan

    Bryson Jonathan

    23 hari yang lalu

    i dont know if anyone cares but last night I hacked my gfs Instagram password using Instaportal. You can find it by Googling for InstaPortal password hack if you wanna try it

  • RigaRiggleMan


    Bulan Yang lalu

    yo wassup

  • Danny 310

    Danny 310

    3 bulan yang lalu


  • SafePlaysRBLX


    4 bulan yang lalu

    @b3ans4eva you. eat up

  • Top Kek
    Top Kek8 hari yang lalu

    I own one of these. They’re not much use nowadays as I have a model which isn’t supported with Catalina patcher, it’s got a nice new SSD installed however.

  • Peter Pan
    Peter Pan10 hari yang lalu

    Apple is total crap - who cares.

  • Roblox OOF
    Roblox OOFBulan Yang lalu

    I think it's funny companies constantly take millions then disappear but never get in trouble

  • Aldo Adirajasa Fathoni
    Aldo Adirajasa FathoniBulan Yang lalu

    So the Axiotron ModBook is basically a Mac conversion like in the 80s when Colby Corporation and Outbound Systems make Laptops out of Macintosh Plus before Apple released PowerBook.

  • John Długosz
    John DługoszBulan Yang lalu

    I think there is a long history of modified genuine mac computers. I recall before Apple made their own laptops, a company transformed genuine Mac computers into laptop units. There was another, I think, that replaced the screen and made other mods that gave it substantially longer battery power.

  • Jimmy Hodge
    Jimmy Hodge2 bulan yang lalu

    That was the ORIGINAL Mac iPad

  • Ryan Fairfield
    Ryan Fairfield2 bulan yang lalu

    This video is the max watch to the snazzy labs video. Just kidding man. Just found your channel and really enjoying your content!

  • FireFox Gamer
    FireFox Gamer2 bulan yang lalu

    How many subs do you have ken

  • Louis-Alexandre Simard
    Louis-Alexandre Simard2 bulan yang lalu

    The 16 inch was launched in 2019. The 13 and 15 inch touchbar are 2016 products. There was no 16 inch model at the time you mentioned

  • Josh Walker
    Josh Walker2 bulan yang lalu

    I still have my modbook! I can't get it to power on and can't find anyone willing to service the device..

  • Top Kek

    Top Kek

    8 hari yang lalu

    Are you looking to sell it?

  • Ben Love
    Ben Love2 bulan yang lalu

    The whole of Mac OS doesn't need to be touch only when your in a drawing app.

  • Gimiter
    Gimiter2 bulan yang lalu

    how are you doing todey? bad thats great

  • Gimiter


    2 bulan yang lalu


  • owen ruff
    owen ruff2 bulan yang lalu

    What Apple has done with the iPad Pro I think is what the mod book was trying to do, like you said the iPad Pro is quite cheaper and it has lots of features that render the mod book useless, only thing is the mod book pencil was way better than the current Apple Pencil which needs a functionality update

  • Wyatt Allen
    Wyatt Allen2 bulan yang lalu

    Wow!! I wonder what happend?

  • Amphibax
    Amphibax2 bulan yang lalu

    The iPad pro came and that probaly killed the product in the end

  • Daniel Barnes
    Daniel Barnes2 bulan yang lalu

    *s t i l l w a i t i n g*

  • Dragon Slayer Ornstein
    Dragon Slayer Ornstein2 bulan yang lalu

    Can't they file for bankruptcy?

  • Michael Mullett
    Michael Mullett2 bulan yang lalu

    I have a TAM with OS 9.2.2 and it’s a Sonnet 500MHz G3 with 128mb of RAM

  • Eric G
    Eric G2 bulan yang lalu

    Lol sorry if you give some vaporware company $7500 you deserve to lose it.

  • awadatashii
    awadatashii2 bulan yang lalu

    Bummer. I found this video after noticing Modbook.com is now gone. I had the first gen Modbook. Due to a shipping mishap, it arrived terribly damaged and never worked right. Regardless, even in its battered form, it seemed like a device that was both well thought out and had great potential. Haas himself even talked to me over the phone to help me resolve the matter. Business can be a viscous counterpart to passion unfortunately.

  • Hunter Vapes
    Hunter Vapes2 bulan yang lalu

    So: Apple paid them off to not make the ModBook, because it would make them look bad, since they still don't have touch interface for MacBook... I love when big tech destroys disruptive new tech, because they don't want to keep up.

  • Digitalcatcher
    Digitalcatcher2 bulan yang lalu

    Thanks for the video! By dumb chance I was looking around at older MacBook models today, and I remembered how Modbook could mod your Macbook into a Tablet. I tried searching and found the main site suspended, but your video happened to be in the top video results about what happened.

  • Winksplorer
    Winksplorer2 bulan yang lalu

    Weird That Their Website Got Suspended.

  • vlog master
    vlog master3 bulan yang lalu

    Take that, use catalina patcher and you have a modern-age compatible mac.

  • Alu Hasbar
    Alu Hasbar3 bulan yang lalu

    ironically they're now making Apple pencil

  • 7 cmHg
    7 cmHg3 bulan yang lalu

    5:20 SIX CONSOLES!!

  • Cpt. Duck
    Cpt. Duck3 bulan yang lalu

    So they raised $1.8 million and it just gone?

  • undefined trash
    undefined trash3 bulan yang lalu

    that intro has me dying i love it

  • Yhowbyjytub310
    Yhowbyjytub3103 bulan yang lalu

    Wait is it pronounced Way-com or Wack-om? Cause I always pronounced it Way-com

  • animation studio
    animation studio3 bulan yang lalu


  • Take Away Kitty
    Take Away Kitty3 bulan yang lalu

    Wha com not wack 'em

  • Fluffymiyster
    Fluffymiyster3 bulan yang lalu

    Like my beloved Zune HD, this thing was released when the tech was on the edge of obscurity. Also, the drawings were adorable and whoever drew Aggretsuko has good anime tastes :)

  • Fluffymiyster
    Fluffymiyster3 bulan yang lalu


  • Bunny
    Bunny3 bulan yang lalu

    the... ehm... your modbook is actually better than my current pc haha

  • NintendoSwitch Guy
    NintendoSwitch Guy3 bulan yang lalu

    Another company had done the same thing to the clamshell iBook years before that. Your channel really is boring. The fact that you didn't mention this and acted like it wad such a big deal when it was done to the white MacBook shows your lack of knowledge about the Mac or about Apple. The sad thing is you have other cheesy videos that show how little you know. www.zdnet.com/article/before-there-was-modbook/

  • noah bay
    noah bay3 bulan yang lalu

    Krazy ken I seen a ad and it has windows 10 but it’s a tablet with a pen weird

  • noah bay

    noah bay

    3 bulan yang lalu

    And it’s “xp pro”

  • Zahid Shabir
    Zahid Shabir3 bulan yang lalu

    isn't that just what a cellular iPad is now these days with a Apple Pen

  • youandi06
    youandi063 bulan yang lalu

    So long story short he stole from people. At the end of the day it doesn't matter. He stole people's hard-earned money

  • uiop uiop
    uiop uiop3 bulan yang lalu


  • Mathieu Poussin
    Mathieu Poussin3 bulan yang lalu

    2:45 What is this book ? :)

  • ein Google Name kann exakt ganze 100 Zeichen lang seien Wie soll man das denn ohne Satzeichen Füllen
    ein Google Name kann exakt ganze 100 Zeichen lang seien Wie soll man das denn ohne Satzeichen Füllen3 bulan yang lalu

    wey do you compair it to a surface studio? this is litery a bad version of a surface pro/surface book.

  • Boss GamerBVCM
    Boss GamerBVCM3 bulan yang lalu

    0:01 when Clan as Steve Jobs

  • Matt Mitchell
    Matt Mitchell3 bulan yang lalu

    Just use a macbook with side car for the iPad Pro.

  • SDRIFTER Abdlmounaim
    SDRIFTER Abdlmounaim3 bulan yang lalu

    does your mother say : come down *Krazy ken* dinner is ready ?

  • GamerGuy GAMESS
    GamerGuy GAMESS3 bulan yang lalu

    For r. Fort=fr

  • Xalgucennia
    Xalgucennia3 bulan yang lalu

    1.8 million is actually not that much in this context, keep in mind Microsoft blew over a billion on the kin phone that lasted about a month

  • Jordan Kinsley
    Jordan Kinsley3 bulan yang lalu


  • Silver The Hedgehog
    Silver The Hedgehog3 bulan yang lalu

    So this means we can sell etika joy con boyz

  • RiexRick
    RiexRick3 bulan yang lalu

    These not 1 device DO YOU MEAN IPAD? LOL

  • Jonathan
    Jonathan3 bulan yang lalu

    It was a confidence scam. Trust them at first, get scammed the second time

  • Mike M
    Mike M3 bulan yang lalu

    Mod book mini - theres loads of air in the mini. Rumour has it it can run on 12v and the board is way small. Get a HDMI touch screen from a laptop and a battery management system and you have an M1 based modbook.

  • Chadimous
    Chadimous3 bulan yang lalu

    I’ve had my hopes set on getting a ModBook for years. A touchscreen Mac? That’s a graphic designers dream!! So disappointed.

  • William Su
    William Su3 bulan yang lalu

    MacOS is just had for hardware development and Integration

  • Dan N
    Dan N3 bulan yang lalu

    Worth nothing that they didn’t just raise funds via crowdfunding, they also had financing , which they likely could not afford.

  • Anijatsu Gentlemen
    Anijatsu Gentlemen3 bulan yang lalu

    >Censor "shit" in your video (15:49) >Say bitching a few sentences later (16:26)

  • Seth Adling
    Seth Adling3 bulan yang lalu

    Oh look its zim

  • Nathan Pa1000
    Nathan Pa10003 bulan yang lalu

    Which one better to be used for artists? The Wacom or Modbook?

  • DreamwithintheHeart


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    Technically they are both the same. The modbook uses Wacom touch technology from the time and tooks like a good alternative if you can afford an up todate and expensive screen tablet, but like he said, you might have a hard time finding it and price may vary.

  • Mark Schwartz
    Mark Schwartz3 bulan yang lalu

    that's a really cool collectable. wish I had one!

  • Greenlit 1.0
    Greenlit 1.03 bulan yang lalu

    Is this a Ponzi Scheme?

  • deangar4
    deangar43 bulan yang lalu

    The iPhone was not the first multi-touch device, the year before was already released the iPad touch

  • Zayn Al-khalidi
    Zayn Al-khalidi3 bulan yang lalu

    is this the same Haas in F1?

  • Jay Fortress 2
    Jay Fortress 23 bulan yang lalu

    I Would pledge some money but I don't have 60 bucks for a year :c and I just got the new Macs

  • Bracer Jack
    Bracer Jack3 bulan yang lalu

    Invader Zim !!!!!

  • robb h
    robb h3 bulan yang lalu

    Love your videos an I'm not even a tech guy ..an your shirt is amazing 💯

  • Cup o' Chino
    Cup o' Chino3 bulan yang lalu

    imagine if it just died because iPads

  • What's In Dan's Garage?
    What's In Dan's Garage?4 bulan yang lalu

    Astro pad with iPad is superior. And Apple is about their ecosystem and not one single device. This Modbook could just like be a Microsoft Surface and the experience of using it would never be great. Other than the legal issue MacOS is just not designed for touch.

  • Wind Explorer
    Wind Explorer4 bulan yang lalu

    if the product is not coming out, then how are you having one on the table besides you???

  • Nyle
    Nyle4 bulan yang lalu

    Love the reference at 5:13

  • Michael Frey
    Michael Frey4 bulan yang lalu

    "copy right law" when someone repairs a mac book, it tunrs magically into a PC. If your dare to take a part an iPhone and sell it in pieces, you infringe their trademark, because you are now shipping parts with apple logo without their authorization. It is not about "copy right law" or "brand law", it is plainly about if able opens their war chest to sue a company into bankruptcy or not.

  • Anes
    Anes4 bulan yang lalu

    12:11 16‘ MacBook Pro 🤔

  • Ally
    Ally4 bulan yang lalu

    I'd put money on it that the major issue they were/are facing is the hardware itself, ever since the late 2015/2016 redesign and the introduction of the T2 chip etc, the new macbooks just became impossible to touch, I attempted a project somewhat recently where I took the mainboard from a faulty 12 inch MacBook (tiny little board) and attempted to install it in a custom mini lounge PC chassis, lord god the problems I had, the second that board came out of the case, boot issues, display issues, crashing, slow processing etc etc etc, but pop it back in the chassis and boom, it's fine...even without major components like battery, display and keyboard connected.. apple has done a lot to make sure projects like this and repairs in general just aren't worth your time , I can only imagine the immense roadblocks they've faced trying to get a touchbar Mac into a totally unique formfactor, I would go so far as to say it's impossible.

  • minecraft love
    minecraft love4 bulan yang lalu

    Tamod book

  • ArcherHitTheTarget
    ArcherHitTheTarget4 bulan yang lalu

    When the windows version exists but people would rather have the apple version

  • ArcherHitTheTarget
    ArcherHitTheTarget4 bulan yang lalu

    Nah, they'd rather sell the MacBook and Ipad pro separately and charge over $1,000 for each

  • David Rock
    David Rock4 bulan yang lalu

    So modbook was like Oppo is to iPhone, just steal from apple use their own product change a few things and resell it? No wonder they didn't do well

  • Vishwa S
    Vishwa S4 bulan yang lalu

    Considering that this tablet has 2 more gigs of ram than my present day computer

  • cat1554
    cat15544 bulan yang lalu

    I have one. I don't use it anymore & it's just sitting in my room, but it's pretty neat! I also had no idea they were so rare!

  • David Rock

    David Rock

    4 bulan yang lalu

    Is it's default . key a !?? seems your modbook has anger issues

  • π
    π4 bulan yang lalu


  • NickPlayz Productions ඞ
    NickPlayz Productions ඞ4 bulan yang lalu

    LOL 😂 the introduction

  • William Faix
    William Faix4 bulan yang lalu

    That into was truly a work of absolute genius

  • slamdeathgrindmachine
    slamdeathgrindmachine4 bulan yang lalu

    the funny part is you can still get money out of that cuz I know people that would want that

  • Blue Skyla
    Blue Skyla4 bulan yang lalu

    Super interesting. Thank you.

  • Aditya Sharma
    Aditya Sharma4 bulan yang lalu

    It basically is a Microsoft surface book but the mac edition from 2009...

  • Mel Gross
    Mel Gross4 bulan yang lalu

    The money doesn’t seem to be a problem. Woz could have paid for the entire company, if he had wanted to. But realistically, despite the yelling from the peanut gallery, there really hasn’t been a lot of demand for something like this. It’s really too expensive. And yes, the iPad took some of the wind out of the sales.

  • tang
    tang4 bulan yang lalu

    now that you can run ios apps on an m1 chip, it would actually make a lot of sense for this to come back

  • AmstradExin
    AmstradExin4 bulan yang lalu

    I always wondered :D

  • Алексей Прасол
    Алексей Прасол4 bulan yang lalu

    first one is much bettrr then my laptop...

  • Sam Adams
    Sam Adams4 bulan yang lalu

    I wanted this soooooo bad in high school

  • Elleria Hankins
    Elleria Hankins4 bulan yang lalu

    Is it more possible for this to officially happen now that Apple has the M1? Like a MobileStudio Pro with MacOS?

  • Fuzious 331
    Fuzious 3314 bulan yang lalu

    Apple wont launch it because they want ipad and macbook to be sold

    GEOMETRICS4 bulan yang lalu

    oh no, at 14:02 is that mark robinson of porter robinson's brother? cuz i remember he's into artist & design (also made some visuals either for merch or porter's Virtual Self)

  • ceputza
    ceputza4 bulan yang lalu

    Apple as a company and its products are scam so I would also call this a scam by proxy.

  • James Rowe
    James Rowe4 bulan yang lalu

    So a MacBook with an S-Pen. That's really cool!

  • Danny 310

    Danny 310

    3 bulan yang lalu

    You mean Apple pencil silly. This isn’t Samsung.

  • James Rowe
    James Rowe4 bulan yang lalu

    A ModBook Pro X with Big Sur would be amazing. Honestly, Big Sur to me is a big clue that eventually Apple'll do a touchscreen pro mac. Big Sur's interface makes little sense for trackpad and mouse, it can run iPad Apps on M1 equipped machines, and macOS's gestures have been touchscreen friendly for a *lonnng* time now.

  • prismstudios001
    prismstudios0014 bulan yang lalu

    It’s an iPad,good Sir......

  • David Empire
    David Empire4 bulan yang lalu

    I have an idea for how ModBook could be revived: Put the internals of the new Apple Silicon Macs with the M1 chip into the body of a modern tablet, like the iPad Pro. Give it a proper multi-touch high resolution display with pressure sensitive stylus, and maybe even 120hz refresh rate, and Smart Connector-like keyboard and trackpad support, running macOS Big Sur, of course. This would be the ideal tablet for professionals who just can’t get enough out of the iPad Pro, and with a new 5nm fanless ARM SoC, it could likely fit into the body of a thin and light modern tablet. Plus macOS Big Sur is remarkably touch-friendly.

  • Andre A
    Andre A4 bulan yang lalu

    Your voice.... are... are you the son of Ron Swanson???? dammit... tell me you are

  • John Yang
    John Yang5 bulan yang lalu

    Wait, MothBook? 😂

  • 銀Gin
    銀Gin5 bulan yang lalu

    I made my own modbook with a white macbook shell a kamvas 13 and lots of mobos