Originally Posted by afa
It's called a prototype. Once you are able to buy that device, then we can talk about it being more than vaporware.
And Amazon applying for a patent means precisely nothing. Plenty of people apply for patents for plenty of things. Doesn't mean they will actually manufacture such a device. Just that they *could* one day, maybe, sort of, hopefully, manufacture it.
Until then - vaporware.
Vapoware applies to software that is rumoured but not developed. When the company who makes the eInk screens say that they are working on prototypes in conjunction with other companies you can be pretty sure that those prototypes will hit the market. When Amazon takes out a patent on technology that is core to their business, they aren't just playing.
But if you really want to get into denial, tell me that the Entourage dual screen device was vapourware. It wasn't very successful, but it wasn't vapourware.