Apple’s next Pad

June 6, 2004, I wrote: “I expect a new device from Apple – which is somewhere between a laptop and a PDA, but completely connected and be mostly used by the thumb tribes, i.e. young people who cannot live without IM. (Okay – it just a guess about what Apple should or could be building next!)” Funny, exactly two months later we have a similar rumor surface on The Register (via Engadget and Gizmodo) “Apple has filed for a European design trademark which may provide a tantalising glimpse of the company’s long-awaited tablet computer. The filing, made in May this year but only published this week, covers a “handheld computer” and contains sketches of what look like an iBook screen minus the body of the computer,” The Register writes. EWeek had reported that something like this might be in the works at Apple in November 2003. Well looks like this cacophony might result in a new Mac Symphony!

Finally, a Broadband IPO

Motive raised $50 million in an intial public offering. The filing fell short of expected $55-to-$60 million the company had planned to raise. Ticker, MOTV. JPMorgan was the book-runner; Thomas Weisel Partners, Friedman Billings Ramsey, Needham & Company, Inc., and America’s Growth Capital were the co-leads. Here is what I said previously on GigaOM about Motive. According to Austin Business Journal, Motive is the third Austin-based company to IPO in the last year. SigmaTel Inc. (Nasdaq: SGTL) and Staktek Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: STAK) were the previous two companies.