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Report: Apple in Tablet Talks with Australian Media

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 9 comments

It's been a while since we heard anything of Apple's reported plans for a tablet. And just when you thought everyone had lost all interest, here it is again.

Recent reports say Apple is in talks with Australian media agencies about an ereader device. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the tablet, tipped to be a sort of giant iPod touch, is small enough to carry in a handbag but too big to fit in a pocket.

The report goes on to say that Apple has sent specifications of the device to Australian media companies in an effort to sound out whether they would be interested in delivering their content to the tablet, however, no one from the companies would speak about the tablet on the record.

Now, that's not a lot to go on. Considering there's exactly zero specifics and no one is willing to go on record, we're all taking this news with a huge grain of salt. However, comments made yesterday by Executive Editor of the New York Times, Bill Keller, mention an "Apple Slate." The off-the-record speech made it online and can be found here, but the snippet below is what has everyone so worked up.

 “I’m hoping we can get the newsroom more actively involved in the challenge of delivering our best journalism in the form of Times Reader, iPhone apps, WAP, or the impending Apple slate, or whatever comes after that.”

As far as we're concerned, the biggest news here is that this tablet is looking more and more like an ereader. A little less exciting than a tablet in my opinion. 

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    dman3k , October 27, 2009 5:32 PM
    Should Amazon or Sony start screaming patents and accuse Apple of being copycats like Apple does to their competition?
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    SamuelL421 , October 27, 2009 5:42 PM
    Quote:
    As far as we're concerned, the biggest news here is that this tablet is looking more and more like an ereader. A little less exciting than a tablet in my opinion.


    Agreed, there's going to have to be a lot of added functionality vs the ipod touch or iphone to make this worthwhile to most people.

    As a graphic designer, the idea of a true apple tablet is interesting (I'm thinking wacom tablet + imac). But an apple e-reader? I'll pass.
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    ravewulf , October 27, 2009 6:30 PM
    What is with all these eReaders all of a sudden?

    I would still much rather use my laptop or desktop
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    deadlockedworld , October 27, 2009 6:49 PM
    I think we all know that Steve Jobs would never settle for an E-reader. He will demand that his employees make it do everything. (except for 1 critical thing everyone wants--like push email).

    I'm guessing this thing will up the ante in the handheld gaming/movie competition and the e-reader part is just an add-on. This kind of legwork in contacting media companies before launch is one of the reasons I think apple does so well--they wont launch it until they get everything in place..
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    Drag0nR1der , October 27, 2009 11:28 PM
    ravewulfWhat is with all these eReaders all of a sudden?I would still much rather use my laptop or desktop


    Not me, I read for hours at a time, continuously reading fine text from a backlit screen over that amount of time puts enormous strain on your eyes, especially at the kind of distance you normally are from a book you are holding. and thats before you go in to the inability to get 'lost in the book' whilst reading, thus spoiling enjoyment of most works of fiction. Laptops and desktops are just plain awkward for prolonged reading. (H&S guidance tells people to take regular eyebreaks when working with computers, something you hardly want to do when engrossed in a book, not that any of us bother doign that, probably why our eyes feel so strained at the end of a day in the office).
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    croc , October 28, 2009 2:12 AM
    Jane, shame on you. No link to Asher Moses' article in the Sydney Morning Herald? Well, here it is for all to read...

    http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/computers/apple-shops-tablet-around-australia-20091027-hijk.html

    Pretty much all rumour, no facts, but since the 'world' (as defined by the 48 contiguous States of the US of A) is so eager for apple news...

    Maybe you should have posted the article of a few days ago, where it was discussed how, once again, we Aussies were getting raped by M$ in the Win 7 release...
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    wildwell , October 28, 2009 6:05 AM
    dman3kShould Amazon or Sony start screaming patents and accuse Apple of being copycats like Apple does to their competition?


    You mean like Nokia?
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    JMcEntegart , October 28, 2009 11:32 AM
    crocJane, shame on you. No link to Asher Moses' article in the Sydney Morning Herald? Well, here it is for all to read...http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life [...] -hijk.htmlPretty much all rumour, no facts, but since the 'world' (as defined by the 48 contiguous States of the US of A) is so eager for apple news...Maybe you should have posted the article of a few days ago, where it was discussed how, once again, we Aussies were getting raped by M$ in the Win 7 release...


    Sorry. Actually did include the link but didn't realise it was broken. Should be all fixed now though. So I guess me and my shame will be on our way.
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    darkknight22 , October 28, 2009 2:30 PM
    Marcus Yam must have had to change his pants after reading this article.