AppleInsider claims to have it on good authority that we'll see an Apple tablet in 2010. AI cites Apple sources who say that after four years of meticulous development riddled with setbacks, the company is now racing toward an early 2010 launch of a tablet-style device that resembles a giant iPod Touch.
Four years? So what was the hold up? Apparently the project is the brainchild of founder and CEO Steve Jobs and as a result, everything has to be perfect. If even the most minute detail was off, it would back to drawing board at Jobs' request.
AI gives the device a 10-inch screen, 3G connectivity and says things were reset at least a half-dozen times over the past 24 months. However, over the last six months, things have been shaping up nicely and Steve is finally satisfied.
Still nothing solid from Apple and no word on price from AI's sources. That said, we'll just have to wait and see what Q1 2010 brings.
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Hospitals and other businesses who use tablets aren't going to switch over their entire tech infrastructure to use a Mac Tablet.
Perhaps Apple's genius marketing team could work with McDonalds to bring us the McTablet?
How the hell were the granted the patent on multitouch for small devices?
Most fundamentally, it forces the company to define its "matrix" thinking between hardware form factors and software forking decisions (e.g., iPhone OS, Mac OS, hybrid OS, download anything anywhere, exclusively limit to App Store), not to mention the service layer and developer tool interconects between same, a topic that I blogged about in:
Apple, the ‘Boomer’ Tablet and the Matrix
Check it out, if interested.
I'm excited for an apple touch tablet. I really look forward to what they have to offer in terms of design and function, especially since Apple is so far late in the game where they are used to being the trend setters.
This move however will be a challenge. It could sink like the Apple Cube or MacBook air