Report: Apple in Tablet Talks with Australian Media

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
    Should Amazon or Sony start screaming patents and accuse Apple of being copycats like Apple does to their competition?
  • SamuelL421
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    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.
  • ravewulf
    What is with all these eReaders all of a sudden?

    I would still much rather use my laptop or desktop