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Gizmodo’s “Insider” Scoop on Apple Tablet

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mactabletmockupInteresting happenings going on today regarding the mythic Apple Tablet. First we see some questionable video evidence. Then Gizmodo’s top dog shares a discussion with an insider contact who “may or may not have sat in some Apple meetings for the tablet.” Per their conversation:

“The device, which I’ve held mock ups of, is going to have a 10 inch screen, and when I saw it looked just like a giant iPhone, with a black back— although that design could change at any time” they said, “with the same black resin back, and the familiar home button.” That’s obvious.

“But it will come in two editions, one with a webcam and one for educational use.”

Nothing groundbreaking in the first bit, but a release of two editions is a new wrinkle. Other ideas were that it could be used as a secondary screen/input device for Mac and that it could be available for the holiday season. None of this is official of course and their insider could very well have been fed false info (part of Apple’s crazy secrecy strategy), but Gizmodo is pretty diligent about smashing (and mocking) rumors.

On that note, I noticed a new build of Mac OS X Snow Leopard was seeded to developers yesterday, purportedly the gold master version of the OS, coincidentally right before these videos of the Apple Tablet showed up. Makes me wonder if those videos aren’t just showing off new interface options and hiding them under the tablet rumor.

Alleged Apple fanboi, accused Android apologist, and confirmed Microsoft MVP for touch and tablet Mark Sumimoto a.k.a. Sumocat dabbles in all areas of mobile computing with a focus on Windows-based Tablet PCs and pen input. A mobile computing enthusiast since 2004, he pioneered the field of ink blogging via his personal blog, Sumocat's Scribbles. His current tools include a Fujitsu Lifebook T900, TEGA v2, and iPhone 4. Email: sumocat [at] notebooks.com

3 Comments

  1. turn.self.off

    08/13/2009 at 10:34 am

    second screen? why am i reminded of microsoft smartdisplay?

    oh, and 700-900?! ouch ouch ouch! unless they manage to make it a “cool kid” must have, no way will that sell much…

  2. GoodThings2Life

    08/13/2009 at 2:26 pm

    If it works like an iPod, I agree no way it will be more than a novelty to the Apple fanboys and mindless zealots with too much money.

    But if it’s more like a slate-form Tablet PC in function, then I might think they’re on to something good. Of course, that will beg for a stylus and a note-taking ink-enabled app…

  3. Virtuous

    08/13/2009 at 3:02 pm

    No one needs an extravegent house or a Lexus, but you don’t have to look far to find one.

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