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Consensus: No (real) Apple tablet at this year’s iPod event

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Been waiting and waiting for some new “insider” to step forward, but it seems everyone is onboard with the report that Apple’s iPod event on September 9th (09/09/09) will not introduce the mythic tablet. Guess this means we won’t see one until next year (or the year after that, or two years later, etc., etc.) At least not a real one.

In the meantime, might I suggest checking out Gizmodo’s mockup contest for showing the Apple Tablet being used in real life. There are a few entries from the usual haters of Apple, Microsoft, and/or tablets, but many are insightful and true-to-life (sadly in some cases). I particularly like #53 (shown here), which I interpret as a hopeful harbinger of the Apple Tablet helping the original Tablet PC vision come to pass (but may have been created as a slam).

As far as what will be at this event, safe money is on the well-predicted new models of iPod touch and nano with cameras and increased storage and a new version of iTunes sporting that rumored Cocktail functionality. Wish I could be excited, but the anticipation has long built and is now long passed. Hope they roll out something unexpected even if it’s not a tablet (though a tablet would be ideal).

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

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