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Reading for the Last Weekend Before the Apple Tablet



500x_hello-tabletThis is the last weekend before the Apple Tablet is announced and with the expectations and speculation ramped up to almost impossible to achieve new heights I’ve enjoyed the craziness, the silliness, the real and the off-base reporting, and well, the entire circus. I hope you have too, because I’m guessing it will be some time before we see this kind of run up coming our way again.

All of the chatter, speculation, and rumors are starting to coalesce in some interesting ways and I don’t think Photoshop has been used this extensively outside of the advertising business. As the world (remember this thing is going to transform dying industries) begins to hold its breath, I’ve seen a couple of posts that might be worth some weekend reading time.

The first is Patently Apple’s Tablet Prophecies. In two parts, this treatise goes back and takes a look at the various patents we’ve seen over the years heading into this release. It is well worth a read.

The next piece comes from The Week. It lists a comprehensive time line of Apple Tablet rumors and info dating back to 2002. Yep, 2002.

Among the speculation are lots of pieces that say what the Apple Tablet should be, or what the authors want it to be.  This one from Gizmodo looks back to Jef Raskin’s original ideas about computers and interfaces and the like. The post has its up and downs, but it offers some interesting perspective.

So, there is a small list of weekend reading for you, if you’re interested, and goodness knows I wouldn’t be surprised if you were as exhausted by all of this as I am. One thing is certain, next week a new chapter of some kind begins, and the speculation begins anew, but the next round will be based on what info Apple chooses to reveal at the announcement.



  1. TateJ

    01/22/2010 at 8:20 am

    Here is a thought. What if apple doesn’t announce a tablet on the 27th? We have been here before and didn’t see a tablet announced. Remember, apple has neither confirmed or denied the existence of an apple tablet.

  2. David

    01/22/2010 at 8:30 am

    I’m hoping the tablet isn’t merely a blown up iphone. I want one anyways, of course.

  3. Warner Crocker

    01/22/2010 at 9:57 am

    @TateJ: Wondered that myself. Given all the hype this time around (it is exponentially greater than in previous incarnations) Apple would take a huge hit is my guess. The stakes are incredibly high for a “release announcement” and the next few months will lead to how high they are about the device itself.

  4. Clayton

    01/22/2010 at 11:43 am

    I’m not a big fan of Macs or Apple in general, but I do like my iPod. I’m thinking about how awesome the games would be! XD

    Nobody likes to make Windows-tablet games, for some reason. O_o

  5. Sumocat

    01/22/2010 at 2:04 pm

    If Apple doesn’t announce a tablet, the people most screwed will be everyone in the industry waiting for Apple to release a tablet. The OEMs seem absolutely frozen in place, fearful of how Apple will “reshape” the market. Content providers seem to be banking on Apple to rejuvenate their industries. I would hope someone would move forward if Apple doesn’t deliver, but neither group seems eager to take the first step (they certainly could have by now).

  6. Bruce Miller

    01/26/2010 at 12:10 am

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