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Excitement over the expected Apple tablet computer
iTablet? iPad? iReader? iMakeOthersLookLame?

 7:24 pm on Dec 24, 2009 (gmt 0)

On Wednesday, the Financial Times reported on its blog that the company has rented a stage at a venue in San Francisco and will make a "major product announcement" on Jan. 26....

The tablet could be a touch-screen device that resembles a larger iPhone or iPod touch, and could cost anywhere from $500 to $1,000, analysts have said.

There is a 50 percent chance that Apple will announce the tablet in January, with a shipping date by the end of March, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said in a research note on Wednesday.

Also, this:
It came out last summer that Jobs was intimately involved with every detail of bringing the tablet to market. It seems that the device has finally gotten Jobs's seal of approval: when asked if the tablet rumors were true, a senior Apple executive gave The New York Times a rather coy reply. "I can't really say anything," he said, "but, let's just say Steve is extremely happy with the new tablet."

The Amazon Kindles, Barnes and Noble Nooks, and the other e-readers have all left me cold. But, if they could get it right, I'd get one and use it every day. (I'd get two, one for my wife and one for me.)



 8:35 pm on Dec 24, 2009 (gmt 0)

The Apple tablet is threatening to approach Yeti status, but here's an indication that it will turn out to be real: the company has told some of its key developers to prepare versions of their iPhone apps that will work on a device with a larger screen, in time for an event next month.


 1:00 am on Dec 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

If it doesn't run a full version of snow leopard: not interested.

Already have a MBP and an iphone, no need to get a larger iPhone.
I do need to get tethering back on the iPhone (worked in 3.0, then stopped do I really need to jailbreak it for that ?) [My operator allows tethering, my iPhone is factory unlocked, it's apple that disabled tethering]


 9:33 pm on Dec 25, 2009 (gmt 0)


MacRumors.com discovered that Apple purchased the domain for "islate.com" back in 2007.

What we know: islate.com was registered to Apple in 2007, through an intermediary (to disguise its true owner). At the moment, that domain doesn't seem to lead anywhere--and there are a few possible explanations. First, Apple bought it as a protective measure, to stop anyone else from using that "i" prefix with that particular word. Second, Apple had or has plans for either a product or a project by that name. Third, it's the tablet. Or fourth, it's Apple's take on Slate.com.


 10:37 pm on Dec 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

History buffs might remember that Apple was actually first in the market for PDA's, with the "Newton" back around '93 or '94. But it didn't offer a lot of bang for the buck, and prior to the Internet, its use was limited. It died quickly.

Too bad for Apple -- first to market, and then completely left out of the market.


 8:47 pm on Dec 29, 2009 (gmt 0)

then completely left out of the [PDA] market.

The iPhone and iPod Touch are Apple's PDAs, and successors to the ahead-of-its-time Newton.

If it doesn't run a full version of snow leopard: not interested.

I agree, if this thing is locked down like the iPhone, I won't want it. I kind of expect it will be; Apple has been making a lot of money with that model.


 7:52 pm on Jan 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

I can hardly wait for the 26th. I've been waiting for so long for this! I predict that because of CES, the Nexus One, and the iSlate, January 2010 will be regarded as one of the most exciting months for tech gadgets ever! (to be followed quickly by even more exciting months, of course)


 6:20 pm on Jan 20, 2010 (gmt 0)

Whoa! You got it from me on WW first. (If this is true.)

Chris Matyszczyk at Cnet reports it might be called iPad...
...As the pursuers themselves admit, they still haven't linked iPad directly to Apple headquarters. But, seeing as we're passing the time together here, try these versions of the same sentence out for sighs: "I've got The New York Times on my iSlate/iTablet/iGuide/iPad/iDoodleyDoo."

Which of those feels most real to you? Which of these makes you breathe more deeply and exhale more sonorously? This iPad thing just might have something to it, no? It's another "P" after iPod and iPhone. And it's at least slightly more intimate than "tablet."

Perhaps this is, indeed, the Holy Grail. Though iDoodleyDoo doesn't sound all that bad either.

Also, I saw one report (said to come from China) that it might be 22-inches. That's doubtful.


 6:26 pm on Jan 20, 2010 (gmt 0)

OK, I'm not the first in the world to suggest iPad. But, I was the first here.

travelin cat

 7:55 pm on Jan 20, 2010 (gmt 0)

I hope that's not the name... that's awful and too close to iPod

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