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Old 12-24-2009, 12:11 PM   #1
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Apple iTablet: the story continues

From CNet news article: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-...orsPicksArea.0

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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.

Add that to the news that Apple has reportedly booked the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco "for several days in late January," according to the Financial Times, and it's pretty easy to connect the dots. It's a very good bet we're getting a look at this thing within the next 30 days or so.

A mobile industry source tells me developers have been told that the mystery device will be shown off at the event only, but won't be ready to ship (Dan Frommer at Alley Insider relays the same news).
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Old 12-24-2009, 12:48 PM   #2
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I think the biggest problem they're going to have it living up to the hype over the last 9 months. If it doesn't do everything that everyone has already said it was going to do then people will be disappointed. On the other hand it is Apple, so it will be cool if nothing else

I'm very interested in seeing this mythical device. I bet it is going to be seen next month because after tomorrow the elves will have some free time to work on it, then they just have to line up the unicorns to deliver it
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Old 12-24-2009, 12:50 PM   #3
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I think the biggest problem they're going to have it living up to the hype over the last 9 months. If it doesn't do everything that everyone has already said it was going to do then people will be disappointed. On the other hand it is Apple, so it will be cool if nothing else

I'm very interested in seeing this mythical device. I bet it is going to be seen next month because after tomorrow the elves will have some free time to work on it, then they just have to line up the unicorns to deliver it
Don't forget the incredible hype over the iPhone, both before it was announced, and then in the 6 months before it shipped. I think they ended up ok anyways
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Old 12-24-2009, 12:56 PM   #4
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I never got that the hype about the "iTablet". There will probably be other, less expensive, tablets.
Most of time apple products just don't fit me.
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Old 12-24-2009, 02:02 PM   #5
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I have a feeling that if anything does actually come up it is going to be hella expensive
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Old 12-24-2009, 02:04 PM   #6
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According to Ars Technica Steve Jobs was heavily involved with the development and is very happy with the tablet.
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Old 12-24-2009, 03:12 PM   #7
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It does look more and more like this is actually going to come out.

I'm very interested in seeing what it does. I'm skeptical an apple tablet will suit my needs in a tablet, but if nothing else it should spur a bunch more tablets from other companies.

I'll really want something inbetween a PDA and a full fledged tablet/slate PC.
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I think the biggest problem they're going to have it living up to the hype over the last 9 months. If it doesn't do everything that everyone has already said it was going to do then people will be disappointed. On the other hand it is Apple, so it will be cool if nothing else

I'm very interested in seeing this mythical device. I bet it is going to be seen next month because after tomorrow the elves will have some free time to work on it, then they just have to line up the unicorns to deliver it
more like 9-years... My money is that this "tablet" will be at most a 5" panel, if it ever does come to exist. That is the only way Apple can become a competitor in the market for customers other than the blinded faithful who buy anything "Steve Mobs" tells them they need.

Elves and unicorns indeed!! You know Mobs only employs demons, imps and kobalds!!

Still, it would be an interesting device that could light a fire under the rear ends of other device makers. Look now there is even a first for the Kindle with the new crossword puzzle app...if Amazon opens the platform, finally, that could really throw a wrench into the "Mobs" plan...

BTW, the "Mobs" thing is a joke referring to an episode of The Simpson's where Lisa gets a "Mapple MyPod"...hehehehe...
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Old 12-25-2009, 03:48 AM   #9
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More fuel to this fire on CNN Money:

http://brainstormtech.blogs.fortune....blet-in-march/

They're saying a $600 price point - I was expecting closer to 8 or 9. And all that assumes there ever IS such a device.
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What do you expect when mythical creatures are involved.

I'll believe in Apple iTablets, large or small, when I see one. I probably won't buy one, since I generally loathe Apple products[1], but I'll believe in it if I see one.

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[1] To preclude nattering nabobs:
a) overpriced
b) overdesigned
c) overhyped
d) not particularly innovative
e) overmarketed (evangelists, really?)
f) bad color choices (white or light colors, for a device you carry around and get skin oil all over it?)
g) I hate WIMP GUI's. I need a shell or console window once in a while.
h) limited software selection (applicable mostly to their computers)
i) poor interface design (applicable mostly to the iPhone/Touch)
j) overcontrolled. Jobs is some kind of paranoid or something.
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Old 12-25-2009, 12:21 PM   #12
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Rumors boost Apple stock

As a side note to this circus, from CNet news, http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-10421795-37.html:

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But being as it's Christmas Eve and all, we'll go out on a limb and offer you this nugget anyway. Apple's stock closed Thursday at an all time high of $209.04, up 6.94 points (3.43 percent) in a shortened day of trading on unconfirmed rumors that the company might unveil a long-awaited portable tablet computer next month.
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Old 12-25-2009, 12:39 PM   #13
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iSlate rumor

And supposed evidence (http://www.macrumors.com/2009/12/24/...called-islate/) that Apple purchased the domain name islate.com in 2007.
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If there is such a thing as the Apple Tablet, it won't be released to the public until Fall 2010 and after
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