Apple Tablet Design Reportedly Akin to Flattened First-Generation iPhone

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    AppleInsider reports that it has received information from sources detailing the appearance of Apple's much-rumored tablet device, noting that it is reminiscent of a "first-generation iPhone that's met its match with a rolling pin."


    Concept rendering said to closely resemble actual Apple tablet
    According to the report, the device looks remarkably similar to a concept rendering published early last year but with even more similarities to the iPhone beyond those depicted in the rendering, offering buttons and other features nearly identical to the iPhone 3GS.
    Such proclaimed similarity to the iPhone 3GS may lend credibility to recently-published images claimed to be the tablet's front bezel. The images had been thought extremely suspect, in part due to their near exact likeness to the iPhone 3GS.

    Other sources cited in today's report also claim that prototypes of the tablet have offered components making it compatible with CDMA wireless networks such as Verizon's, which would back up increasing claims, including some as recently as today, that Apple and Verizon have partnered on the new device. AppleInsider is careful to note, however, that it has been unable to confirm CDMA compatibility for the final shipping product.

    Article Link: Apple Tablet Design Reportedly Akin to Flattened First-Generation iPhone
  2. NewSc2 macrumors 65816

    Jun 4, 2005
    New York, NY
    I hope they don't go with the 1st-generation iPhone tax. Or bundle 3G service with the tablet.
  3. talkingfuture macrumors 65816


    Dec 4, 2008
    The back of beyond.
    I wonder if the 'black border that bleeds into the aluminium' will be like the edge of the new iMacs. I think that looks pretty cool.
  4. rfahey macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2009
    This is the first mockup i've seen that looks halfway decent.
  5. freeny macrumors 68020


    Sep 27, 2005
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    I thought it was this...

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  6. gdzb macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2008
  7. NewSc2 macrumors 65816

    Jun 4, 2005
    New York, NY
    Be prepared to wait till March?
  8. iphones4evry1 macrumors 65816


    Nov 26, 2008
    California, USA
    Bingo! MacBook Air without a fold-out keyboard! :)

    Same here. I don't want 3G on my Tablet! I want Wi-Fi only. I have an iPhone if I need to look something up while walking through the park.
  9. sva macrumors regular

    Oct 8, 2007
    Wales, near England.
    I don't like the idea of a home button. Surely it'll be awkward on such a large device?
  10. cmaier macrumors G5

    Jul 25, 2007
    It sure would be. Hopefully due to improved gestural support, you won't have to use the home button very often.
  11. BryanLyle macrumors 6502a


    Aug 2, 2005
    Built in connectivity (ala Kindle) had better be there. The last thing I need is yet another $60 a month data plan. I have enough of those already.
  12. londonmystery macrumors 6502


    Jun 1, 2009
    London, UK
    Make that 2 of us, I only live 10 minutes from there. :):)
  13. cmaier macrumors G5

    Jul 25, 2007
    If you expect free 3G, you'll be sorely disappointed.
  14. CWallace macrumors 603


    Aug 17, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    I suppose it depends on the OS and OS interface.

    That mockup shows OS X as it looks on the Macintosh. A Home button would be pointless with such an interface, just as it is on your iMac or MacBook.

    The latest slate of rumors seem to point to it actually using the iPhone OS and interface, so it would be a collection of "application buttons" like the iPhone. In such a scenario, a Home button would make sense and reinforce it being an "iPhone Plus" as opposed to a "MacBook Minus".
  15. aca11811 macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2008
    "first-generation iPhone that's met its match with a rolling pin."

    I really hope this is true, I think the thickness of this device will be crucial. I think a big reason why alot of tablets so far have failed is because of their thickness and weight (among other reasons, os etc.). Apples tablet needs to be light and thin so it is comfortable to hold for long durations. As its gonna be about 10 inches I feel it needs to be iPhone thickness (max) or less in order for it to be comfortable to hold. I'm sure there will be people that when they see it so thin will claim that Apple have put style over function, and that they should have put made it thicker & put a bigger battery etc. etc.

    For this device to be great it needs to be thin.
  16. ghostface147 macrumors 68030


    May 28, 2008
    Pass. I see no use for this device for my needs. It doesn't do anything my phone or laptop can't do. I am sure it will find it's niche.
  17. thecartoonguy macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2008
    You took the words right out my mouth.
  18. iamPro macrumors regular

    May 15, 2009
    I too like that idea.

    But, unfortunately, I don't think that will be the case with the tablet.

    Really hope it looks better than a blown up 2G iPhone.
  19. cmaier macrumors G5

    Jul 25, 2007
    Do you also decide that dinner's going to taste yucky before you see the menu?
  20. Marcusjlang macrumors member

    Jul 30, 2008
    If it is a big iPod Touch with some new revolutionary features, I can read (pirate) interactive ebooks and magazines with it, and still watch tv and surf the net, and it's less than 800 dollars, this could be very very interesting.

    Apple wants these things to sell like hot cakes which makes me wonder about the price. Maybe it will be like the first gen iPhone, very expensive just for the fanboy suckers, and in a matter of months a major price drop.
  21. Legolover64 macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2008
    Very interesting. As I've said before, I predict it will have Verizon AND AT&T built in, and you'll pay Apple monthly to get service. Why make iPhone users sign up with another company? Not a great idea.

    I'm absolutely stoked to write some applications for this device! I only hope that there will be an awesome note-taking application; as a student and computer scientist, that is a "killer app" for me. That and eTextbooks.

    What do people think about the "necessity" of syncing the device? That is, how much will it act as a computer, and how much will it act as a peripheral device such as an iPod or iPhone?

    Really excited for Wednesday!
  22. spice weasel macrumors 65816

    Jul 25, 2003
    On this week's MacBreak Weekly, Leo and the gang were discussing this. Alex Lindsay said he thinks that the bandwidth cost of downloading whatever content would be included in the price of that content. So a couple of cents or whatever would go to the provider each time you downloaded something. This precludes, of course, the ability to send and receive data for regular surfing, email, etc., which would require WiFi.

    Just speculation, but a cool model. Is this what the Kindle does?
  23. thecartoonguy macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2008
    I would say the price will help determine a niche. If it sells for 600-700 it could do quite well.
  24. metrobot macrumors newbie

    Apr 27, 2005
    which applications?

    so i won't be able to play Logic Pro on this? I'm fine if it's not a processing power house, but i wouldn't pay $800 or a grand not to be able to play basic mac applications.

    If it's really just a kindle plus, it's a toy. A nice sexy toy. But I already have an iphone for that.
  25. DipDog3 macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2002
    The 3G and 3GS casing is really easy to break. I doubt it would work on that large of a case.

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