The Apple Tablet Rumor Roundup

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    Over the years, there have always been those rumored Apple products and announcements that seem to take on a life of their own. Products that have been rumored for so long that you never actually think they will ever arrive. We can remember three other moments like this:

    - PowerMac G5 (2003)
    - Macintosh Moving to Intel Processors (2005)
    - The iPhone (2007)

    The Tablet easily falls into that category. Apple fans have been demanding a tablet-sized device from Apple as far back as the Newton days (15 years ago). Later interest in such a device morphed into a Mac version which we were convinced was poised to be released in 2003 but killed at the last minute. But over the past year, the Apple tablet has once again become the focus of the rumor community -- and this time it seems certain.

    The rumors for the tablet have been scattered all over the place with claims from analysts and other questionable sources taking the headlines. Instead of providing an exhaustive list of rumors, here's what we feel are most credible and most likely.

    The Wall Street Journal provides an overall image of what an Apple tablet will offer:
    Apple is said to be looking to change the way consumers interact with content. This would presumably be accomplished with live updating information and Apple's multi-touch technology. Multiple reports have indicated that Apple is meeting with book publishers, newspapers and other companies to provide content for the device.

    All reports have pointed to the use of the advanced Cortex A9 ARM processor in Apple's upcoming tablet. The use of this next generation processor should allow for good performance and relatively long battery life. It will also allow the tablet to run existing iPhone and iPod Touch apps unaltered -- a feature that has been rumored. The added horsepower could also allow for long rumored iPhone OS features such as multi-tasking. While some may be holding out hope for a Mac OS X based experience, there has been absolutely no evidence that the tablet will run anything related to Apple's desktop operating system, and the use of the ARM processor would eliminate the possibility of direct Mac application compatibility. It seems certain that the tablet will run an evolution of the iPhone operating system which has been designed for multi-touch interfaces.

    The device, itself, has been pegged at around 10" in size according to multiple reports with an appearance very similar to the current iPhone. A front facing camera may also be included with the device which would open the door to video conferencing. Optional 3G wireless connectivity in addition to built-in Wi-Fi is expected, though through which carrier remains uncertain.

    Apple has applied for trademarks for both iSlate and iPad. While it's possible Apple may have ultimately decided to go a different direction, the iPad application process remains ongoing with filings as recent as this month, making this seem to be the most likely candidate.

    Finally, the interface remains one of the most important pieces of the puzzle, but little has leaked about this. Patent applications over the years have provided hints at what might be possible, but the best reports simply describe it as "a good bit of new sexy" and that people will be surprised at how you interact with it.

    Steve Jobs seems to be very excited about the new product with second hand quotes describing it as the most important thing he's ever done. The last time we'd heard that Steve Jobs was excited about a product launch it was immediately prior to the launch of the iPhone in 2007.

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    I can't wait to hear what Apple has up their sleeve.. I have a ton of ideas running through my head and if any of them come true I am going to be a very happy camper. My checkbook won't be, but I will!!
     
  5. iOrlando macrumors 68000

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    this is somewhat sad reading it (sad as in sorrow). years and years of thoughts, ideas, talk, all coming down to tomorrow. thats sad, like a life-long friend going away forever.
     
  6. gibbz macrumors 68030

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    The hype is fever-pitched. Can't wait until tomorrow.
     
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    Nobody "really" knows anything...

    As always, rumors are just rumors. Nobody knows jack until the rumored item is actually released. It has always been like this. It's nice to see what some people have come up with and I hope this time :apple: is listening and they will give us what we want... Not like the iPhone, still without Flash after 3 years and 2 year wait for Copy & Paste...
     
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    "and that people will be surprised at how you interact with it. "

    I don't know what to think of that statement. Surprised would be if I had to use the back of my hand or my nose or elbow. I am expecting to use my fingers. Maybe the video camera will see gestures and that is what the surprise is.
     
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    this is mine and my 2 college age sons' belated christmas present
     
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    Will Macrumors provide a live text feed like they have in the past for things? Or just Engadget?
     
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    Very excited to see what happens, will be following on my train home after work...

    (6pm UTC, for those this side of the pond)
     
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    "This is huge."

    "Awesome!"

    "This is huge."

    "Awesome!"
     
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    Yeah, this is Steve's most important accomplishment: him retiring.

    Jokes on us then, and mister sad Orlando can go cry away...
     
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    This post in the PPC to Intel thread is hilarious:

    "Apple have betrayed us all never again will i use a mac and no more will they be as pc users flock to buy osx for pentium 4s :mad::mad: i wish i was there i would have bood"
     
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    I'm wondering where in Steve Jobs' address, tomorrow he actually gets to say "One more thing".

    Can't wait.
     
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    this device sounds fantastic.....















    I just have no idea why i would need one since I have an iphone & a macbook
     
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    I think what will be surprising is the fact that you interact with it exactly the same way you interact with the iPhone/iPodTouch.
     
  22. WLS macrumors 65816

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    Wasn't there a patent application for cameras on or behind the screen material itself? I'm starting to think that the surprise is as you say- that it will use gestures without having to touch the display. Cool stuff indeed!
     
  23. Consultant macrumors G5

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    You forgot "boom!" And jaw dropping of crowd. =p
     
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    It's taken me a while to understand the reason or the point of the tablet, but I'm starting to see it. It's about the shift in the way we get content. Media industry talks about 3 TV's-- traditional TV, PC and now mobile phone... the tablet is indeed a new product category that circumvents these three existing spaces and creates a hybrid of them, a logical convergence of portability, unlimited access, and features. It's evolutionary and revolutionary at the same time. Assuming what we have is a mini-computer, a media/entertainment player, a reader, and a game machine, it basically assigns every media task to one personal device in a way that is truly usable for all those things. It gets rid of the small screen of an iphone, the bulk of a traditional pc or laptop, and acknowledges the death of TV broadcasting as we know it.

    Of course no one knows anything about it, but assuming the rumors are mostly correct, it is, in a sense, the most obvious product in the world.
     

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