On October 15 or 15, the New York Times’ Executive Editor, Bill Keller, gave a private speech during a meeting for the Time’s digital staff held at The Times Center in New York. In the speech, he made mention of an “Apple slate/Slate”. Could this be a confirmation to the much-rumored tablet’s existence?
The meeting was supposed to be off the record, but a video was made and given to Nieman Journalism Lab. It was posted on Vimeo on October 19. However, it was only on Sunday that Gawker picked out the reference for the tablet from Apple.
Keller was talking about the Times’ strategy for mobile devices. So what exactly was the speech?
“We need to figure out the right journalistic product to deliver to mobile platforms and devices,” Keller said. “I’m hoping we can get the newsroom more actively involved in the challenge of delivering our best journalism in the form of Times Reader, iPhone apps, WAP, or the impending Apple slate, or whatever comes after that.”
So was Keller talking about an Apple slate – a reference to just the rumored tablet we all have been hearing about? Or was he talking about THE Apple Slate – an actual product currently under wraps?
Just last month, Gizmodo uncovered a juicy tidbit about the rumoured tablet. It said that Apple execs maybe in talk with the big guys from magazines, newspapers and textbook companies to distribute print media through the tablet, including The New York Times. So does this mean there really IS an Apple Slate?
Well, there isn’t much to do for now but wait for more info to come out. Let’s just hope it comes sooner than later coz I know lots of folks are dying to find out – including me. 😉