Apple Tablet: Another slip, another confirmation?

Well, we may treat this as another confirmation to our growing list of evidences of the tablet’s existence..or not. However, any mention of this illusive tablet from the Cupertino company is well-worth discussing, don’t you think?

You may remember a few months back that New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller made a “slip” and mentioned the “impending Apple slate” at an internal meeting with his digital staff.

This time, it’s France Telecom deputy chief executive Stéphane Richard that uhm, made an affirmation regarding the tablet.

According to PCWorld, in an interview with journalist Jean Pierre Elkabbach, Richard twice interrupted with a “Oui” when Elkabbach talked of reports of an Apple tablet. Now, unless my French are that rusty, “Oui” means, “Yes”, right?

And when asked if Orange (owned by the French Telecom) customers will be able to enjoy the product, the deputy chief exec responded with “Bien sûr” which in English means, “Of course”.

So does mean this one’s a keeper? The PR people at Orange don’t want us to think so. They are now scrambling to recover from the slip, telling the MocoNews that Richard’s comments don’t count as confirmation and his words were just taken out of context, poorly translated, yada yada.

Well, what do you think?


On the Apple Tablet: Did New York Times slip?

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.  😉


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