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?


Apple tablet to be available on March 2010

Well, at least that’s what The Wall Street Journal says.

While others are still speculating about the existence of this slate or tablet, including endless rumors as to what it’ll feature and what it will look like, it seems that the WSJ is well-ahead and has found out when the device will actually be available in the market.

According to the WSJ, its sources say that the company plans to unveil the tablet this month but will begin shipping out the product on March.

Sources of the Journal say that the 10- or 11-inch tablet computer will start shipping in March of this year. Another source of the Journal say that there are at least two different finishes for the device and Apple is still undecided as to the final pricing for each.

These sources, according to the WSJ are the “people briefed by the company.”

What do you think? Seems plausible?


Apple tablet to be launched in Spring 2010

Or at least that’s what an analyst says.

If you’re tired of hearing about this yet-to-be-seen but much talked-about Apple tablet (you read our first article on this here, and then here, here and oh yeah, here), too bad for you. As long as Apple keeps mum about this supposedly “new” gadget of theirs, the rumor mill is never gonna stop turning.

So anyway, in this new tidbit according to a research note from Oppenheimer, Apple is readying to launch a multi-touch tablet next year – around March or April. They said the company is set to release as much 1 million units per month.

Unlike other rumors, this one says the tablet will have a 10.1-inch multi-touch LCD screen.

“Our checks into Apple’s supply chain indicate that the manufacturing cogs for the tablet are creaking into action and should begin to hit a mass market stride in February,” Yair Reiner, an Oppenheimer analyst, wrote.

“The February ramp schedule suggests a late March or April commercial release, since Apple will need to build at least 5-6 weeks of inventory before going live.”

According to Reiner, this gadget will be challenging Kindle’s number one seat on the ebook market – or at least in the hearts of publishers. Compared to Kindle’s 70 percent cut to publishers with exclusive rights given to Amazon, Apple is offering the same cut but without requiring exclusivity.

“As innovative as it is, we believe the Kindle has disgruntled the publishing industry (book, newspaper, and magazine) by demanding exclusivity, disallowing advertising, and demanding a wolfish cut of revenue,” Reiner wrote. “The tablet is set to change that.”

Can’t wait for next year? Me either. 😉


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.  😉


A newspaper-like Apple Tablet

This is again, about the undying rumor of the still-invisible Apple Tablet. This time, Gizmodo scored some additional juicy with regards to the much-rumored tablet.

In an article, Gizmodo says Apple execs maybe in talk with the big guys from magazines, newspapers and textbook companies to distribute print media through the tablet.  It includes The New York Times, and possibly McGraw Hill and Oberlin Press.

The article also said that a few years back,  a version of Apple’s OS X software was shown to Steve Jobs running on a multitouch tablet. The problem was that when asked “What would people do with this?”, they couldn’t find any answer, that’s why the idea wasn’t pursued. So with these new “developements”, does this mean Apple finally found a use for it?

But since Amazon’s Kindle is doing pretty well in this market with their static e-ink, the challenge then for Apple is to surpass it by integrating features that’ll convince both traditional readers and new readers. How? Uhm, let’s leave it to them, I’m pretty sure they’ll come up with a pretty good answer. 😉


Apple Tablet available on Feb 2010?

“There’s no smoke without the fire”, is an old saying that mac lovers probably hope holds true when it comes to the rumors about the Apple tablet.

And although the Apple event already took place last week and no Apple tablet was announced (leaving a lot of people disappointed), the rumors haven’t stopped circulating.

Now, a new “ update” about the tablet is circulating the web, and its saying that the Apple tablet is gonna be available on February next year. According to The Taiwan Economic News, this date came from Taiwanese parts suppliers.

The yet-to-be-seen device is said to have a 9.6-inch touch screen display and built-in HSPDA wireless date module. The processor is said to have been manufactured by PA SEMI, and some 300,000 long-lasting batteries for the tablet is said to be built by DynaPack International Technology too.

The rumor also says Wanshih Electronic Company has manufactured the cables, Mag. Layers Scientific-Technics Company for the power chokes, and Wintek has provided the display screens.

All these companies are from Taiwan and if you start thinking it’s not possible, it is. Wintek actually provides the display screens for Apple’s iPhone while Mag. Layers has also been supplying power chokes for Apple for some time now too.

Pretty specific for a rumor huh? 🙂


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