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Apple Tablet Coming September, Claims FT

We've heard more than a few Apple Mac tablet PC rumours over the years, so it's hard to lend any much credence. Nonetheless, the Financial Times reckons to have sourced confirmation that a tablet PC will be forthcoming from Apple this September.

According to the FT's sources, "The new touch-sensitive device Apple is working on will have a screen that may be up to 10 inches diagonally." That the purported tablet will have Internet access isn't hard to believe, but the suggestion that there will be "access to Apple's online stores" is more interesting.

Although the reference could simply be to downloads from the iTunes Store, in iTunes, it's possible to think the tablet might not come with OS X, but instead with a custom interface as seen in the iPhone. The tablet being more an over-sized iPod touch, rather than an extra-portable, touchscreen MacBook, in that case. Unlikely, perhaps, but still possible.

It's hard to imagine a portable device form Apple not being multimedia friendly. According to 'one entertainment executive,' "it's going to be fabulous for watching movies." Likewise, the FT says book publishers are hoping to offer eBooks on an Apple tablet device, potentially offering a rival to Amazon's Kindle.

I'm still sceptical, but if Apple wants to prove me wrong, so much the better.

Link:

Financial Times.

GoldenGuy

July 27, 2009, 3:41 pm

You know what's really good for viewing movies? Yeah - that! Fix your drives now.

xbrumster

July 27, 2009, 3:53 pm

mighty.. I was wondering this might come onto TR eventually and you guys just proved it, though most of the rumours circulating suggest it would come in early 2010.





let's hope it's properly equipped and has a massive wow factor.

Brian ONeill

July 27, 2009, 4:10 pm

In my view amazon only care about selling ebooks, they just created the kindle to stimulate the ebook market. It would make sense for apple to do a deal with amazon to support their ebooks. Everyone wins.

HarryGlass

July 27, 2009, 4:36 pm

Well this rumour has been popping up a lot lately so I think it's probably fair to guess that after many years of testing Apple are finally ready to ship their tablet. I see them marketing it as an alternative to a netbook. Thinner and lighter (no keyboard) and all touchy-feely, for that you'll pay a premium (less is more folks). So for people who want to surf the web, check emails and other online activities, watch videos and play some basic games it'll be great. Certainly it could kill the Crunchpad before it even gets out; well price depending - in reality the Crunchpad could show up the Apple Tablet. I think it's main problem will be the fact Windows 7 will be out for a few months by then and people who want a big more power & flexibility (Office, Photoshop (yeah you can run PS on a netbook) and anything else text intensive) will find it lacking. Also Windows 7 has pretty good touch capabilities, Acer have a touch friendly net-blet (sorry) & Sony have said they're looking into touch in a big way, so it's not like Apple will be unique.





Personally I'd rather have something a bit bigger that can do more and has a proper keyboard, if it was cheap i'd consider one for fun, but being Apple I doubt it will be.

HarryGlass

July 27, 2009, 4:38 pm

I agree with you Brian. And Amazon have an iPhone app, so I'm sure however this plays out they'll be happy. That said unless this screen is amazing it won't be a tenth as nice to read on as the Kindle without e-ink.

Hugo

July 27, 2009, 4:45 pm

Not to mention much, much more demanding on the battery, HK.

Chris

July 27, 2009, 4:50 pm

Coming from Apple, any such device would have to re-invent the tablet interface before it could meet their high UI and 'user experience' standards, while still being uniquely Apple. As such, I'd be amazed if it didn't come with a whole new OS (or at least, a heavily modified OS X).


I'd love it to be priced as a posh netbook, but unfortunately, being Apple, it'll be at least twice the money.

Ripsnorter

July 27, 2009, 4:53 pm

This could turn out to be just an iPod Touch on steroids, with a bigger and better screen. An iPod Fondle or Grope, perhaps? I know Apple won't do cheap netbooks but I really wish they would do a more expensive one, then.

xbrumster

July 27, 2009, 5:04 pm

@HK I am sure Apple technoz will equip the tablet with some kind of bluetooth/usb so you can carry a super flat / laser keyboard and a mini mouse to photoshopping...





I was hoping to replace my diary with it and be able to update my websites / seo whenever..





And surely Apple will push out updates year on year just like ipod/iphone to get you hooked..

hankb6d

July 27, 2009, 5:39 pm

LOL cannot wait for the pricing (The OFFICIAL Apple USB mains plug charger in Argos £21!!!!) they cost £3 on Ebay LOL

Cub

July 27, 2009, 5:39 pm

Apple have admitted that they're working on a large touchscreen device, but as with everything Apple release, they won't rush it out of the door before it's ready (any one who mentions cut'n'paste go to the back of the room).





I seriously doubt that we'll see anything like this this year, maybe next year but I'd still be surprised. One option is that it will run OS X as we know and love it, just modified enough to give an onscreen keyboard probably akin to that of the iPhone. Apple won't want to segregate their Developers further by giving them a third platform to work on.


The more likely bet (although that depends on the size of the device, really) is the reverse, a slightly modified version of Apple's Mobile OS, allowing up-scaling of any iPhone app to allow it to run on a larger screen, but also greatly extending the SDK to allow an App to expand gracefully to a larger format display... I doubt they'll keep it as an seperate, independant, 3rd OS.





Personally, I'm looking forward to playing a mashup of Flight Control and Harbour Master on a 10" screen :)





Also looking forward to eating my hat regarding when it's released...

xbrumster

July 27, 2009, 6:11 pm

I bet the launching date in UK is way far behind than that in the US... if there is one coming in sep or oct... xmas anyone?

ChaosDefinesOrder

July 27, 2009, 6:22 pm

Here's my expectations:





1) It'll cost twice as mush as the current most expensive netbook


2) only 1 USB port and no ethernet port (like the Macbook Air)


3) heavy implementation of multi-touch requiring you to use one hand to hold the unit and the other hand to operate it, but they'll have a smooth slipery back so in reality you'll either be unable to use the multi-touch or you'll have to put it down somewhere negating the tablet aspect. (yes I am anti-apple, and yes this is partly referencing the original iPhone)





oh, and it'll probably be tied to a specific network carrier for inbuilt HSDPA and despite being fine to be used without the data card, will required it to function and be activated via iTunes





;-P





In all seriousness, this sounds like it might be a good product. The tablet PC sector really needs a kick up the proverbial (oh, wait, Apple don't make PCs, they make Macs...) And if anyone can make a decent, usable hardware for a tablet, Apple can. I hate their software but admire their design philosophy (if not their pricing!). Personally, I think putting a custom OS like a scaled up iPhone will be a bad idea for them, much better to put an optimised MacOS X and allow Bootcamp for Windows 7 - they'd have more customers if they allow people intending to try Windows 7 on a proper tablet interface to buy the unit as well as trying to pursuade people to turn to the fruity side!

davef

July 27, 2009, 6:52 pm

Well if other reports are anything to go by, Apple are looking to re-invent the CD booklet. In addition to this being a media player/viewer, I can see this as being a companion to your Now Playing music, displaying interactive information on the currently playing artist, album, song etc.

xbrumster

July 27, 2009, 7:46 pm

I would expect this iTablet to be capable of utilizing 4G network as rumours saying Verizon is planning on improving its infustructure to possibly facilitate this. Digital cd booklet can be fairly size-craving I bet.





And who will be the possible carrier in UK? O2 anyone?

Peter

July 27, 2009, 7:59 pm

I'm curious as to what this will turn out to be like. It would be sweet if one side of the tablet had a e-ink display and the other side a touchscreen OLED / LCD. Which would fold back on itself. Could be good for students.

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