Back in July, there were rumors of a new Apple product – essentially a larger version of the iPhone – that would be released in September. And then the Financial Times reported that this new product, called the iSlate or simply the Apple tablet, would be due out in time for the Christmas shopping season. As we approach the New Year, tantalizing details of this tablet PC gain new life – and we may be a bit closer to its launch. Really.
A tablet PC is a small mobile computer; in place of a keyboard is a stylus or touchscreen. A slate, which is a type of tablet, is a super slim, lightweight computer that have been used for years by the healthcare and education professions, as well as positions which require data on site during fieldwork. And this really is the only demographic in which tablets have made it big. Apple is hoping to change that.
Though no one knows what Apple’s version will look like, speculation runs rampant. Will it be more computer-like, allowing users to run Firefox and other Mac-compatible programs? Will it be a big iPhone onto which users install apps? A former Apple employee who worked on a tabled version of the tablet five years ago says that much of the technology in the new version is already commercially available in other Apple products, especially the iPhone. Back then, lack of software was the major reason it was scrapped. Because of the App Store, this is not seen as an impediment any longer.
TechCrunch writer, MG Siegler, writes, “And the truth is that Apple has already proven the concept. The iPhone is a tablet computer, just smaller…The iPhone is the computer I use the most now day in and day out. And again, I never thought I’d want one. So while the immediate use of the tablet in our homes already riddled with computer may not be apparent just yet, I have no doubt that it will prove itself to be very useful.”
But for what? No details have yet been released, but that hasn’t stopped people from making educated guesses. Here are some likely possibilities:
- It will be “an iPod on steroids,” (according to PC World) with a ten-inch screen
- The handheld slate will allow for gaming, HD movies, and web browsing more easily than with a smartphone.
- It will feature 3G broadband, and maybe WiFi and GPS.
- Instant on.
- It will weigh less than two pounds and less than 0.8 inches thick.
- It will be expensive. No one knows how much $500 to $1000 is most likely (and more likely still it will be towards the latter figure).
- It may have all-day battery life.
Some experts predict that you will be able to do about 90 percent of what you do on your laptop on the tablet – which, with its tiny, lightweight design, makes it functional, portable, and convenient. The big question is whether Apple can make this work when other tablets have failed to make a splash. We’ll see – possibly very soon.
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