Top 6 rumors about the Apple tablet
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Certainty: 80 percent
MacRumors broke the story on Christmas Day that Apple procured the web domain iSlate.com. At first glance it would be hard to conclude just on this fact that that would be the actual name of the product. But TechCrunch found out that Apple bought the domain from a dummy company set up several years ago by Apple.
Certainty: 90 percent
This is very likely. According to the rumor mill some sort of announcement is to be made on Jan. 7, followed by quarterly earnings around Jan. 20 and an “event” planned at the Yerba Buena Center in downtown San Francisco on Jan. 27. The Guardian.co.uk reports Apple rented a stage at the center, and it is the same location that Jobs had his big comeback (from the brink of death) coinciding with the launch of the iPods.
Certainty: 70 percent
Yesterday a leaked “Spec document” surfaced which indicates a 7.1” screen, but some have discredited it for its misspelling of the term Multi-touch. Apple spells it “Multi-Touch.” To date, the more prevalent rumor is that the device will have a 10” screen, stemming from a report that Apple placed a major order of 10” screens from Innolux.
Certainty: 50 percent
More probably it will be like a giant iTouch – halfway between a laptop and a mobile media player & camera with all the apps PLUS an e-book reader. Most everyone agrees the device could be packaged with a calling plan, but if so, the carrier is playing dumb. There are no current rumors about AT&T or any other network extending to the tablet.
Certainty: 90 percent
Apple is famous for pushing the envelope in user-interface, and there is no WAY that the device will be a simple multi-touch screen like the iPhone. The simple multi-touch function (which allows you to pinch the screen together or apart using two contact points) is so last decade.
Certainty: 20 percent
To me none of the rumors about the iSlate are more thought-provoking than the notion of a built-in projector which could deliver hi-def TV onto your wall at home. I’m going to put the chances of this at very low. No, the iSlate is not likely to kill TV anytime in the near future (especially once TVs go 3-D) but don’t forget the power of Apple to redefine entire industries (remember those CD players?). You never know.
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