In case you haven't heard, Apple
has an even planned for the 27th of this month
. No one knows for sure except for those who aren't saying,
but all signs are pointing the release of the oft-rumored Apple Tablet
that has been whispered about for months on end now. For those still
doubting that such a product exists, you should probably have a look at
a fresh piece from the Wall Street Journal.
According to the article, famed publishing house HarperCollins is in
talks with Apple to make e-books available for the introduction "of a
new tablet device from Apple." Granted, these are still just rumors
from people inside, but when the WSJ reports it, there's a good chance
that truth is behind it. If all of this pans out, Apple's so-called
Tablet could actually pose a serious threat to Amazon's Kindle--not to
mention all of those other e-readers that were just introduced at CES.
Most every reader out (and coming out soon) is based on e-ink
technology; it's great for battery life, it's relatively cheap and it
serves the purpose. But when shown beside a real, live color screen,
there's really no comparison. Apple has never been one to battle for
market share at the low-end, so it's pretty safe to assume that the
Apple Tablet will be pricier than most. That said, it will also be
likely to handle more applications than most, and it should be more
like a multi-functional computer than strictly a reading device.
What's still to be revealed is exactly how these books will be sold.
Will they be sold via iTunes, or by some other HarperCollins-approved
method? We'd guess that Apple would want to continue its iTunes
ecosystem into the world of e-books, but who knows what compromises
will have to be made to make this all work. Either way, Apple has
promised a new "creation" for consumers on the 27th, and at this point,
we can only imagine the global disappointment if Apple were to not
unveil a tablet during the keynote. Hold on tight--this whole
Tablet/e-reader revolution is about to get crazy. Or so we think.