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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 Tabletthat has been whispered about for months on end now. For those stilldoubting that such a product exists, you should probably have a look ata fresh piece from the Wall Street Journal.

According to the article, famed publishing house HarperCollins is intalks with Apple to make e-books available for the introduction "of anew tablet device from Apple." Granted, these are still just rumorsfrom people inside, but when the WSJ reports it, there's a good chancethat truth is behind it. If all of this pans out, Apple's so-calledTablet could actually pose a serious threat to Amazon's Kindle--not tomention all of those other e-readers that were just introduced at CES.

Most every reader out (and coming out soon) is based on e-inktechnology; it's great for battery life, it's relatively cheap and itserves the purpose. But when shown beside a real, live color screen,there's really no comparison. Apple has never been one to battle formarket share at the low-end, so it's pretty safe to assume that theApple Tablet will be pricier than most. That said, it will also belikely to handle more applications than most, and it should be morelike 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-approvedmethod? We'd guess that Apple would want to continue its iTunesecosystem into the world of e-books, but who knows what compromiseswill have to be made to make this all work. Either way, Apple haspromised a new "creation" for consumers on the 27th, and at this point,we can only imagine the global disappointment if Apple were to notunveil a tablet during the keynote. Hold on tight--this wholeTablet/e-reader revolution is about to get crazy. Or so we think.
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rapid1 replied on Tue, Jan 19 2010 3:35 AM

I totally agree on your presumption's. Let's see apple also has extended experience trying to get a device somewhat like this to float years ago. Of course it (the Newton) was more of a competitor with the palm if I remember. Of course it has been quite some time so I very well may be wrong. Either way it was a singular tablet like device. So I think this machine will be a true multi app type machine, with a focus as an e-reader among it's functions, but not only as an e-reader.

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Lol, I remember the Newton, it was released way back in the mid-90s.

Lets hope Apple has something better up its sleeve this time round.

I'm thinking the tablet will look a 7" Ipod Touch, with all the abilities of an Ipod Touch, but with an e-reader and basic word processing. Also a much faster processor and better graphics chip. It will most likely also possess a color screen (maybe OLED?). The battery life concerns would make a full color LCD screen harder to use.

Apple also has a terrific platform in the form of ITunes to distribute e-books, as the article above mentions.

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3vi1 replied on Tue, Jan 19 2010 8:00 AM

I guess this is where we find out if Apple still knows how to keep secrets, or if it's just going to look like one of the dozen "leaked" photos.

 

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Haha, that one doesn't look half bad. It's exactly what I would expect an Apple tablet to look like: sleek, thin, minimal buttons and pretentious. Smile

Now back to more important questions, such as why is a school zone 20 mph? That seems like the optimal cruising speed for pedophiles…

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rapid1 replied on Tue, Jan 19 2010 2:37 PM

Yeah 3vi1 thats the one I have seen many times. I have no clue if it is even real it came from an apple convention spoof video. However I have no idea where they got it from. Either way a device like this would be pretty cool. One thing I will say is snow leopard or a new apple OS would be more efficient than windows I think. Maybe windows CE but it is really a chopped version of windows I don't much like on a device like this especially. I wonder when Google is gonna drop one of these tablets you know it can't be far out.

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rapid1 replied on Tue, Jan 19 2010 2:39 PM

Either way I am just saying an apple os on a device of this type or maybe a palm one would seem much more efficient than the bloated support everything windows would.

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Haha, well it will be a cold day in Hell when Apple decides to put a Windows operating system into one of their products. With Apple, the ease of the interface is half the reason why their products are so successful (Ipod, Iphones), and I expect to see that trend continue with their tablet.

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realneil replied on Tue, Jan 19 2010 6:57 PM

I agree, why pay for windows when you have something that works already?

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Soupstyle replied on Tue, Jan 19 2010 7:31 PM

It doesn't make any sense why they would put windows on it, since all of their OS's are unix based. I assume it would be a cross between ipod touch UI and OSX

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Soupstyle:

It doesn't make any sense why they would put windows on it, since all of their OS's are unix based. I assume it would be a cross between ipod touch UI and OSX

I don't think it mentions Windows in the original articles so I don't know why we're talking about it, lol!

 

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I agree, why pay for windows when you have something that works already?

You know realneil, I ask myself that question everyday...

And then I remember why...video games support. Crying 

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ClemSnide replied on Tue, Jan 19 2010 9:58 PM

This is going to be a serious entry on my ebook reader list. I'd be surprised if Apple made the same mistake the others did, that is, limited typeface size; I remember the original Macintosh, which with its (included) word processor allowed users to change the typeface... leading to people using far too many ill-chosen fonts in their documents. (Which wasn't Apple's fault.) So I expect it to excel as an ereader for low-vision users. (Of course, a touch screen is pretty much a non-starter for the completely blind.)

Since the Newton MessagePad was mentioned, I'll comment there too. It got unfairly treated by the press, almost entirely because of a series of Doonesbury strips on errors in its handwriting recognition. I wondered why I was getting such good results, and found out that the software did much better with roundhand (which some call "printed") than cursive. So yeah, all those legions of people who still write in cursive might have issues. (Insert "irony" emoticon here in case people don't catch on.)

The Palm Pilot won out because of its price (under $300) and size (fits in a shirt pocket). Oddly enough, shortly after the MessagePad was canceled (Jobs reported that they "accidentally sold the only factory making its CPU," resulting in a chorus of "yeah, right"s from the Newton community), the Palm Pilot rose sharply in price, if not in capability; it was always a tiny-screened, slow-processored device for which you had to learn a whole new way of writing. Its success was one more nail in the coffin of the idea that computers should adapt to people, not the other way around.

I still use my MP2100. The screen is dim compared to today's nice bright ones, and the backlight can't compare. (In its day, handheld LCDs used reflected light because of power concerns. The Indiglo lighting of the MP120 and later models was a technology borrowed from digital watches.) But it's a great scheduler and idea-jotter, and I wrote a few nice little apps for it including a talking clock. If the Apple tablet has the ability to use handwritten text instead of relying on an on-screen keyboard, it just may get me to bid a fond adieu to that MessagePad.


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rapid1 replied on Wed, Jan 20 2010 2:46 AM

Guess I have to wait to the 27th to see if I convert to a mac lover rofl.

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rapid1 replied on Wed, Jan 20 2010 2:08 PM

Clemsnide thats a very good overall review of how I look at this item as well. The first computer in my house was an Apple IIE which my mother used. My first computer was of course a Commodore which we kids shared.

I also had a Palm as did my brother when they were the thing as well as personal computers. I looked at a Newton but as you say they were just to expensive. however if Apple can drop a device similar to what that rep picture looks like I would say it is a good bet I may get one if they are 1000 down. Although who knows with Apple as well as its capabilities we will just have to see.

Overall it is just a wait for the 27th to see what we get and how it will change the market in general. I will say if it is a competitive device hardware wise and anything near as cool look at that representative picture it will have a market wide impact for sure.

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It's pretty much official now. Apple tablet it is!

EA games has announced they're working on games for Apple's tablet.

http://www.gamespot.com/news/6246764.html?tag=latestheadlines;title;1

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Soupstyle replied on Thu, Jan 21 2010 10:27 PM

I think that the question of having windows is just that they are going to say that it will be getting subsidies from microsoft to keep the price down (they don't want to repeat the original iPhone pricing fiasco). It's good for MS, cuz they will pay anyone to pimp Bing over google.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/01/20/islate_subsidy/

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rapid1 replied on Fri, Jan 22 2010 2:36 AM

5 days till the apple tablet comes out 8-9 until someone wins this beautiful  TWKR system.

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I've been hearing rumors about that too. I remember reading Bing paid off certain news websites to exclude Google news. I wouldn't be surprised if they're coaxing Apple to replace Google in their Iphones and upcoming (possibly) tablet.

 

BTW, people won't be too happy if the tablet can only connect to AT&T's 3G network.

 

http://www.pcworld.com/article/187451/verizon_and_atandt_may_both_get_apple_tablet.html/

 

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rapid1 replied on Sun, Jan 24 2010 2:07 AM

Rofl the pic of the so called apple tab in your link Gibb looks like an I-phone stretched. Either way I think this is going to be kind of interesting.

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The OS is really not an issue since the hardware is made by the same companies. We already have MS on Apple. It just opens the market and allows everyone to have a cool tablet. Since Apple is partnered with Wacom, I am sure their business model is to squeeze everything they can out of wacom buyers, then when that drops introduce the tablet which will open up a whole new market for portable DC creation. I just hope it is cool running, and has a long battery life, unlike all the current tablets. Maybe then I will go back to an Apple? My last one was an Apple 2E :O

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mrob44 replied on Mon, Jan 25 2010 9:26 AM

I'm a huge Apple fan-boy and not afraid to admit it. I work in IT and clearly understand the dominance and reason for that dominance that MS has in the work place, and thats all well and good. At home though, nothing but Apple (although I do use bootcamp for some stuff). I've got one Macbook, one Mac Mini, an iPhone, and two iPods. 

However, with all the endless hype and speculation and ever growing rumor mills out there about the tablet, I just really feel like this thing better absolutely blow me away. For Apple to have been so secretive and to have supposedly been working on this thing for so long, it better just do not 1 or 2 but maybe even 3 things that people just never would have even thought of. It needs to exceed expectations, or I fear that it (maybe won't flop) but be one of the biggest disappointments of the year. If it's just a super-sized iPod touch, there's going to be groans heard round the planet. With the price points I've seen floating around -- average looks to be about 700 -- it's going to take a lot of innovation for me (again, an Apple Fan-Boy) to even consider buying one, when for a few hundred bucks more I can get a full blown Macbook.

Nobody but a select few employees at Apple knows for sure what the presentation on Wednesday will hold, but I'll say this: It better be monumental -- especially after some of the tablets that were displayed at CES. Will Apple deliver? I firmly believe so. But I'd be lying if I said there wasn't a little part of me that was worried that hype has killed this device before we even see it. 

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^from what i have read its going to be just that a big Ipod touch. I read somewhere that it will be running OS3.2 at launch. which is not a full os like OSX is

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Soupstyle replied on Mon, Jan 25 2010 11:23 PM

That's disappointing, without a full OS I think it will have to be either pretty cheap or adoption will be limited to the disciples of lord steve.

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acarzt replied on Mon, Jan 25 2010 11:37 PM

I can't really imagine this thing being able to do anything above and beyond what any other slate PC has promised.

I'm pretty sure it will be compatible with most of the e-book files out there. Maybe support some of the iphone apps. It'll play music, browse the web probably, might have a built in web cam? 3G or 4g Support?

I have a feeling it's gonna be equivelent to a typical netbook(except in slate format) and cost about $800-$1000.

If the pics we saw of it on this site are it... I'm not liking the screen format. 4:3? Really? Come on. lol

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