New Apple Tablet More Than Just Big iPhone?
More from the rumor mill, Apple Fanboys!
Over the past several months, a number of rumors have indicated that Apple plans to market its new tablet/slate computer as a “large iPod/iPhone touchscreen multimedia device.”
Today, the New York Times broke a story that basically belies everything we’ve heard thus far. According to The Times, Apple has been working on a multi-touch version of iWork for several years.
Another former Apple designer said a team at the company had “spent the past couple of years working on a multitouch version of iWork,” Apple’s answer to Microsoft’s Office software suite. This could indicate that Apple wants the tablet to be a fully functional computer, rather than a more passive device for reading books and watching movies. That could help justify a higher price. Apple has declined to discuss any plans for a tablet.
The laptop, which is expected to be announced at the end of this month and shipping in March, is expected to run customers anywhere between seven hundred to a cool thousand dollars.
Expect the tablet to be fueled by a complex mixture of gestures developed by Fingerworks, a company acquired by Apple in ’07.
My guess is that the tablet is going to be a conventional mix between the popular aspects of both the iPhone and Mac OS platforms: I imagine the tablet’s going to feature some sort of App Store, similar to the iPhone, as well as some of the more popular Mac configurations right out of the box like Spotlight and Expose. Don’t want to be too optimistic, but I’d love to see it come with an iChat compatible camera.
Stay tuned; there’s definitely more to come.