Apple's tablet revealed in pictures?

As speculation regarding Wednesday's Apple announcement reaches fever pitch, technology blog Engadget is asking the question "is this the Apple tablet?".

Tipsters have sent two images to Engadget that appear to show the latest Apple gadget running with a maps application. Seperately the gadget blog also received a tip indicating the device will be available in March equipped with a 10" screen, MacBook like aluminium back and will be priced at $800 with a Verizon contract or $1000 without. The tablet still has no official name and insiders simply refer to it as codename "K48".

Apple is due to hold a press conference on Wednesday to unveil a new "creative" product. On Monday the company announced their profits for its fiscal 2010 first quarter. During an investor call Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, hinted at future products: “the new products we are planning to release this year are very strong, starting this week with a major new product that we’re really excited about.”

On Tuesday Neowin editor Sam Symons wrote his own predictions on what to expect from Apple this week. A Tablet, new iPhone OS and iLife are all expected to be part of the announcements. According to our own sources Verizon will also announce the availability of the iPhone on their network and the end of AT&T's exclusive iPhone agreement with Apple.

 

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it looks exactly like the giant fake iphones that are really just TVs with covers they they have at the front of apple stores. lmao

still1 said,
what in the hell is that???? Its ugly....

Im assuming you didnt read what I had said. It's Apple people. Do you really think they would release something like that?. Its a casing around it. A spyshot of a prototype as well. It's bound to be different from the final product as well.

FYI that is a protective casing around that, its a prototype. It is in place for security measures. Facilities like that have sensors around doors that the casing triggers if they come within proximity of the doors. (FYI same technology in baby bracelets in maternity wards) My company who will remain nameless has those built around the "viewing devices" that are prototypes. Those "rivets" are screws those are 3 hole ones" my company uses 2 hole ones.

everyones now ranting that it looks like crap and such.. but all the prototype pics looked like a giant iphone and everyone thought its brilliant..
in the "what to expect..." article the picture is exactly like a giant iphone.. and nobody said its hideous..
and so what?! if it runs iphone OS it can also look like an iphone and people would buy it just because of that..
and with a price tag of 1000$? why complaining?! an iphone without a service contract costs 700€ here in germany... so why not for a fullsized tablet 1000$`?

x-tarek said,
everyones now ranting that it looks like crap and such.. but all the prototype pics looked like a giant iphone and everyone thought its brilliant..
in the "what to expect..." article the picture is exactly like a giant iphone.. and nobody said its hideous..
and so what?! if it runs iphone OS it can also look like an iphone and people would buy it just because of that..
and with a price tag of 1000$? why complaining?! an iphone without a service contract costs 700€ here in germany... so why not for a fullsized tablet 1000<li id="comment-add" class="comment child"><textarea rows="5" cols="50" class="comment-textarea" tabindex="8">?

It's a funny joke on Apple. Everyone loved the iPhone and said they would love to have a bigger one like a tablet and now they're getting it and everyone's thinking, woah that's too big, it's ugly. I love it. First they ask for it and now they dont' want it. And the iPhone here in Canada is around the $600 mark for the cheapest one.

dogmai said,

It's a funny joke on Apple. Everyone loved the iPhone and said they would love to have a bigger one like a tablet and now they're getting it and everyone's thinking, woah that's too big, it's ugly. I love it. First they ask for it and now they dont' want it. And the iPhone here in Canada is around the $600 mark for the cheapest one.

if i had the cash for it i sure wouldnt mind carrying around an iphone and its big brother the islate.. the whole family united lol..
it sure looks great even with the similarity to the iphone...clean sleek design..
and perfect as a car pc :D

You can get a 10.1" Netbook for $300 - Even if they have to squeeze stuff a little bit more to fit inside a "slim" tablet, how can they ask $600+ for it? It's not only Apple, same goes for everybody else making tablet stuff....

TruckWEB said,
You can get a 10.1" Netbook for $300 - Even if they have to squeeze stuff a little bit more to fit inside a "slim" tablet, how can they ask $600+ for it? It's not only Apple, same goes for everybody else making tablet stuff....
does ur netbook have a touchscreen? Netbooks and tablets are not the same

Rudy said,
does ur netbook have a touchscreen? Netbooks and tablets are not the same

Wow, touchscreen do add a lot to the price then.... SSD with that?

I suspect it will be the software that makes this great (if it is) because as loads of people have said it's basically a big iPhone and that's not a bad thing. I can't wait to see what actually happens at 18:00 UTC, going to impressive i think ;)

As an iPhone developer I will be buying one and also developing applications for it. The iPhone is such a useful device, who wouldn't want to be able to use an enlarged one "like a laptop".

Quapps said,
As an iPhone developer I will be buying one and also developing applications for it. The iPhone is such a useful device, who wouldn't want to be able to use an enlarged one "like a laptop".
+1 same for me :)

Quapps said,
As an iPhone developer I will be buying one and also developing applications for it. The iPhone is such a useful device, who wouldn't want to be able to use an enlarged one "like a laptop".

I really like my iPhone but I don't think I would want an oversized one just the same as the phone. Based on the phone, yeah. Exactly the same thing only bigger, no. I hope the OS is different enough that it'll be somewhere between a phone and a normal computer. Although I don't like Macs. If it's too much like a Mac, goodbye. Never even a thought of buying one.

dogmai said,

I really like my iPhone but I don't think I would want an oversized one just the same as the phone. Based on the phone, yeah. Exactly the same thing only bigger, no. I hope the OS is different enough that it'll be somewhere between a phone and a normal computer. Although I don't like Macs. If it's too much like a Mac, goodbye. Never even a thought of buying one.

I'm not sure that it will be something you require then as my thoughts are that it will be a large iPhone with something special added as a reason to purchase but ultimately i think it will be a large iPhone aimed towards the media user more so than the everyday laptop user.

Can I ask why you don't like Mac's? I love mine but i guess thats personal preference.

i am sorry but i have a feeling that this is gonna be a fail like the macbook air (lamest idea for a laptop)

since it is rumored to be called an ipad will it track my wifes menstrual cycles while giving her the absorbency of a normal feminine pad

CrossCheck said,

since it is rumored to be called an ipad will it track my wifes menstrual cycles while giving her the absorbency of a normal feminine pad

lol most expensive pad she'll ever have to use....what a stupid name.

Baked said,

lol most expensive pad she'll ever have to use....what a stupid name.

The iSlate would make for a lot better name that iPad. Please don't be called iPad. Even if we don't get one, we'll have to hear people talking about them all the time.

tooshpz said,
Really? Can't comment on the software, but the hardware looks awful. My eyes! My eyes!!!!

It's Apple, I'm sure that's not the final release.

Julius Caro said,
I dont think those ribbets or whatever they're called are part of the thing. I mean it's pretty obvious.

I also think this is some kind of cloak, it's not a part of the device.
We'll wait and see - in a few hours now - http://bit.ly/bfr72G :)

Baked said,
looks crap.....id rather the HP Slate PC is way more sexy looking

I completely agree. All this is is a gigantic version of an iphone. I would rather blow my money on the HP Slate PC.

It could be a store demonstration unit of an iPhone. Even the ones on plasma screens are fully interactive. Mock-up, early design in secure case, or an advertising unit. Nothing to see here.

Septimus said,
It could be a store demonstration unit of an iPhone. Even the ones on plasma screens are fully interactive. Mock-up, early design in secure case, or an advertising unit. Nothing to see here.

It's a bloody big iPhone.

georgevella said,
so nobody thought that maybe the riveted thingy is just a shell around the actual tablet?

I think Gdodson hit the nail on the head that it appears most likely to be anti-theft casing likely for the unveiling or transport etc. That would never fly as an apple design. The thing if anything to take from the article is the OS on it.

If this is real, it is obviously a prototype. Those rivets definitely wont be there, and I am 99% sure it wont have a home button (and if it does, it wont be where it is in the pic)

DomZ said,
If this is real, it is obviously a prototype. Those rivets definitely wont be there, and I am 99% sure it wont have a home button (and if it does, it wont be where it is in the pic)

It's a security enclosure. Look at the top and bottom of it. It has two spots, top and bottom, to reach down under the device to pick it up. It has protective glass on top with rivets to secure it. Probably foam padding underneath it. Remove the rivets and then you grab from the top and/or bottom to get it out.

macf13nd said,
surely those rivets are a sort of testing case so it can't leave the building.

+1, it is a display case so no thievery ensues. You can see the Home key in the middle bottle of the photo. So its like a giant iPhone.

macf13nd said,
surely those rivets are a sort of testing case so it can't leave the building.

I'm surprised how many people didn't realise its a case of some kind. :p

Never the less, not a fan, the HP Slate for me!

Pc_Madness said,

I'm surprised how many people didn't realise its a case of some kind. :p

Never the less, not a fan, the HP Slate for me!

Looks alone right now, I'm feeling the same way. HP all the way. We'll still have to wait and see what kind of OS this thing is running and the rest of the specs.

Jebadiah said,
I would get one if there's a 7-inch one @ $700.

why would you ever spend $700 on a 7 inch tablet? I suggest you start looking into archos tablets, they run android or windows 7 and you might get a sense of realistic prices.

Edited by XerXis, Jan 27 2010, 9:06am :

well its probably worth around 600, but it has an apple logo on it and the fanboys will spend 400 more for that. Im not impressed by this at all though, Windows 7 tablets though..mmmmm
Even a tablet you can load linux on freely would be nice

Neoauld said,
well its probably worth around 600, but it has an apple logo on it and the fanboys will spend 400 more for that. Im not impressed by this at all though, Windows 7 tablets though..mmmmm
Even a tablet you can load linux on freely would be nice

My guess is that it'll retail for $899. To the marketing companies, that's no where near $1000. Apparently $100 is a lot to them. The little iPhone sells for approx. $600 here in Canada so the slate will definitely have to cost more, especially if it does do calls. We don't know about the calling part though.

bolix said,
$1000 for a huge iphone? hope this is wrong

They have earlier denied those claims, saying it would be nowhere near that cost.
9to5Mac declared that they’ve managed to talk with some contacts in the publishing industry, and they are claiming the price of Apple Table will not be “anywhere near” the $1000 mark which was declared by some as being a possible price point.

Northgrove said,

They have earlier denied those claims, saying it would be nowhere near that cost.

I hope that doesn't mean it would be OUTRAGEOUSLY expensive

MisticRain said,
You actualy think it won't be able to make phone calls? funny guy ;)
If it does make phone calls you'll look like an idiot doing so. For the sake of humanity, let's hope it doesn't do phone calls.

Menthix said,
If it does make phone calls you'll look like an idiot doing so. For the sake of humanity, let's hope it doesn't do phone calls.

If it does do calls, it will probably use that tiny little speaker on the bottom or you'll need a headset. That's if it's built identical to the iPhone.

Menthix said,
If it does make phone calls you'll look like an idiot doing so. For the sake of humanity, let's hope it doesn't do phone calls.
Imagine holding that thing up to your ear :P

In any case, if it is able to do phone calls (via a headset or something), that's pretty much no different to any other computer that can do it via Skype or some other VOIP program.

Kirkburn said,
Imagine holding that thing up to your ear :P

In any case, if it is able to do phone calls (via a headset or something), that's pretty much no different to any other computer that can do it via Skype or some other VOIP program.

it's will be like going back in time when we had cell phone a size of a briefcase :P

....I'm pretty sure those rivets aren't actually part of the iPad by the way...

Looks pretty damn awesome. As long as it can do normal PC stuff AND iPod Touch stuff. Not just the Apps.

The Jambo said,
....I'm pretty sure those rivets aren't actually part of the iPad by the way...

Looks pretty damn awesome. As long as it can do normal PC stuff AND iPod Touch stuff. Not just the Apps.

How much does Apple pay you btw? Because according to you a picture of a rumored upcoming device that is mostly blacked out, is surrounded by rivets, and is just showing google maps...is awesome.

You must cream your pants everytime you see something like a netbook then.

Edited by -Razorfold, Jan 27 2010, 8:04am :

0V3RS1GHT said,
Well it's definitely a slate. Heck, it looks so rugged you could use it as a weapon.

rugged? a toughbook 'slate' is rugged ;P this, is not...
if thats the real deal? wow...

not sure about whatever its encased in? could be some type of 'case' for it, even minus that horrid thing, its an oversized iPhone? wtf lol

Edited by dingl_, Jan 27 2010, 7:35am :

what doesn't look good? it looks just like an iphone just bigger and with "rivets" around the border. other than the border it looks just like people expected it too look IMO.

Edited by macrosslover, Jan 27 2010, 7:29am :

macrosslover said,
what doesn't look good? it looks just like an iphone just bigger and with "rivets" around the border. other than the border it looks just like people expected it too look IMO.

People were expecting a full slate computer, not an enlarged ipod/iphone with the same OS on it. What a cop out on Apple.

Edited by shockz, Jan 27 2010, 7:15am :

Blasius said,
People were expecting a full slate computer, not an enlarged
ipod/iphone with the same OS on it. What a cop out on Apple.

I don't think so, all the recent press seem to indicate its nothing more than a BIG ipod that also displays books.

Interesting that it has "No Service" - that one must be connected to the Optus network!

dvb2000 said,

I don't think so, all the recent press seem to indicate its nothing more than a BIG ipod that also displays books.

Interesting that it has "No Service" - that one must be connected to the Optus network!

Optus network???? You must be confused, it must be another dropped connection from ATT Wireless!

Blasius said,

People were expecting a full slate computer, not an enlarged ipod/iphone with the same OS on it. What a cop out on Apple.

This is the reason tablets have failed in the past, because people have tried putting a DESKTOP os on a MOBILE, small computer.

macrosslover said,
what doesn't look good? it looks just like an iphone just bigger and with "rivets" around the border. other than the border it looks just like people expected it too look IMO.

Actually it appears that the device is in a protective or anti-theft casing. In the second picture you can see the cutout around the home button. Those are security screws around the outside and knowing Apple, that would never fly as a final product if it looked like that.

Andrew Lyle said,
It doesn't look good.

It looks to either be in a special kind of casing, or some prototype device. :S

There seem to be something "wrapping" the device itself. (note the colors of the different black finishes)

It would actually be pretty damn awesome if you could buy this casing in case it's not part of the device. Many, many corporate customers are looking for rugged devices. This would catch yet a segment of the market, and our very company would get interested in those.

Edited by Northgrove, Jan 27 2010, 9:21am :

Andrew Lyle said,
It doesn't look good.

It's probably the same thing as what the car manufacturers do, cover their products with extra plastic so that they are disguised without knowing the final design.

DomZ said,

This is the reason tablets have failed in the past, because people have tried putting a DESKTOP os on a MOBILE, small computer.

Tablets failed? There are more TabletPCs than all the Macs combined. Do you also consider Macs to be a failed product? Geesh...

Win7 is perfect for netbooks, tabletpcs, and slate devices, as the computing power is easy to do today and Win7 has better touch and pen support than any OS. There is NO REASON NOT to have a full desktop OS on a device of this size.

DomZ said,

This is the reason tablets have failed in the past, because people have tried putting a DESKTOP os on a MOBILE, small computer.

Yeah....whatever!!!!!! Tablets are widely used in the medical field, alot of doctors use them to track/update patient info during visits. My doctors office is almost a paperless doctors office. They are also used for inventory/ordering. every 7-11 in the us uses a tablet to order new product to fill their shelves.

CrossCheck said,

Yeah....whatever!!!!!! Tablets are widely used in the medical field, alot of doctors use them to track/update patient info during visits. My doctors office is almost a paperless doctors office. They are also used for inventory/ordering. every 7-11 in the us uses a tablet to order new product to fill their shelves.

I work in a retail store and nearly every vendor we deal with utilizes some form of tablet PC. Whether it is a small Telzon device or a large PC it is almost always tablet style.

Joey992 said,

I work in a retail store and nearly every vendor we deal with utilizes some form of tablet PC. Whether it is a small Telzon device or a large PC it is almost always tablet style.

I think what DomZ means is that tablets have been a failure in the general market, which they have. They have, as you pointed out, seen some success in vertical markets such as retail and medical fields, but you almost never see one outside of those fields. And most of the vendors I've seen in retail markets are using PocketPCs, not tablets.