NYT says that the Apple tablet will have a 10" display, Wi-Fi, and 3G

Tomorrow Apple will unveil its tablet device that has been speculated on for some time.  What makes this rumor of specifications different is that it comes from the New York Times, a trusty and reliable source. 

“It will run all the applications of the iPhone and iPod Touch, have a persistent wireless connection over 3G cell phone networks and Wi-Fi, and will be built with a 10-inch color display, allowing newspapers, magazines and book publishers to deliver their products with an eye to the design that had grabbed readers in print."

Whether or not Apple releases anything else tomorrow other than its new tablet is still uncertain.  A new iPhone and OS 4.0 are other strong contenders for being announced but you can read Neowin’s What to expect from Wednesday's Apple event for complete coverage.    

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Urgh... Who uses tablets anyway? I haven't seen one for years!

I'm waiting on an iPhone update, probably will end up getting one to upgrade my trusty 2y/o iPod Touch stallion beast.

Yeah, NYT is highly reliable... cough Judith Miller cough...

Not sure how an oversized iPod Touch can really compare to an eBook Reader though. Can't imagine staring at it for 30+mins at a time.

OH WOW WHAT A BIG DEAL !!! Apple is going to release some tablet that is basically going to be a BIGGER IPHONE. At that price might as well get a MacBook Pro which will kill the tablet. What's all the hype anyways, might as well get an iPhone, its a lot more useful

This is so going to suck. I really don't think the majority of general PC population want an 10" iPod Touch. Sure you can use it as a book reader and wifi device. Big deal. I think what they need is a $599 iMac like response. The iSlate tablet with a real processor (Atom would work) and a full copy of OSX. I think if they believe they will sell a crippled version of the iPhone OS for between $799 and $1000 they really are smoking something that I want a part of. To complete with the Kindle would be at $499 or less (and this would cannibalize iPod/iPhone sales).

It would be cool (and worth it IMO) if there were a way to toggle from a full color LCD and an easy-on-the-eye's-low-power e-ink display. I'd buy a tablet from whoever if it had that feature.

excalpius said,
Yes. Or more of a giant iPod Touch.

No, giant iPhone is the closest analogy if:

...have a persistent wireless connection over 3G cell phone networks...

Is true.

Shadrack said,

No, giant iPhone is the closest analogy if:

Is true.


soo.. ill be able to make phone calls with this?.. is the rumored $1000 price tag still around.. or has that significantly dropped?

I'll be buying it when an OLED version comes out. This one is just a stopgap design until the real iPad comes to market--the one the world REALLY wants.

Even for an Apple fan this is getting ridiculous; all these speculations. Just imagine if they end up not introducing a "Tablet" tomorrow...

If they do, well it better be able to iron my pants and make me toast, because from all of these speculations it sounds to be a bigger invention than sliced bread was.

KeR said,
Even for an Apple fan this is getting ridiculous; all these speculations. Just imagine if they end up not introducing a "Tablet" tomorrow...

If they do, well it better be able to iron my pants and make me toast, because from all of these speculations it sounds to be a bigger invention than sliced bread was.

Rumour has it that it'll be able to do that and more. It'll even be able to do your dishes, bring your kids to school and much much more.

I'd like to get one but, without e-ink or some other way of reading it in bright light, I think I'll stick to an e-reader and an Android-based tablet for browsing and applications.

SiLeNtDeAtH said,
"What makes this rumor of specifications different is that it comes from the New York Times, a trusty and reliable source."

LOL

Yeah, I laughed also

So it kinda sounds like a beefed up version of the kindle or nook ... just with Apple's spin on it.

vip said,
So it kinda sounds like a beefed up version of the kindle or nook ... just with Apple's spin on it.

Not really unless you also consider a Porsche Carrera just a beefed version of a KIA......
:-)

Fritzly said,

Not really unless you also consider a Porsche Carrera just a beefed version of a KIA......
:-)

Well, I mean what's different? Kindle can do all of the above, Wi-Fi, Magazines, Books, now has an app SDK so apps are coming to the Kindle. Sure, this table looks 100x nicer, and it has Apples OS. Pretty damn similar to me. Same features, different brandings.

vip said,
Well, I mean what's different? Kindle can do all of the above, Wi-Fi, Magazines, Books, now has an app SDK so apps are coming to the Kindle. Sure, this table looks 100x nicer, and it has Apples OS. Pretty damn similar to me. Same features, different brandings.

The iPhone App Store had around 100 000 available applications at last count. Yes, in some regards they're similar, especially technically, but the already existing apps for it makes it something quite different. This isn't an eReader with an SDK, it's an application platform that happens to be able to read books more conveniently than an iPhone.

Edited by Northgrove, Jan 26 2010, 4:09pm :

Northgrove said,

This isn't an eReader with an SDK, it's an application platform that happens to be able to read books more conveniently than an iPhone.

The real question is not that, but how does it compete once Microsoft actually copies it and opens up the entire Windows library on them? The only way I see this happening is if this product is not contract based (no two year ATT) and is under $500.

How much do you want to bet it fails on both tests?

Edited by azure.sapphire, Jan 26 2010, 10:53pm :

bluarash said,

The real question is not that, but how does it compete once Microsoft actually copies it and opens up the entire Windows library on them? The only way I see this happening is if this product is not contract based (no two year ATT) and is under $500.

How much do you want to bet it fails on both tests?

Does this "competition" come before or after Microsoft is finally able to copy the iPhone in WinMo?

Either way, I guess Apple still has about a half a year's head start.

Fritzly said,

Not really unless you also consider a Porsche Carrera just a beefed version of a KIA......
:-)


Yeah but the Kia CAME with reverse built in, while porsche made you wait 2 or 3 generations to get it.

OOO can't wait. Thinking of buying one, as an advanced ebook/sofa internet browser/bed video player thingy......once I get enough money.

acnpt said,
OOO can't wait. Thinking of buying one, as an advanced ebook/sofa internet browser/bed video player thingy......once I get enough money.

These slate devices have so much potential for those types of uses and especially for business.

acnpt said,
OOO can't wait. Thinking of buying one, as an advanced ebook/sofa internet browser/bed video player thingy......once I get enough money.

If it looks like the mockups, I definately will, use it as a semi portable portfolio, instead of the poster sized art portfolio i carry now.

Actually, almost every wifi/3g chipset known to man comes with Bluetooth built in now, so if the iPad doesn't have it, Apple will have deliberately disabled the feature.

Edited by excalpius, Jan 26 2010, 5:44pm :

TonyLock said,
I am betting the iPad won't have BlueTooth. You'll have to wait for version 2 for that.

I find it highly unlikely that it won't have Bluetooth. Why do you think that? All Mac's right now come with Bluetooth. All of Apple's wireless keyboards and mice are bluetooth.

Shadrack said,
Why do you think that?bluetooth.

It's simple business logic, just because you can provide it today, why not wait when you can [b]sell[/b] it next year.

TonyLock said,
I am betting the iPad won't have BlueTooth. You'll have to wait for version 2 for that.

don't forget copy and paste...that'll come in version 3.

bdsams said,

Pretty sure its 1PM EST

First day off this week and my birthday tomorrow. I'll be waiting for this thing to start. Can't wait to find out the specs. I hope it can compete with the slates coming out from HP. I want a full pc like device. I love the iPhone so a similar OS on a device like that would be nice. I can't stand Safari though and the lack of flash support. I hope they have full flash support with the new OS going on this thing.