Apple Tablet May Launch in September

Rumors of an Apple tablet – essentially a large iPhone or iPod touch – have been swirling for over a year. Today the Financial Times is adding credibility to the rumors, reporting that Apple is rushing to debut the device in time for the Christmas shopping season.

The article swings back and forth between the new device and a series of record label deals Apple could launch simultaneously, but here are the points specifically related to the tablet:

Screen size: “may be up to 10 inches diagonally”, touch sensitive (of course)

Phone capability? Unlikely – it’s more like a large iPod Touch than an iPhone.

Wireless connectivity: Same as the iPod Touch, with the ability to download media through iTunes.

Kindle Rival? May provide the ability to read books, creating a rival to Amazon’s Kindle.

Launch date: By Christmas, possibly as early as September.

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Edwin Says:
I just hope that is runs Mac OS X and not the iphone OS.
Smallman Says:
I've never been a fan of the Kindle. It's hugely expensive for what it is. I'm still not sure why someone would buy a Kindle. But if Apple can get within $80-$90 of their price tag, Apple will clean up.
Eric Says:
I wouldn't call that a tablet just because it has a touch-sensitive screen. Would love it if Apple did come out with a true tablet though -- have been jonesing for one for a while!
Ryan Haylett Says:
Why the lack of an actual keyboard on all of these mock ups? This would be the perfect notebook for graphic designers if it's done properly. I'm just hoping for a macbook pro with a swivel screen just like all other tablets, not an oversized ipod touch.

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