Tuesday, January 12, 2010
All you need to know: Apple 'iSlate' tablet

Apparently, Apple will be releasing a tablet computer (you know, just a screen) on January 27th, called the iSlate.

(That's almost certainly fake pic.) Nevertheless, the media hype is in overdrive, signalling a growing impatience for the next piece of truly game-changing tech (ie. not Google's Nexus One phone) and some clever Apple marketing (ie. leaking stuff to take the focus off competing launches at CES).

I thought I'd summarise what everyone's banging on about. Note, this could all be wrong. But that's hype for you.
  • 7.1-inch or 10.1-inch screen, or both (two devices)
  • 120GB hard drive
  • Built-in camera
  • Built-in 3G
  • OLED touchscreen
  • 2.26Ghz Intel Core Duo
  • 2GB RAM
  • Mac OSX 10.7 (Clouded Leopard)
  • Aluminium casing
  • Cost $1000
Here are some of the key leaks and rumours so far:

Orange France exec 'confirming' the launch.
Developers told to tweak apps for new format.
Wall Street Journal specs and launch 'leak'.
'Internal' Apple spec sheet.
The 'iSlate.com' registration form.
Fingerworks site is 'taken down'.

If the above is correct, or even close, the gadget space is about to get... Interesting.

So would you buy one?