Day-0 Rumors

This is it, folks! The day we have been so relentlessly ramping up for, for what seems like months! The tablet will finally be revealed, and all our questions will be answered. The hype for this device has been absolutely unparalleled, and I think we'll all be glad when it's unveiled, and we can transition from wondering what it will be, to if we can afford it. As we get all wound up for today's live blog, lets check in with some of today's rumors Crossroads for the iPhone have admitted that they're working on a tablet version of their crossword app, sight unseen. The real revolution will be the content, not the device says Wired. Books, magazines and textbooks, plus music of course, tied to streaming content via HTML5. Though … [Read more...]

Morning Tablet Rumors

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Settle yourself down with a nice cup of hot whatever-you-drink, and avoid starting work for a few more minutes, while browsing some of the tablet rumors that have popped up. The NYT discusses the hopes around the tablet. They're saying the hopes and dreams of print media hinge on this device. They would know. They're also saying 3G and all iPhone apps will run on the tablet. Scrollmotion, who make the Iceberg reading software for the iPhone, are avoiding questions about their involvement on the tablet. This leads some to think they have something to hide, and Apple has brought them in for the new hardware. A German tweet popped up this morning, attributed to German electronics store Media Markt, saying that the tablet would go for … [Read more...]

Apple’s Quarterly Report: “Major New Product Coming”

Today Apple announced its first quarter 2010 financial results, and hinted at an exciting new product announcement. Steve Jobs said two very telling things: “If you annualize our quarterly revenue, it’s surprising that Apple is now a $50+ billion company. 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.” If you ever needed official confirmation of the tablet, there it is! Not to mention that Apple is doing very, very well right now. As for hard numbers, they're equally telling. Macs are up 33% from a year ago, to 3.36 million sold this quarter 8.7 million iPhones sold, up 100% from a year ago 21 million iPods, a decline of 8% $15.68 … [Read more...]

Rumor Roundup: Tablet Will Make Bank, Various Publishers In Talks

I don't know about our readers, but I'm going to be very happy when Wednesday rolls around, and we can have a definitive device to buy/mock/resoundingly ignore. The rumor mill has been going at full speed for so long, that it's reaching the point of being overwhelming. Regardless, here's some of what we've seen today: The NY Times has been in close talks with Apple to release an official tablet app. Apparently they've even had a team working in Cupertino to get this app out the door in time. Shaw Wu of Kaufman Bros thinks Apple could shift 5 million units between March and September. Apple is talking to publishers to arrange some sort of distribution model, and it will be in direct opposition to Amazon. Though some think that … [Read more...]

Tablet Spotted In The Wild?

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Analytics group Flurry think they've managed to spot 50 test Tablets in their use logs. They spotted the devices being used on Apple's Cupertino headquarters, running iPhone OS 3.2. They clocked 200 different applications, which are broken down in the chart above, with an obvious emphasis on entertainment rather than productivity. So this probably isn't going to be a device for road warriors, but rather media oriented. Plenty of games, multimedia and books. However, Flurry either didn't know, or weren't saying, any hardware details from their logs. When asked how Flurry knows that this device isn't just an iPhone running OS 3.2, VP of Marketing said 1) If this were an iPhone we were looking at, the hardware would tell us when we ask it … [Read more...]

WSJ: Apple Tablet To Reshape Textbooks, Newspapers and TV Business, Focus on Sharing

The Wall St. Journal has a story regarding the upcoming Apple Tablet that is scheduled to debut next Tuesday. According to their sources, Steve Jobs is betting the new Apple Tablet will "reshape businesses like textbooks, newspapers and television", much like the iPod reshaped the music industry. Apple's focus was on how the tablet could be used in home and in classrooms. Apple envisions the Tablet being "shared by multiple family  members". Apple is reportedly looking at how content from textbooks and magazines can be presented differently on the tablet. We're speculating, but perhaps magazines could offer multimedia within content. Those briefed on the tablet say the device will come with a virtual keyboard, but that's not … [Read more...]

Tablet Rumors For The Day (part 1)

We're now officially one week from Apple announcement (and we can finally stop obsessing over the tablet), and the rumors are still flying thick and fast. Rather than clog up the news feeds reporting each and every rumor, lets try and hit them all at once. Apple has been in 11th hour meetings with various publishers, over getting their content onto the tablet. Apparently the publishers are trying to retain greater control over the pricing and availability of their products.[via 9 to 5 Mac] Ashok Kumar of Northeast Securities is predicting plenty about the tablet, including a $600-$800 price range, a docking station with bluetooth keyboard connectivity, and wireless connection via a mobile provider. Time Inc. reportedly doesn't have any … [Read more...]

Apple Also Trademarked iGuide, Another Tablet Name?

MacRumors is on fire, with digging up all these old Apple trademarks. They just found another one, from the same period as iSlate. This trademark was again set up via a dummy corporation, and signed off by Regina Porter. This time they grabbed "iGuide", with a description that seems to suggest tablet like functionality. The trademark classification says Downloadable electronic publications in the nature of books, magazines, newsletters, journals, and blogs in the fields of entertainment, sports, science, history, culture, celebrities, news, current events, politics, technology, and education; All of which sound very tablety, no? TechCrunch dug a bit deeper, as they did with iSlate, and they think the latter is a more likely name, for the … [Read more...]

More Publishers Plan For Tablet

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For a device that doesn't, and may never, exist, the Apple Tablet is suddenly bearing the expectations of the whole print industry. The New Yorker is reporting that Time Inc., Condé Nast, and Hearst are planning on joining forces for a digital distribution format. Between these companies there are more than 50 magazines, including such powerhouses as O, The New Yorker, Time, Sports Illustrated and Esquire. Pulling together this band of rivals is John Squires, Executive VP of Time Inc., who is planning on leaving the publisher in order to focus on this new company. The proposed system sounds like an iTunes store, with each magazine available for purchase in a digital edition. If these publishing heavyweights manage to come together on … [Read more...]

More Tablet Rumors Surface

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Fire up the old rumor machine, the often discussed Apple Table gained a bit more coverage today. Firstly, Bell Keller, Executive Editor of the NY Times, dropped a mention of the Apple Tablet into a speech of his. Whether he was referring to advance knowledge, or just the what might be coming, is not known. The speech was from an internal meeting, and was meant to be "off the record", but was recorded and hosted by Niemen Journalism Lab at Harvard. Keller said: We need to figure out the right journalistic product to deliver to mobile platforms and devices. I'm hoping we can get the newsroom more actively involved in the challenge of delivering our best journalism in the form of Times Reader, iPhone apps, WAP, or the impending Apple … [Read more...]