McGraw-Hill CEO: Apple tablet will run iPhone OS

— 6:00 AM on January 27, 2010

At 10:00 AM Pacific time today, Steve Jobs will take the stage and finally introduce that tablet device everyone's been waiting for. The President and CEO of publishing giant McGraw-Hill spoiled part of the surprise yesterday, though. In an interview with CNBC, Terry McGraw revealed that the upcoming Apple device will run the iPhone operating system and offer a selection of his company's textbooks.

You can hear the exchange for yourself in the video below at the 02:47 mark:

And here's a transcript of McGraw's response, for the lazy:

Yeah, very exciting. Very exciting, yes. They'll make their announcement tomorrow on this one. We have worked with Apple for quite a while. The tablet is gonna be based on the iPhone operating system, and so it'll be transferrable. So what you're going to be able to do now—we have a consortium of e-books, and we have 95% of all our materials that are in e-book format on that one. So now, with the tablet you're gonna open up the higher education market, the professional market. The tablet is going to be just really terrific.
That statement certainly opens the door to new speculation, although at this point, we really may as well wait for the official launch. The rumors seem to be true, though; Apple's tablet will indeed go up against the Kindle in the e-book realm, and it won't run a full-blown version of Mac OS X, either. (Thanks to CrunchGear for the link.)
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