Apple could announce tablet at January 27 event

The endless cycle of Apple tablet rumors may be drawing to a close, at last. All Things Digital blogger John Paczkowski has learned from "sources in a position to know" that Apple will orchestrate a media event later this month, where a "major new product" will be announced.

Paczkowski leaves other details to the imagination. Since we’ve been hearing for weeks that Apple will finally unleash its mysterious tablet in early 2010, though, that device seems like the most likely candidate. The latest report we saw quoted a March-April release time frame, but Apple has been known to pre-announce some products a few months ahead of retail availability. The original iPhone is a prime example.

This time, Paczkowski says Apple will orchestrate an event on Wednesday, January 27 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Apple hosted its last iPod event at the same location on a Wednesday last September, so that doesn’t sound all too implausible. (The Financial Times expects the event to happen on January 26, but Paczkowski believes that’s inaccurate.)

Last we heard, the iTablet had a 10.1" multi-touch display, and Apple was busy inking distribution deals with book publishers, presumably in a bid to go toe-to-toe with the Amazon Kindle.

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    • Hattig
    • 13 years ago

    I presume that it would be Tegra 2, which is rumoured to be a dual Cortex A9, and thus should exceed 1GHz, and possibly get up to 2GHz depending on manufacturing process and optimisations.

    However Apple did buy PA Semi for a reason, and are probably producing their own ARM Cortex A9 based chips, or even custom implementations of the ARMv7 (Cortex) ISA.

    • dpaus
    • 13 years ago

    Sister Theresa wants a word with you. Now.

    • Voldenuit
    • 13 years ago

    Why Tegra when it’s no faster (and usually slower) than the Cortex A8 core in existing iPhones? There are already solutions with A8 and HD video decoders, so the video playback capabilities of Tegra are no longer class-leading.

    Personally, I find the idea of an ARM core unlikely, as Apple would not want the perception of their product to be ‘slow’. A CULV (or even AMD Neo) would be more likely, or an Atom if they are aiming for lower price points.

    I am curious what sort of display and what sort of battery life we’re going to see from these putative, hypothetical, mythical beasts.

    EDIT: PS, for names, I nominate iEnstein (the successor to the Newton, geddit? :p)

    • wira020
    • 13 years ago

    I thought we already settled on iSlate being the name…

    • adisor19
    • 13 years ago

    Flash must die. That is all.

    Adi

    • MadManOriginal
    • 13 years ago

    It may very well be that this uses Tegra. Remember all that fawning Jen-Hsun was doing about Apple a few months back?

    Unless they want it to use OS X in lightly modified form, then I suppose an underclocked and further power optimized CULV type of platform might do.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 13 years ago

    So will Steve Jobs. Oooohh…BURN!

    • Meadows
    • 13 years ago

    No, beauty models are about universal peace.

    • Hance
    • 13 years ago

    I want to play with an apple tablet but its probably going to be WAY to expensive for my tastes.

    • PainIs4ThaWeak
    • 13 years ago

    Eww… Apple in all its hippy-tree-huggin, xenu-worshiping ignominy. Sure, the cult followers (oh, excuse me – ‘fruit-lovers’) will love it, until they’re faced with sending it for RMA because his/her PC owning-room mate smokes indoors. And ofc, “It doesn’t play Crysis” XD

    • wesley96
    • 13 years ago

    Perhaps, but people will notice that the internet is ‘broken’ where flash plug-in is required. And if it’s a tablet-sized device, people would expect to have ‘internet’ behave like the one on the notebooks, not cellphones.

    • dpaus
    • 13 years ago

    I thought Fermi was about universal peace? Man, I /[

    • Kharnellius
    • 13 years ago

    Most people have no clue what Flash is.

    • 5150
    • 13 years ago

    Fermi will.

    • StashTheVampede
    • 13 years ago

    Apple BETTER have Flash working on these suckers. Seriously, get Flash working on them and they’ll have so many people lined up.

    If they don’t, the real “competitor” to them will. Nvidia’s Tegra platform will be enough linux/touch/flash acceleration that would eat into anyone’s market share.

    Any e-book reading company should really be concerned — while their unitasker does the job very well, it will lose out to these devices. If anything, it’ll decrease the cost of the e-book readers for those that really want that specific device.

    • John59
    • 13 years ago

    Okay…. nice but nothing firm yet. It appears that Freescale have released a reference design for their own tablet PC:

    §[<http://media.freescale.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=196520&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1370004&highlight=<]§ Certainly not Apple beautiful but it looks interesting and $200 and 'all day battery' would be the sweet spot that would hook me.

    • dpaus
    • 13 years ago

    If this thing doesn’t cure cancer, I’m going to be seriously disappointed…

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