Orange exec confirms Apple tablet, mentions webcam

As if the Wall Street Journal’s insider info weren’t enough, an executive from one of Apple’s European partners has now confirmed the upcoming tablet device—and revealed it will have a built-in camera. As SlashGear reports, Orange Vice President Stéphane Richard spilled the beans during an interview with French radio host Jean-Pierre Elkabbach.

SlashGear provides a video and a partial Google translation of the (brief) exchange. Since French happens to be my mother tongue, I’ve attempted to translate said exchange a little more thoroughly:

Elkabbach: According to weekly magazine Le Point, in a few days your partner Apple will launch a tablet—

Richard: Yes.

Elkabbach: —outfitted with a webcam.

Richard: Yes.

Elkabbach: Will Orange users benefit from it also?

Richard: Of course. They will benefit from it all the more easily because, with the webcam, one will be able to transmit video in real time. We will modernize, in a way, the videophone we knew a few years ago. There, too, the size of the network and the quality of the network we have put in place for the French will allow these new usage models to grow everywhere.

So, not only do rumors suggest Apple is setting up e-book distribution for the tablet, but the device will apparently support video calls over 3G, as well—assuming this executive knows what he’s talking about.

Orange, a France Telecom subsidiary and major wireless carrier in several European countries, initially had an exclusive distribution contract for the iPhone in France. If Apple ties the tablet to a wireless subscription like the iPhone, then Orange certainly seems like a logical choice for a partner in the French market. (Thanks to CrunchGear for the link.)

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    • Ricardo Dawkins
    • 10 years ago

    Sorry, Apple but netbooks, netbooks, netbooks

    The fruit compnay will never stand a chance against the netbook craze. it is just ridiculous.

      • Hemotoxin
      • 10 years ago

      Apple will never stand a chance against competitive pricing as long as they still make you pay that God-forsaken thing known only as the “Apple tax”.

        • kcarlile
        • 10 years ago

        Yeah, Apple’s just plain dying. Obviously totally clueless about business.

          • Hemotoxin
          • 10 years ago

          Uh.. did I ever say they were dying? No. Nice job.

          But they will not become the prominent company as long as they can’t compete with their pricing.

            • blastdoor
            • 10 years ago

            What does “the prominent company” mean? They seem pretty prominent to me… their market capitalization is bigger than Intel.

            • Skrying
            • 10 years ago

            Haha what?

        • jdaven
        • 10 years ago

        Apple is the number 4 largest company in the US by market capitalization. Only Exxon-Mobil, Walmart and Microsoft are ahead of them. So I think they are doing just fine.

        BTW, there is no such thing as the apple tax. It was made up. They are a company that makes high gross margins like many thousands upon thousands of other companies in the world.

        However, I do find it funny that the new way to bash apple is this so called apple tax. Quite an ingenuous marketing trick by Apple’s competitors and adopted by ignorant fanbois. The use of the word tax is so negative this day in age that putting that word after anything you don’t like is extremely effective. Too bad paying taxes used to be considered patriotic and the ability to make high gross margins because your products are superior was considered great business practice.

        Oh well…

          • blastdoor
          • 10 years ago

          I think the implication of the phrase “apple tax” is that apple products are completely identical in all ways to other products except that you have to pay a higher price. Whether you like Macs or not, I find it hard to see how you can argue that using a Mac is virtually identical to using a windows-based PC. For good or for bad, it’s a different product, even though some of the parts are the same.

            • jdaven
            • 10 years ago

            And as you point out, Macs and a ‘typical’ PC with the same specs are not the same and its not just Apple doing this. Case in point is the Adamo. Build quality takes more money for higher quality designs. The Adamo is slower than the cheapest of Dell laptops (not including netbooks) but it commands a premium over 5 times more expensive. This is not Apple or Dell robbing us or taxing us or anything other than it costs more money to build these things. Also research for designing them takes a lot of time. For all the money and effort, both Dell and Apple are asking higher margins. If people buy, then the margins stay where they are. If no one buys, then the product is discontinued or dropped in price.

            • MadManOriginal
            • 10 years ago

            Apple tax.

            • jdaven
            • 10 years ago

            You know you cheated when you added the period to get 10 char. 😉

            • MadManOriginal
            • 10 years ago

            nope

    • Corrado
    • 10 years ago

    If its tied to a data plan, do not want. The OPTION for a data plan? Sure. But don’t require it, plz. I would like one of these, but just for around the house/in bed computing.

    • sweatshopking
    • 10 years ago

    i just dont get this whole thing. i 200$ tablet i can see buying. but a 500$ + ? not a hope in hell. you would be out of your mind to buy one, it simply isnt worth the money.

    • Xenolith
    • 10 years ago

    Won’t necessarily make it to other markets.

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