Well, a lot of the rumors that come pouring in about the Apple tablet could be classified as “special features” because it seems only the random, minuscule details get leaked through the wire. The WSJ reported that there will be two finishes on the tablet—perhaps a flat matter style and a shiny, glossy style. Basically just like the iPhone 3GS.
Another intriguing feature that was leaked this week came from France—Orange exec Stéphane Richard said “Oui” when asked if the tablet had a webcam. Richard confirmed that the iSlate will be equipped with a webcam (even though he semi-denied it today) and that the new tablet PC will be revealed at Apple’s January 27th press conference. The tablet is also supposed to have unlimited Wi-Fi access.
Many industry experts and Apple insiders’ prophesize that this tablet will be the device to end all other devices. The Apple tablet will be so multifunctional that it will put high-end laptops and eReaders to rest.
The price of this mythical tablet hasn’t fluctuated as much as we would have guessed—many sources, including the WSJ, have predicted $1000 for the initial price tag. Other insiders are guess a little bit cheaper: Gizmodo claims it will be between $700 and $900, while DigiTimes argues it will be over $1500 due to the OLED upgrade.
As for availability—we know it will be announced on January 27th at Apple’s press conference in San Francisco, but as for an actual arrival date we still aren’t certain. The WSJ says the tablet will ship in March of this year. And according to Digitimes, Foxconn is supposed to have a half a million of the devices shipped by April. Since the January press date is coming up soon, we won’t worry too much over the availability—we have faith Steve Jobs will cute us a break and reveal a release date.
We’ve scattered a number of possible iSlate/Apple tablet mockups throughout this article. The styles are very similar.
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