UPDATED 1/27/2010 7:45 AM ET: Apple is expected to announce its Apple 'iTablet' today.
Get all the latest news on the iTablet rumors here.
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No company feeds off mystery more than Apple. Notorious for being tight-lipped about its announcements and developments, the Cupertino-based company has neither confirmed nor denied the possibility of an Apple-made "tablet" computer device.
Of course, that hasn't stopped the gossip, rumors, and wild speculation regarding the launch, cost and features of the much-hyped fabled device.
We've put together the ultimate guide to the rumored Apple Tablet (or iTablet, or iSlate or TabletMac, or MacTablet -- no one can decide), along with awesome concepts of what it might look like. So far, the details are pure speculation. But there may turn out to be some facts among the fiction.
According to anonymous sources and tech-industry analysts, the Apple Tablet is likely to be a device with high-definition video that's "better than the average movie experience," offering a touchscreen, a full-color e-book reader, iPhone app-capabilities, Internet browsing, and video conferencing. It's been described, speculatively, as "a cross between a laptop and an iPhone or iPod Touch."
No one can agree on what the "Apple Tablet," if it's real, will be called. The "Apple Slate", the "iTablet," the "MacTablet," and the "TabletMac" have all been considered.
Apple Tablet has been called the "everything killer," with media and publishing companies pinning their hopes on the fabled device. Here's some of the hype, from analysts, editors, and insiders who've said the Tablet will "change the game," "blow everyone away," "be the next big thing," and, perhaps, sell 1.4 million in 2010.
Although Diggination called the Tablet "shockingly inexpensive," most estimates have pegged the Tablet's pricetag at around $1,000. A Barron's analyst predicted a $699-$799 Tablet, whereas an Oppenheimer analyst guessed it would be $1,000, and Digitimes estimated it would cost around $1,200-$1,500.
Oppenheimer analyst Yair Reiner predicts a late March or April launch in 2010. Sources tell Business Insider to look for a demo as early as January 2010. Taiwan Economic News quoted "industry insiders" in predicting at launch as soon as February 2010. (Keep in mind AllThingsD also guessed a September 2009 unveiling, which didn't materialize).
It's been speculated the tablet will have a 10.1-inch multi-touch screen, (with whispers of a 7" model, as well),and might have either an LCD or an OLED screen.
Apps and the news, to start. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Apple had been shopping their "groundbreaking tablet computer" in Australia and had been "in discussions with media companies about including their content on the device." New York Times exec Bill Keller hinted at delivering news on the Tablet, saying he looked forward to "delivering our best journalism" in devices such as "the impending Apple slate." A source says that app developers have been told to prepare their apps for a Tablet demo. AllThingsD reports book publishers have been approached to put their material on the Tablet.