A plethora of titillating new details have crawled out from the woodwork concerning Apple's rumored tablet device (iTablet), code named 'Redacted'. The tip came from a mysterious caller contacting tech site Gizmodo.com, purporting to be an Apple insider. The anonymous source is claiming to have sat in on planning sessions regarding the new product.
Here's what was revealed about the iTablet:
- 10-inch OLED Touchscreen
- Priced from $700 to $900
- Runs extended version of iPhone OS X
- iPhone-like Home button with black resin backing
- 2 Editions - one with webcam and one for educational markets
- Can be used as secondary display screen/touchpad for iMacs and MacBooks
The supposed insider also confirmed earlier reports that Apple's tablet has been in development for four to six years. This lines up with an earlier report where we stated that Apple patented their tablet concept back in May of 2005.
A prototype for the device was said to be built near the end of 2008 with Apple's average time to market being six months after the initial prototype, which does line up with previous rumors of a September launch aimed at releasing the device in time for the 2009 holiday season.
That brings us to the filming this week of a yet unreleased Apple product at Jax Diner, out in Truckee, California. Giving even greater rise to the possibility of a 2009 launch. One Apple-obsessed website insists their sources are holding to an early 2010 launch for Apple's tablet device.
Reports are now surfacing that Apple is planning it's annual iPod-centric keynote event for the week of Sept. 7, which already has some industry nerds whispering iTablet launch underneath their stale coffee breath. The Loop calls that speculation "flat out wrong". The site goes on to quote their own stealthy sources saying;
"The Apple tablet, they said, would not see the light of day until the first part of 2010.
While the Gizmodo mystery caller may serve as just one more hairy link in a long chain of wild rumors, I'm convinced Apple's epic tablet device does exist and it will be launched sooner than later into the waiting arms of adrenalized Macheads everywhere.
The truth is out there. I want to believe.
[original iTablet concept by Jesus Diaz]