In the last few days, there has been a flurry of unconfirmed reports about Apple's plans to release a tablet computer. The latest of these reveals the name and the size of its display.
What's in a Name?
Apple, through a dummy company, has trademarked "iSlate" in the U.S., and a law firm that has worked with Apple in the past has trademarked this same word in Europe.
As this fits in well with this company's usual naming practices -- iPhone, iMac, iPod, iTunes -- it doesn't take a huge leap of logic to come to the conclusion that this will be the name for Apple's tablet computer.
Exactly how big this mobile device will be has been an open question for many months, with reports ranging from just a big bigger than an iPod touch to the size of the largest laptops. According to the latest information leaking out of Asia, the iSlate will have a 10-inch display.
Apple's wish to have these screens be unusually strong has reportedly pushed back to release of this product. Unlike notebook displays, this tablet's screen will not be protected inside of a clamshell when the user is carrying it around, so the designers are apparently taking extra measures to prevent easy breakage.
Innolux, a subsidiary of the Foxconn Group will supposedly be supplying these touchscreens, and another subsidiary, G-Tech Optoelectronics, will be responsible for strengthening the glass. Foxconn Electronics will allegedly handle the assembly.
What the Earlier Rumors Say
There are still many questions about Apple's upcoming tablet, but leaks from generally reliable sources have revealed much of the functionality.
This device will supposedly run the iPhone OS, and be released by AT&T, Verizon, both, or neither.
Whether it's a 3G connection or Wi-Fi, the iSlate will allegedly have wireless access to the Internet, including iTunes. This will allow users to download music, e-books, and video, which can then be displayed on the large screen.
All of the features one would expect in a mobile computer will supposedly also be included: web browser, email software, etc.
Steve Jobs is expected to unveil the iSlate on January 26, with a release scheduled for March or April.
Apple reportedly wants it to cost between $800 and $1,000
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