Apple Might Be Prepping an iTablet

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Using expertise gained from the iPhone and iPod touch, Apple is reportedly developing a mobile computer with a tablet design for release next year.

According to AppleInsider, this as yet unnamed device will supposedly by half again the size of the iPhone, and include a higher resolution touchscreen than Apple’s smartphone.

Like this company’s other mobile devices, this tablet will supposedly run an embedded version of OS X, and include Apple’s multi-touch system.

Wi-Fi is a virtual certainty in this device, but whether it will have any other kind of wireless networking built into it is an open question. The AppleInsider source also did not say if this tablet will be able to use an iPhone as a wireless modem.

Not much was revealed about who Apple considers the target market for this device, which can be called the iTablet for lack of a better name. Presumably though, it’s for people who want something similar in function to an iPod touch, but with a larger screen. In addition, the iTablet is unlikely to be missing some of the features Apple’s latest iPod is, like an email application.

This product will supposedly hit the market in the first half of next year, and might be unveiled but not released at the MacWorld conference in January. Pricing is not known at this time.

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Because so little is known about the iTablet, it’s hard to discern what products it might compete against.

Nokia has already released two models that seem similar in size and function to Apple’s upcoming mobile device, the latest of which is the N800 Internet Tablet. This is a relatively small device that runs a version of the Linux OS.

On the other end of the spectrum are UMPCs, which are include a full version of Windows. These are generally table shaped, but are mostly considerably larger than Apple’s upcoming model is rumored to be.

In addition, Intel has been pushing its concept for the Mobile Internet Device (MID). This describes a group of products that will be quite close to the iTablet in many ways.

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