Although a wide array of sources agree that Apple intends to release a tablet computer in the first part of next year, there’s little agreement on the details of this device. For example, according to the latest unconfirmed report, it will have a touchscreen significantly smaller than earlier thought.
Previous reports have said that this model will have a 10-inch display, but a new report says that Apple’s tablet will be designed around a 7-inch touchscreen.
In many ways, this device will supposedly function like a extra-large iPhone or iPod touch, and will run the iPhone OS, not Mac OS X. If the latest report is correct, it will have a screen exactly twice the size of Apple’s current handheld models.
A smaller screen will keep the price down significantly — Apple reportedly wants it to cost between $800 and $1,000
This latest source indicated that this tablet will be unveiled in January. Previous reports have said it will be released in March or April.
Update: A second source has come forward to say that Apple will announce this device in January, well before the release, in order to give developers time to update their software to run on a higher-resolution screen. Exactly what this new resolution will be is not yet known.
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 iPhone OS-based device is supposedly going to be released by AT&T, Verizon, both, or neither.
Whether it’s a 3G connection or Wi-Fi, this device will supposedly have wireless access to the Internet, including iTunes. This will allow users to download music and also video to play on the relatively large display.
All of the features one would expect in a mobile computer will supposedly also be included: web browser, email software, etc. In addition, one of the main functions of Apple’s tablet may be displaying e-books.