Apple has confirmed earlier rumors by announcing a press event for the end of this month. It’s not saying what’s going to be unveiled, but numerous unconfirmed reports say it’s going to be a tablet computer and a new version of the iPhone OS to run on it.
The invite Apple sent out to journalists to deliberately vague: “Come see our latest creation.” The “creation” in question is almost certainly the iSlate, a device that will combine the features of an iPhone and a netbook.
Steve Jobs is scheduled to kick this event off Jan. 27 in San Francisco.
What the Rumors Say
Apple has been laying its cards close to its chest, but information about this company’s plans for a tablet computer has been slipping out for months. There are still many questions about the Apple iSlate, but leaks from generally reliable sources have revealed much of the functionality.
It will supposedly resemble a very large iPhone with a 10.1-inch multi-touch display and a webcam.
The iSlate is expected to run iPhone OS 4.0, a new version of Apple’s smartphone operating system that is being created to support this device’s much higher resolution screen.
According to unconfirmed reports, Steve Jobs will use part of the Jan. 27 event to urge developers to update their iPhone apps to support this new OS version.
Contradictory reports say this product will be released by AT&T, Verizon, both, or neither. A release from carriers in Europe is also rumored.
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.
Apple reportedly wants the iSlate to cost between $800 and $1,000.