Will Apple do for reading what it did for computing and music? We can only hope.
This, from Macrumors:
If the rumors are true, the tablet will be able to do basically everything a gadget could possibly do. It’s an e-reader, a gaming device, and a music player. You can watch TV and movies on it and surf the Internet (or so we’ve heard). And it will have thousands of third-party apps available for it … or maybe it will run Mac OS X. That’s all still unknown.
The report reiterates a number of rumors that have been circulating in recent months, including a price point ranging from $600 to $1000, multiple models with and without 3G connectivity, and integrated webcam.
Many Apple fans are eagerly anticipating the device, wondering exactly how Apple is aiming to remake the tablet and netbook market segments in much the same way the iPod and iPhone found novel ways to bring new dimensions to the music player and smartphone device categories.
“The Tablet will be awesome, and my guess is that it will be an instant hit for people who loved Kindles and people who want netbooks,” said David Wertheimer, executive director of Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center.
Wertheimer said he finds it hard to comprehend how the tablet will replace all other on-the-go tech products. “But then again, what I can’t imagine, Steve Jobs often can,” he added.
The rumors have the tablet materializing early next year, just in time to start a whole new shopping spree. Or not.