Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Apple Tablet Challenge to Kindle Delayed, It's Said

This is an UPDATE to the long story a couple of days ago about AllthingsD's earlier report that the Apple tablet might be announced the week of Sept. 7 at one of their keynote events.

Today AllthingsD is reporting (John Paczkowski) that the keynote event will be Sept. 9 in San Francisco but that
"...our sources insist it will not involve any discussion whatsoever of the tablet Apple is reportedly developing.   Too bad. It’s looking more and more like we’ll have to wait until 2010 for that."
  Instead, the event "is expected to showcase upgrades to the iPod line and an update to iTunes that may involve some sort of social element."

  Interestingly, the over-rumored Apple Tablet or iPad has been described AS an "upgrade to the iPod line" -- larger ones.  I imagine getting all the contract negotiations with publishers and cellular phone companies would have presented a problem for early delivery even if the rumored unit was almost ready.  Or maybe Apple is playing it coy, as it has before.

  Remaining excitement could be an appearance by Steve Jobs.  Here's a fascinating article on Jobs and on Apple itself by The Sunday Times, August 16, 2009.

  Additional reading for the interested:
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  1. Andrys,

    In case you hadn’t seen it, thought I'd pass along this post by Andy Ihnatko (seems I've seen you link to him before) on his take on the "Rumored Apple Tablet," or "RAT," as he refers to it. In it, he speculates on why the RAT, if it does become a reality, will not be a "killer" for any e-reader.

    BTW, hope it's okay to submit this through the comments section, but I didn’t see an e-mail address. Take care.

  2. Batman, for sure it's on topic, and interesting. CNet's been saying the same thing. Ya never know. At the price they're planning, I'd have my doubts too. But if it didn't cost $800 and it didn't cost $30/mo. on top of that for cellular wireless for use outside home/office, it'd be very nice to have :-) I'll take a look - he's a good writer.


  3. ...of course, it might help if I actually include the link:,ihnatko-apple-mac-tablet-rumors-082009.article

  4. Definitely saves some time! Thanks! :-)


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