Tuesday, January 26, 2010

McGrawHill discloses Apple Tablet info on CNBC

The Guardian's Bobbie Johnson brings us the CNBC video clip of Terry McGraw spilling lots of beans to CNBC's Erin Burnett and to us on the Apple Tablet.  Was it a controlled leak, or is Steve Jobs doing a slow/fast burn somewhere.  Here is the key quote:
"We have worked with Apple for quite a while - the tablet is going to be based on the iPhone operating system, and so it will be transferrable. So what you're going to be able to do now... we have a consortium of ebooks - we have 95% of all our materials that are in ebook format on that one - so with the tabloid you're going to open up the higher education market, the professional market. The tabloid, the tablet is going to be just really terrific."
Read Bobbie John's raised-eyebrows analysis at the link.

  And then there was this tv-reveal (or was it?) when Stephane Richard, the future CEO of Orange France, said the following (translated by MacRumors)
' Jean-Pierre Elkabbach (the interviewer) : According to Le Point (a french magazine), your partner Apple will be launching a tablet
Stéphane Richard: Yes.
Jean-Pierre Elkabbach: ... equipped with a webcam.
Stéphane Richard: Yes.
Jean-Pierre Elkabbach: Will Orange customers also be able to enjoy it?
Stéphane Richard: Of course!, they will actually particularly enjoy it because the webcam will allow live video streaming. It's a new take on mobile video-conferencing. '
 The video is on the page, and following it is the not ultra-convincing disclaimer by Orange reported by MacRumors:
' Update: paidContent:UK received word from Orange clarifying that Richard was simply acknowledging the speculation regarding a tablet and the company's wish to support it if it does exist.

These responses in no way reflect Orange's confirmation of the existence of the rumoured device. The spokesperson was merely confirming that he is aware of the speculation surrounding a launch and that Orange would be delighted to have such a product were it ever to be available. '
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