2010: Year of the Apple Tablet

Posted on December 12, 2009 by .

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Apple is expected to start 2010 with the launch of a new gadget: a tablet computer that will allow users to surf the internet, watch television shows and read online magazines and newspapers.

Speculation is rife that Apple will unveil the device, which has no keyboard and resembles a large iPhone, on January 26 in San Francisco and two days later in Sydney.

Some technology bloggers have named the touchscreen device the iSlate after it was disclosed that the company had registered the iSlate.com internet domain name.

The company has previously investigated the possibility of producing a tablet computer and there are already tablets available from rival manufacturers. France’s Archos, which ‘pioneered digital music players but saw its market lead stolen by Apple, has already created an internet tablet based on Google’s Android software. Microsoft’s latest tablet prototype – codenamed Courier, rumours have it – involves two 18cm screens side-by-side in the form of a booklet.

The explosion of digital content services, the rise of downloadable applications and the widespread availability of wireless broadband has created a market for a tablet PC that is more of a multimedia device than merely a ”keyboardless” computer. It would essentially be a cross between the iPhone, Apple’s TV service and an iPod.

There are also a number of content deals in the works that would make the iSlate a valuable platform for media groups.

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