By Chuong Nguyen | September 30, 2009 12:57 PM
Another day and another round of the mythical tablet beast that Cupertino has in the labs and would purportedly announce in January 2010 for a release that same year. The new rounds of rumors come from iLounge site, which is reporting that the latest hardware prototype for the yet to be seen tablet device will feature a 10.7-inch screen increase the resolution to 720p. There will also be a 3G and non-3G model of the device, which is expected to be a larger version of the iPhone and also run the iPhone operating system along with the iPhone and iPod Touch.
However, in our checks with Synaptics, a leader in multitouch and capacitive screen displays, the firm has stated that 8-inch is the largest size that its 10-finger capable ClearPad screen display will come with.
Between now and when the rumored Tablet gets released, perhaps Synaptics and its competitors will be capable of mass producing multitouch screens that are larger than 10 inches, or they have something brewing in the labs that hasn’t been announced yet. Either way, at this time, this is just speculation, as is the rumor of the Tablet.
If you’re interested in tablet computing and need a portable OS, perhaps the capable Windows Mobile 6.5 Mangrove or the many ultra-mobile PCs (UMPC) devices out there that run the full version of Windows.
Read on to find out more about the latest round of Apple tablet rumors.
1. Apple has created at least three separate prototypes of its tablet computer. Let’s call it “iPad.”
2. Version 1 was designed with a 7″ screen, which was judged to be too small. The latest version has a 10.7″ screen.
3. It runs iPhone OS.
4. There have been reports that it looks like an iPhone. They’re sort of true. It looks like an iPhone 3G, complete with a curved back.
5. It will come in two different variations: one with 3G networking capabilities, and one without 3G networking capabilities. Think of the 3G version as a bigscreen iPhone 3GS, and the non-3G version as a bigscreen iPod touch.
6. Screen resolutions will obviously jump considerably from the iPhone and iPod touch 480×320-pixel displays, enabling easy reading of full-sized book and magazine pages, plus cropped newspaper pages. Expect something like 5-6 times the resolution of an iPod touch or iPhone screen (720p or thereabouts) and 7 times the touchable surface area.
7. It is designed to expand the iPhone and iPod touch media concept to its next potential level: as a slate-like replacement for books and magazines, plus all of the media, gaming, app, and web functionality of the iPhone and iPod touch.
8. It is not meant to compete with netbooks. It’s an iPhone OS media player and light communication device.
9. Apple is currently planning to announce it on or before January 19, 2010, and to use an iPhone-like hype buildup period to start selling it in May or June.
10. It is apparently awaiting a final green light from Steve Jobs; chances of it appearing in the market are believed to be 80% at this point.