Rumor Mill: An Apple Tablet Coming This September?
We’ve heard it all before, but here we go again with the onslaught of Apple Tablet rumors for the new year. Fueled recent confirmations by the Financial Times, Apple is apparently working on a new way for customers to interact with media purchased via the iTunes store. Hopefuls claim this will be delivered in the form of an oversized 10-inch iPod iTouch. Calling this a stretch probably wouldn’t be too far from the truth, but hey… one can always dream, right?
The article claims that Apple is also having talks with book publishers, which could mean heavy competition for Amazon.com’s Kindle, which has done a far-exceeding job of dominating the eBook market thus far.
If the product is to be truly released, it’d be interesting to see how the tablet could possible be applied to other technologies out there. Aside from putting popular tablet maker Wacom in the cross hairs as well, we imagine a number of versatile options will explode an untouched market of portable touch-screen applications. From being able to convert into a universal keyboard to having the ability to remotely control an entire home from a single interface/device. The possibilities are there and developers will monetize on them.
There remains, however, two hurdles Apple must clear. First and foremost, battery life must be accounted for. We’ve seen the built-in batteries to be an excellent move for Apple’s Macbook Pro line recently, but the iPhone’s battery life has been seen to be pretty much the opposite. Secondly, the device must be priced in a competitive market. We all saw what happen to the Macbook Air. A similar mistake will be unacceptable in this kind of turbulent market.