I’ve noticed that buzz about the much-anticipated Apple iTablet has been heating up lately. I found no formal word on Apple’s website about the release date of the product, but rumors are flying and folks are speculating about a release date sometime in March or April. Since I’ve turned into a bit of a gadget girl, I went in search of information and ended up on a small quest to figure out what the fuss is all about.
From what I gather, Apple’s rumored new product will offer a 10.1-inch touch-screen—like the iPod Touch—with full computer functionality in a tablet.
You might be wondering, just as I did, why is there a big brouhaha over this potential product? Apparently, Apple has been working on developing a full-sized tablet-based computer for several years and some analysts seem to think Apple is finally ready to launch a product that could very well blow a lot of competitors—like Netbooks and various ebook readers—out of the water. However, there is already concern about the cost—amazing considering Apple has yet to confirm that such a product is in the works.
Weather the iTablet is coming to the market or not, only Apple knows and they’re not talking at the moment. We’ll have to wait and see how everything shakes out. On a side note, I did read several reports which claimed Apple has been in talks with several book publishers, trying to romance them into distributing their content for the tablet rather than the Amazon Kindle ebook reader. It appears book publishers might be receptive to the idea because of their dissatisfaction with Amazon’s contract terms. I chalk these reports up to things that make you go, “Hummmm…”