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It’s Apple tablet rumor time again, but this time it’s double the pleasure. An analyst told BusinessWeek that Apple is not going to build a tablet; it’s going to build two of them. One is a 6-inch “iPod Maxi,” the other, the oft-discussed 10-inch Mac tablet. […]

apple-logoIt’s Apple tablet rumor time again, but this time it’s double the pleasure. An analyst told BusinessWeek that Apple is not going to build a tablet; it’s going to build two of them. One is a 6-inch “iPod Maxi,” the other, the oft-discussed 10-inch Mac tablet. You can bet it won’t be two for the price of one. This is Apple, after all.

This is the first we’ve heard of two different tablets being in the works at Cupertino. The smaller tablet mentioned fits in with our thoughts on an Apple tablet. This is basically an iPod touch with a larger screen. Such a device would be able to leverage the thousands of apps in the App Store right out of the box. Though it would be interesting to see those apps run on a larger screen, especially e-book readers.

Apple has declined to comment on the report to BusinessWeek but the analyst claims that Steve Jobs will make the final call on the tablet front — and that Apple may release one of these tablets as early as September.

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  1. I’m inclined to take the ‘I’ll believe it when I see it’ stance with the Apple stuff

    50/50

  2. And i’m sure they prototypes of all sorts of stuff that might be mistaken for production value.

  3. GoodThings2Life Wednesday, August 19, 2009

    Yeah, it’s this little concept that we call “R&D” aka “Research & Development” … where people are paid to build new toys and ideas in hopes that someday someone important will think lots of someones will like it enough to pay money for it… but sometimes, even the ideas that those someones will pay for aren’t recognized by the great someone important.

    1. Didn’t see that, but you have to admit it’s an obvious title, isn’t it? :)

    2. Absolutely! After seeing this and the other one I searched and was surprised there were only the two!

  4. I have it on good authority that it’s based on the TC1100 form factor with the new Macbook Pro internals, multi touch screen with pen option, supplied with Snow Leopard and Windows 7, and enjoys a 7 hour battery life, all for $500.

    1. Sign me up. I’ll take 2.

    2. That’s the stuff dreams are made of, and most unfortunately, dreams they shall remain unless Apple somehow defies my expectations.

  5. Zack Lee Wright Wednesday, August 19, 2009

    A 6-inch iPod Touch would be totally awesome. It would rock my world. Can you just imagine gaming on it. Like Heaven only better.

    1. Gaming on a jumbo iPod touch? Not exactly something that would work in my eyes, other than casual fare. (That is, unless there’s a D-Pad and buttons that I didn’t see coming.) I have a DS and a PSP for that.

      What I do want out of such a device is basically a 21st-century Newton MessagePad 2100. Something I can WRITE and DRAW on as well as touch (that means a pen), as well as something with a strong PIM suite that leverages such pen use. I doubt it’ll happen as long as Steve Jobs is around, though. (Especially since a pen could make an interesting input device for gaming, if the game is designed to leverage it.)

  6. I believe it will be called the iPod Maxi Pad.

    1. I hope it doesn’t come in red.

  7. I am sure Apple makes many different sizes and configurations for testing, and its seems logical that there are more than one product in evaluation at this time.

  8. Makes sense to me and the right way.
    But emphasizes where Archos 5″ with Android will have a superior solution with a more powerful OS and high-end application for that more robust OS.

    Tal

    1. Man Up dude. 6 inches of American Apple trumps 5 inches of French Archos. If you disagree perhaps its time for a cage match.

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