Orange: ‘No, We Didn’t Just Confirm Apple’s Tablet’

Has mobile operator Orange spilled the beans on the supposed Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) tablet?

Bloggers got themselves tongue-tied Monday, when they leaped on comments – given by owner France Telecom’s deputy CEO during a French radio interview – as “confirmation” that the device is indeed launching soon, equipped with webcam, network connectivity for videophone chat and a retail partnership with Orange itself…

Stephane Richard acknowledged the tablet in the interview with Europe 1 (video at NowhereElse.fr, embedded below. Asked if it could benefit Orange subscribers, he spoke about the possibility of an apparent video calling feature. Now the blogosphere is rife with reports Richard has “confirmed” specs and a strategic relationship.

But it was nothing of the sort, the Orange PR machine tells paidContent:UK: “A few comments taken out of context, then interpreted into English.”

A full statement emailed to us has further back-tracking: “These responses in no way reflect Orange