Citing a very reliable source, Jeremy Horwitz of iLounge drops some very interesting tidbits relating to the rumored Apple tablet.
First, Horwitz notes that Apple “created at least three separate prototypes of its tablet computer.” The first prototype checked in with a 7-inch screen, but that was deemed to be too small. The latest working prototype is reportedly a tablet with a 10.7 inch screen, which is a tad bigger than the 9.6-inch screen that was rumored to be in the works a few weeks ago.
Aesthetically, the tablet will look very similar to an iPhone and will include a curved back. It will run iPhone OS and,here’s where things get interesting, will come in 2 different models.
… 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.
Perhaps this difference is what accounts for the rumored price tag, which varies from $800 to $1000.
With the added screen size comes increased resolution, with Horwitz writing that the upcoming Tablet models will sport “something like 5-6 times the resolution of an iPod touch or iPhone screen (720p or thereabouts) and 7 times the touchable surface area.”
In terms of functionality, Horwitz writes,
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.
It is not meant to compete with netbooks. It’s an iPhone OS media player and light communication device.
While earlier reports have pegged a tablet release for sometime in early 2010, Horwitz’s source notes that Apple won’t start selling the device until sometime this Spring, in either May or June. An announcement and public demo of the device, however, may come as early as January 19, 2010.
And lastly, Apple’s mysterious tablet is simply “awaiting a final green light from Steve Jobs”, with the odds that it actually sees the light of day coming in at “80% at this point.”