Report: Apple Plans Demo of Tablet in January, Taps Developers for Apps

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Apple is planning to demonstrate its long-rumored tablet iPhone OS device, according to a report from BusinessInsider. Citing a single, unnamed source, the magazine said that Apple had asked "select" developers to prep apps for the demo.

"They've told select developers that as long as they build their apps to support full screen resolution -- rather than a fixed 320x480 -- their apps should run just fine," the source was quoted as saying.

The demonstration is supposed to be just that, a demo. The device wouldn't go on sale until later in the Spring. Google is supposed to demo its own Android device in January, and BusinessInsider suggested the timing of Apple's demo could be to damped enthusiasm for Google's product.

We'll stress that the article was single-sourced, and that this source was unnamed. Apple has often had select developers work up demonstration apps for new operating systems and new developments in its iPhone product line, and those developers have seldom leaked information about Apple's plans ahead of time.

With Apple's mobile platform(s) shaping up to be one of the biggest markets for software on the planet, it would be somewhat surprising if tapped developers would risk Apple's wrath by leaking those plans ahead of time.

That said, Apple's tablet has been the absolutely worst-kept Apple secret since Steve Jobs returned to the helm of the company in 1997.

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legacy

“They’ve told select developers that as long as they build their apps to support full screen resolution—rather than a fixed 320x480—their apps should run just fine,” the source was quoted as saying.

As one of the non-select developers, I call BS on this.

The apps may RUN just fine, but everyone’s UI has been entrenched around 320x480.  Some non-trivial redesign would be involved, as I kinda doubt anyone’s gonna want a navigation bar and table view at, say, 800x1280. 

That said, Apple’s tablet has been the absolutely worst-kept Apple secret since Steve Jobs returned to the helm of the company in 1997.

That said, the tablet rumor has also been circulating since what seems like 1997.  Someone might as well complete things and claim Apple will allow tablet clones. smile

Bryan Chaffin

On your app development point, I concur.  I don’t give this particular leak much credence. The devil is in the details.

As for your last point, Ha! That’s pretty funny. smile

That said, there is a lot of difference between the tablet rumors of the late 1990s and the cycle we’ve seen for the last two years. In ye olden days, the leaks were supposedly coming from inside Apple -  I personally believe some of them were legit, but that the products never went anywhere.

Today’s leaks are coming from the myriad of companies outside of Apple that build Apple’s products or are needed as partners for launches (like the publishers - I give a lot of credence to that wave of leaks).

AceNet-Alan

http://blogs.ft.com/techblog/2009/12/exclusive-apple-to-host-event-in-january/

The buzz is building up… again. And if Apple isn’t denying and a facility is booked, I would give consideration to these flags.

computerbandgeek

Someone might as well complete things and claim Apple will allow tablet clones.

HA!

azarkon

perhaps the next gen iPhone is just going to have a higher res screen.  At some point apple has to nudge iPhone developers away from the fixed 320*480 screen size or the iPhone or else apple will be stuck with dated specs and their device will become more and more of a dinosaur.

Also, a 5 or 6 inch iTouch might be a nice addition to the lineup—a bigger screen for gaming and video would fit nicely into the lineup.

I’m still of the opinion that a device with a 10 inch screen- especially if it has the rumored $1000 price tag - should have a real computer OS on it.

cb50dc

Someone might as well complete things and claim Apple will allow tablet clones.

The iPsy, perhaps?

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