Unless you’ve been trapped under a very large P.C. for the last year, you’ve likely heard the about Apple’s rumored new tablet device (now being heralded as the “iSlate”). The device is thought to be an 8 (or 10, or 11) inch flat iPod-like gadget that will be a mix between a Mac laptop and a Kindle. Most rumors suggest that it will have a touch interface and video capabilities, and, thanks to today’s Wall Street Journal, it has a likely release date: March. (According to the article, Apple will show it to the public later this month.)
I haven’t been trapped under a P.C. or a rock (or anything else heavy), and I’ve been waiting for this kind of confirmation, from a reputable outlet, about the Apple tablet — iSlate, I guess — for awhile. (Did you know that Apple bought the domain name iSlate.com back in 2007?) And while I’m hoping they’re aiming high on that price point ($1,000 was mentioned), I admit I’m desirous, indeed. And one of the many reasons is for e-reading. I just can’t make the leap to buy an entire device as an e-reader; even though the Nook is tempting as all get out, it’s not practical for my budget anymore to buy an electronic device that only does one thing. But the “iSlate” would do more, obviously.
And — look, I could talk at some length about what I would use an Apple tablet for — movies, presentations in meetings, travel, e-reading. All valid stuff. But we all know when it comes down to it, it’s mostly going to be SHINY I WANTS IT NOWZZ.
Staying tuned, I guess, until the 26th.