Apple iSlate Released Before CES: Rumors Abound, Non-Apple Execs Faint
(crossposted from uber.la)
Countdown to the release of the iSlate from Apple is driving the fanboys and the media mad. In advance of CES which opens tomorrow…
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday Jan. 4, 2010, Las Vegas.
Apple sends 200 Geniuses onto the CES showroom floor with 200 spankin new Apple iSlates. The conference in Las Vegas is Rocked! Dell, HP, HTC, Acer all stunned into silence. MSFT stock drops. Major surprise, the iSlate is powered by AMD’s new mobile chipset!
HP”s Chairman, in his keynote address decries, “We’ll put out a tablet computer when the corporate world demands one. And besides, we’ve already got tablet computers. They’re just huge and ugly. But the margins on our tablet computers are great.”
(the above event is pure fantasy)
Just clicking the links about iSlates and other touch-screen tablet computer rumors is now cresting at about 20 tweets per hour in my small tweetstream. I thought I would capture some of the better ones I actually clicked on and tomorrow through Apples announcement next week, we can see who was close who was wack and what Steve Job’s new Moses act will bring.
Personally, the visualization on the left is my favorite concept. Ideas abound that Apple will put a camera on the screenside (like the laptops) to facilitate the Buck Rodgers visual/skype/phone usage. Regardless of what form the iSlate 1.0 takes, I know the world is waiting to see if Apple will turn computing on it’s ear for the 4th time. (1. mac; 2. ipod; 3. iphone) While the 1984 launching the Mac in ’84 were less than perfect, the battle against the establishment/big brother still continues. And with each innovation, Apple pierces the boring beige, Win-based, enterprise/established corporate computing model. So here we go again.
‘Tablets’ Aplenty Will Come Out at CES This Week – Businessweek
As the world awaits Apple’s touchscreen tablet, upstart Notion Ink is one of many competitors moving to top the smartphone at this weeks’s CES
The Tablet — DaringFireball
Another former Apple executive who was there at the time said the tablets kept getting shelved at Apple because Mr. Jobs, whose incisive critiques are often memorable, asked, in essence, what they were good for besides surfing the Web in the bathroom.
Gizmodo’s Guide to the iSlate (Gizmodo goes the final mile to compile the ultimate list)
The Apple tablet is almost here. We hear. Actually, we’re hearing a whole lot lately. With this exhaustive guide to every tablet rumor, we’ve got the clearest picture of the Apple tablet yet.
That’s it for now. I think the Gizmodo site will be your best bet for the end-all-reveal-all site. But I’ll keep spouting poetic with my own two cents.
HOT OFF THE PRESSES:
Monday Jan. 4, 2010, Las Vegas.
Immediately following the surprise release of the Apple iSlate on opening day at CES 2010 in Las Vegas, Apple and Twitter announced Apple’s purchase of Twitter for 2 billion dollars in cash and stock. Jobs says they will phase out all non-Mac OS apps and access to the popular microblogging service. “We liked Twitter from the beginning. And we think people will like it more on a Mac so in 2011 we will begin phasing out all access to machines running non-Apple OS services.”
When Microsoft spokesman, Haywood J Blow, was asked about Apple’s daring move he said, “When the corporate customer starts asking for Twitter, we will buy or invent something like Twitter. Apple has not won this war yet.” Shares of MSFT, DELL, HP all fell sharply in after-hours trading.
Tweetdeck and Seismic announced their immediate support of the move saying it would reduce their development costs and give the end-user a more mac-like experience. Google had no immediate comment but shareholders voted to up their purchase of Apple stock by 20% a year. And a new version of Mac-only Google WAVE was also rumored to be only a few months down the roadmap.
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