After the first batch of supposedly leaked live Apple tablet images earlier on today, along comes a second purported to show the imminent touchscreen device cavorting with an iPhone. The same tipster sent the heavily-masked image to Engadget, though we're thinking this new shot is slightly out of proportion given the apparent aspect of the display.
With the Apple event kicking off in a matter of hours and - all things expected - the iPad tablet issue finally put to rest, do we have time for a few more quick rumors? Jason Calacanis, a guy with a pretty solid tech reputation, has been tweeting about his hands-on experience as an Apple tablet beta-tester; Calacanis claims to have been playing with the tablet for two weeks now, that it has an integrated HDTV tuner and PVR, wireless keyboard and monitor connectivity, front and rear camera functionality and integrated 3G with support for both Verizon and AT&T. Unfortunately there's also a sting in the tail: the apparent battery life of the tablet.
As you may have noticed, the world has gone slightly Apple iPad tablet crazy these past few weeks, and we're building up to an event that potentially overshadows the original iPhone launch. SlashGear will be attending Apple's "Come see our latest creation" press event tomorrow, Wednesday January 27th, and we'll be running our usual liveblog to bring you all the news as it's announced.
The event is due to begin at 10am PST on January 27th; that's 1pm EST and 6pm GMT. We'll be using our homegrown liveblog system over at http://live.slashgear.com/, complete with automatic page refreshes so that you can sit back, relax and enjoy the stream of news.
With the countdown well underway to Wednesday's Apple iPad tablet event - which SlashGear will be liveblogging - it only seems right to look at the latest bunch of rumors. Shiniest are these new supposedly-leaked images of the iPad in the wild; designer Dustin Curtis reckons a friend of his sent them to him with no further information. Meanwhile a Germany retailer prematurely tweeted its thoughts on the iPad pricing, for both carrier-subsidized and contract-free models. Updated after the cut.
It almost seems churlish to throw out another Apple iPad tablet rumor so early on a Monday morning, but now even analytics companies are getting in on the hype machine. Flurry - who track app usage - have pushed out an excitable blog entry claiming to have spotted fifty prototype Apple devices accessing 200 different apps, with use beginning back in October but increasing dramatically this month. "Apple appears to be going through its cycle of testing and polish," reckons Peter Farago, Flurry's VP of marketing, "which is expected from any hardware or software company as it nears launch."
Piece together all the Apple iPad tablet rumors, supposed-leaks and speculation and you'd end up with a Frankenstein's monster of a device, one capable of hypnotizing the whole blogosphere ahead of Apple's press conference next Wednesday. Latest to throw their oar in is iLounge, who reckon they have the scoop on two hardware details for the touchscreen slate. Most curious is the suggestion - so their source claims - that the iPad will have dual dock connectors.
Carrier support for the much-rumored Apple Tablet has been well argued over the past few months, with some sources tipping AT&T - with whom Apple already work with on the iPhone 3GS - and others pointing at Verizon Wireless. According to Fox, however, both carriers may be in line for a version; they claim that Apple is still to complete negotiations, and say that internal sources have confirmed that both a CDMA and a GSM model of the Apple Tablet will be launched.
Engadget’s got their hands on a Slate PC prototype from Stantum, which comes from a “hacked-up Dell mini 10”. The 10-inches of prime real estate features Stantum's multitouch, ultra-sensitive and pressure-simulating resistive touchscreen technology.
What's in a name? If you're the upcoming, much-anticipated Apple Tablet then your name is just another of the hotly-argued possibilities in the run up to the company's event next Wednesday. At one point iSlate seemed most likely; then we heard iTablet, and now thanks to some fresh trademark digging the Apple iPad is another possibility. Registrations for the iPad name took place in Canada back in July 2009, and since then similar trademarks have been filed in Europe, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Australia.
You might be wondering where the US trademark is, but that's actually held by Fujitsu; the company registered it for handheld computing prior to Apple's interest. While that could present a legal problem should Apple decide to go with the iPad name, it's an issue they've already surmounted at least once before with the iPhone (the trademark for which was held by Cisco).
Apple's press event next Wednesday - which SlashGear will be liveblogging - isn't just expected to see their tablet debut, but the latest version of iPhone OS too, v4.0. Last we heard, Apple had been sitting on a significant update for the iPhone and iPod touch because there were too many tablet-tipping tidbits in there; now, BGR have supposedly heard about some of the more appealing feature-adds, including the introduction of "a few new ways" to run apps in the background.
Also tipped are various UI and graphical changes, that have apparently been made to improve and streamline navigation, together with OS-wide support for multitouch gestures. Meanwhile there's some vague talk of new synchronization options for the calendar and contacts, though no exact details of what that might be.