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iPhone OS 4.0 imminent tips App developer

iPhone OS 4.0 imminent tips App developer

The iPhone has gone without a significant OS update for some months now, and according to rumors earlier this week that's all the fault of the Apple iSlate tablet.  A "close Apple" insider suggested that the Cupertino company had been forced to hold off on releasing updated software for their smartphone as it would contain too many references to the upcoming tablet; so, when a "prominent app developer" tells CNET they "Just wanted to give you a heads up that we've submitted an updated app for the new iPhone 4.0 software", it's no surprise that the rumor mill starts cranking.

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Apple iSlate tablet “iPhone on steroids”; iPhone OS update delayed to keep the secret

Apple iSlate tablet “iPhone on steroids”; iPhone OS update delayed to keep the secret

Second Apple iSlate tablet rumor of the day - anyone would think it was slow in the gadget world post-CES - and according to the latest source we should basically be expecting an "iPhone on steroids".  The BGR is reporting on a "close Apple connect" of theirs with a decent track-record, who claims iSlate development is to blame for Apple not releasing an updated iPhone OS build any time recently; apparently there are too many chunks of tablet code and references to the larger-screened device in the new build, which would basically give the game away.

Apple iSlate tablet has no camera/webcam?

Apple iSlate tablet has no camera/webcam?

After Orange France's seeming on-air blunder (aka "taken out of context" misinterpretation) earlier this week regarding the Apple iSlate tablet, the specification mystery deepens with another tidbit from Daring Fireball's John Gruber.  Last heard describing the iSlate project as "a cone of silence", the well-connected blogger now says that, as far as he's heard, the Apple tablet has "no camera, webcam or otherwise".

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Orange deny Apple iSlate blunder: VP “taken out of context”

Orange deny Apple iSlate blunder: VP “taken out of context”

It comes as little surprise that Orange - or at least the carrier's UK arm - are leaping all over today's speculation that Orange France exec Stéphane Richard accidentally confirmed the Apple iSlate tablet on French radio.  According to a statement given to paidContent - and as SlashGear predicted - Richard's comments were "taken out of context", and in actual fact the VP was merely stating that yes, indeed, he was aware of the ongoing rumors.

Orange France VP confirms Apple Tablet on-air?

Orange France VP confirms Apple Tablet on-air?

Securing a deal with Apple is the kind of thing any carrier executive would want to crow about, but we're still somewhat dubious about Orange France VP Stéphane Richard's apparent on-air confirmation of the Apple iSlate tablet. Interviewed by French radio station Europe1, Richard is asked about the persistent rumors that Apple will announce a webcam-enabled Tablet in a few days time, something to which he answers yes; he then - in one interpretation - goes on to confirm that Orange customers would benefit from such a device.

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Apple iSlate tipped for Q2 with aluminum casing

Apple iSlate tipped for Q2 with aluminum casing

Apple's iSlate tablet - long the subject of rumor - may have found its GPU in Imagination Technologies POWERVR SGX545 and be headed for a January 27th unveil, but according to insiders it'll only go on sale in Q2 2010.  Reuters claim two "sources familiar with the situation" have tipped AVY Precision Technology as supplying aluminum casings for the iSlate as of February 2010, while a third source has fingered TPK Solutions as joining Wintek as a touchscreen panel provider.

Imagination Technologies POWERVR SGX545 to be Apple iSlate’s GPU?

Imagination Technologies POWERVR SGX545 to be Apple iSlate’s GPU?

When one of your significant investors is Apple and the world is waiting anxiously for an HD media capable iSlate, you can pretty much expect your new graphics core announcement to be jumped on.  Imagination Technologies have unveiled their POWERVR SGX545 (we can only assume the all-caps just means MORE POWER) graphics core, which supports DirectX10.1, OpenGL ES 2.x, OpenGL 3.2 and OpenCL 1.0 for 3D acceleration, HD media and general purpose crunching.  Apple already use lesser versions of the chipset range in their latest iPhone 3GS and iPod touch.

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Apple iSlate eschews Intel for PA Semi chips insists analyst

Apple iSlate eschews Intel for PA Semi chips insists analyst

With all of CES 2010 going on, you'd be forgiven for forgetting all about Apple's presumed iSlate announcement expected later in January.  There's no such respite, however, as The Street reports on analyst claims regarding Apple's processor use in the touchscreen tablet.  Northeast Securities analyst Ashok Kumar says he's been chatting with Apple's design manufacturing partners, and that they've confirmed the long-held suspicion that the company will use in-house chips from acquisition PA Semi rather than anything from Intel's range.

Apple iSlate tablet: involved teams in “cone of silence”?

Apple iSlate tablet: involved teams in “cone of silence”?

We're still hearing rumors of a January 26th launch for the much-discussed Apple Tablet, and according to the latest from oft-insider Josh Gruber of Daring Fireball, all the signs are coming together for just such an unveil.  Gruber highlights the fact that "everyone working on it has dropped off the map", something which last happened in the run up to the original iPhone's announcement back in early 2007; in fact, many of the people who have now gone into stealth mode are the same engineers and software teams responsible for the iPhone Mail, Calendar, and Safari apps.

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