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NYT remarks, SIM tray leak point to Apple tablet?

updated 08:25 am EDT, Mon October 26, 2009

Apple slate seen as impending

Apple's plans to launch a tablet in coming months may have gained credence today through a pair of possible leaks. New York Times executive editor Bill Keller in a speech at Harvard's Nieman Journalism Lab last week included the "impending Apple slate" as one of the platforms he hopes to have carry the newspaper's content, alongside desktop, mobile web and iPhone apps. It's unclear if Keller has advance knowledge or is just acting on rumors, although it's been claimed that Apple is negotiating with publishers for content delivery through iTunes in advance of a tablet.

Separately, China Ontrade claims to have a SIM tray for the Apple tablet and has gone so far as to provide a comparison between this and the existing iPhone 3G/3GS tray to illustrate their differences. The mystery tray is thicker, with a more pronounced curve and a different mechanism.

While unconfirmed, the part is believed to have shipped directly from large-scale Chinese assembler Foxconn, which just recently was named as the manufacturer for the tablet. In this view, shipments would start in early 2010.

The SIM if real would confirm the presence of AT&T and possibly T-Mobile 3G for the future tablet design, which could have a multi-touch screen about 10 inches large and which may use an upscaled version of iPhone OS.

by MacNN Staff



  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I'd always wondered how

    archeologists could find a toe bone and reconstruct the whole dinosaur out of it. Yet these people are constructing the whole Apple tablet out of a SIM tray.

  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What shall we call it?

    How about Rumor Forensics?

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969



    or... Rumourensics?

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969



    What's truly disturbing is the likelihood that shares are traded on the basis of such faffle!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    At least they have thousands of examples, milltions of years of evolution, and forensic science behind them ('if a toe bone is this big, the animal would be that big. And based on its rigidity, you can tell that it was used for walking and not for show, and .....").

    These guys have A sim tray (and do we even know it belongs to an Apple product?) and are dissecting info from it. Of course, it being the same size, I don't know how they determine it must be for a tablet. Maybe the metal is proof?

    Oh, and doesn't this, at least then, mean it isn't a Verizon tablet? They don't use SIMs. So one rumor kills another.

  1. Tanker10a

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Blah Blah

    Blah Blah Blah Blah!
    I hope for those in the audience are taking Coffee IV drip.
    Inconceivable people sat through this....
    Kill Me Now!

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