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Apple recruiting developers to demo tablet in January?

updated 02:10 pm EST, Wed December 23, 2009

Tablet shown early to ready developers

Rumors of an Apple tablet in January gained fuel again today with a rumor elaborating on the company's supposed plans. A "plugged-in" contact for SAI says Apple has been asking some developers to prepare apps that could be demonstrated on a larger handheld device next month. It's not clear whether these are ports, though coders are being told that iPhone apps will work properly as long as they're not coded for a fixed size, clearly indicating a screen resolution higher than 480x320.

The unveiling would take place in January but wouldn't have devices shipping right away as Apple is believed to be giving developers time to optimize their apps for the larger size. Most rumors have Apple's mystery device shipping in March and, if accurate, would imply that Apple doesn't anticipate major changes for apps beyond the display.

All these claims synchronize with those that suggest the tablet would run the iPhone OS and plug in almost directly into Apple's ecosystem. Some issues such as size still remain up for debate, as many have pinpointed a 10-inch device while a rumor today has alluded to a 7-inch screen. A simple porting process would favor the latter as a 10-inch screen is likely to have a much larger resolution and break expectations for the interface.

Doubts have been cast on a January event as Apple's exit from Macworld was partly justified by its resistance to announcing products on a fixed schedule, but the company when it dropped its plans also said it was shifting its focus away from third-party trade shows where it can't control the specific day or conditions of the launch; its timing doesn't necessarily preclude a January release.

A release of the sort pits any Apple offering directly against a sudden wave of competitors that are likely to appear at CES, including the Android-based Dell Streak and the ASUS Eee Pad.

by MacNN Staff



  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Why are there always question marks

    on all these Apple articles about the "rumored" tablet? Aren't you supposed to be giving information and not asking about it? These articles always have more questions than answers. I really don't remember Apple ever mentioning anything about a tablet computer which rules out any time frames or asking for developers or anything pertaining to a tablet. From what I've read, there doesn't seem to be quite a few people that even think they need a tablet at any price. Supposedly any tablet is an automatic sales failure, so why even get excited about it. Apple seems to be the largest tech company where future products are based entirely on speculation. Does Apple even offer a product roadmap like Intel does?

  1. Peter Bonte

    Joined: Dec 1969


    January presentation

    All the rumors are adding up, its the same pattern as with the iPhone introduction. Seems like a January presentation is practically confirmed, waiting longer than that would spoil the presentation.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    why, exactly, does Apple live in a world of secrecy if everyone still knows what's coming by the time it is announced?

  1. ebeyer

    Joined: Dec 1969



    If this thing runs the iPhone OS, can we presume it
    also won't run flash? That means no Hulu and most
    embedded streaming video (except for YouTube, which
    is special).

    I'm trying to keep an open mind, but I remain

  1. tortenteufel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple is Santaclaus

    Just wait for your present!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Flash?

    If they had flash, then you could use those services, and then you might be less likely to buy stuff from Apple. Since everything Apple makes these days entirely revolves driving people to the iTMS, it would seem obvious that it won't have flash or any other type of plug-in.

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