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Sources: Apple tablet a "Kindle killer," multi-year project

updated 10:45 am EST, Mon December 28, 2009

Two tips say tablet is real, discuss Jobs' role

Talk of an Apple tablet gained some anecdotal support today through tandem rumors in the latest episode of This Week in Tech. Digg founder and show guest Kevin Rose claims to know a source that describes the mystery device as a "Kindle killer" due to an emphasis on e-books. He himself doesn't list features but hears that the device is enough to disrupt the e-book reader category.

"Expect to see a lot of Kindles on eBay after the announcement," he says.

Fellow guest and Rackspace technology blogger Robert Scoble also claims to have an Apple source of his own and echoes the focus on text. The tipster claims that the tablet will be one of the first to truly take advantage of the Quartz interface layer's advanced support for text. Scoble also makes an allusion to content deals with print firms and that the tablet is one of Apple CEO Steve Jobs' most important projects in recent history, being a "multi-year" project much like the iPhone.

The blogger adds that the fragility of Jobs' health has been understated and that the executive was closer to death before his liver transplant than previously hinted at. It's known that Jobs had sought the transplant in Tennessee to speed up access, and it's rumored that he had bought a mansion for a short period to give himself a regular home during his stay.

Both Rose and Scoble have historically mixed track records for Apple-related rumors. Scoble is so far mainly known for echoing a report that Jobs was in good health only months before his operation. Rose is known to have provided inaccurate rumors about iPhone hardware in the past but has also been extremely accurate in some areas, including iPhone OS 3.0 features and photos of the fourth-generation iPod nano.

Their assertions also come on the back of several tablet-related rumors that have culminated in talk of a late January event to introduce the touchscreen gadget, with finished hardware shipping in March or April.

by MacNN Staff



  1. typesetterX

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "The blogger adds that the fragility of Jobs' health has been understated and that the executive was closer to death before his liver transplant than previously hinted at. "

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    thank you MacNN

    for noting that sometimes bloggers are not reliable sources of information.

  1. tortenteufel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I even read somewhere that the tablet can make a nice cup of coffee!
    For boring E-books you can choose the double espresso option.

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not sure why the Kindle will be killed

    because the Apple tablet will offer an alternative solution. I believe that the Kindle would still offer some benefits over the Apple tablet such as longer battery life and lower cost and the DX will still have a larger display. Traditional eReaders won't be rendered obsolete by the higher-end Apple tablet. I'm sure there must be room enough for several types of eReaders. Yes, I would prefer a color tablet that can play back movies, TV programs, run apps and do double duty as an eReader, but not everyone has to have that. A Kindle is a fine device just based on storage alone. It beats carrying a dozen books hands down.

    As for the Apple tablet making a mean cup of coffee, I'm sure there'll be an app for that.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Anyone in their right-mind who would dump their kindle for an iTablet the moment it comes out never would have bought it in the first place, as they would be sitting around waiting for the iTablet to be released.

    On the plus-size, since there's a Kindle app for the iPhone, you wouldn't lose your books.

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