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Apple tablet event due Jan. 27, iPhone 4.0 in tow?

updated 02:40 pm EST, Mon January 4, 2010

Apple event on 27th may show iPhone OS 4

Apple's late January event could have more than just the anticipated tablet itself in store, a rumor suggests. Certain developers have allegedly been seeded a beta of the iPhone OS 4.0 development kit that, among other adaptations, would include a simulator and tools to accommodate a new resolution and screen area.

While the existence of the SDK isn't yet confirmed by itself, it corroborates stories that Apple has been hand-picking developers in advance to have them convert existing iPhone apps to run in a tablet-friendly interface. Historically, Apple has also regularly shown beta versions of the iPhone OS before the end of the winter, though this has usually taken place in March.

Word of the software side of the tablet comes as a second rumor maintains that the event itself may also take place a day later than originally expected. Those in a "position to know" say the Apple presentation is actually scheduled for January 27th but will remain at the Yerba Buena Center in downtown San Francisco. The Digital Daily tip is short on details but does allude to a "major product announcement" that's assumed to involve the long-rumored tablet.

Past rumors referencing a January event have stated that the tablet if present wouldn't actually ship until March or even April, which may either stem from production issues or now refinement of the iPhone OS 4.0 firmware in time for the event.




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  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Worrying?

    So, if any of these rumours are actually true, what we're looking at is a keyboard-less netbook that only runs software bought through the iTMS AppStore. Does this kind of closed eco-system worry anybody else especially where Apple rapidly becomes the model for others?

  1. starwarrior

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    No

    It is how things work right.

  1. PRoth

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    @Feathers

    I'd say it's too early to worry. If this "iTablet" is to be a bigger version of the iPhone, I don't think it's compelling enough, even for the niche market. If it has a similar version of the desktop OS, Apple will have a tough time justifying its price point compared to, say the MacBook Pro. I'll guess, and say that the "iTablet" is something different and a cross between the two... where the applications that are developed for it run like on a desktop machine, and the touch interface is scaled up to handle that kind of interaction. Might even be bundled with its own custom-designed mouse & keyboard for when it isn't being used in a mobile environment. We'll see... I travel on a train to work and back, so I'm looking forward to what they've come up with...

  1. davedawgnyc

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +11

    Apple Closed Ecosystem = GOOD!

    i've been using an iPhone for years now, and I find the closed Apple eco-system just fine. All these people complain about it, but you know what? It means I don't have to fix my girlfriend's, my aunt's or my sister's iPhones because it's so simplified. (I just taught them the two-button reset push and got them going on iTunes) All these hacker-types that whine and want open-source app phones, go buy a Droid and begone! Sorry to break it to you but the millions of iPhone users like me won't miss you.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -9

    Re: No

    It is how things work right.

    So you're going to push for Apple to do this with all their Macs, right? Make all developers sell through the appStore, after getting their apps approved by Apple's crack technical team to make sure no one is using APIs they shouldn't be?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -9

    Re: Apple Closed Ecosystem = GOOD!


    i've been using an iPhone for years now, and I find the closed Apple eco-system just fine. All these people complain about it, but you know what? It means I don't have to fix my girlfriend's, my aunt's or my sister's iPhones because it's so simplified.


    Gee, last I checked, most people say the same thing about their relative's and friends macs as well. They just work. And guess what, they aren't closed to just a select few number of apps! Wow!

    And how often were they calling you to 'fix' their phones before the iPhone?

  1. ebeyer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Worth considering..

    If the OP is right, and we're looking at a ~$700-ish 10" iPod Touch with 3G access, WiFi and no physical keyboard, locked in to the iTMS that's not gonna be enough to make me open my wallet. And I buy a lot of computer stuff.

    If Apple is planning to ship 10M of these guys there simply *has* to be something more compelling to this product than we've been led to believe up to this point. I'm reserving judgment until Steve makes the formal announcement later this month.

    EB

  1. pairof9s

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    Re: Re: Apple Closed Ecosystem = GOOD!

    "And how often were they calling you to 'fix' their phones before the iPhone?"

    ---

    No, but they were asking me how to set up their phone, how to use the phone, how to put contact numbers in, how to then find those numbers as well as anything else...and then how to turn off the web surfing because it was too small to read, too hard to use and cost too much.

    Let's not forget what Apple brought to the table with the iPhone!

    /

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Well said

    ebeyer said: "I'm reserving judgment until Steve makes the formal announcement later this month."

    That's by far the smartest thing I have heard in this whole tablet rumor affair so far.

  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Wait and See

    I'm excited about the iSlab, but not getting all wound up about the myriad rumors swirling around. It's the same scenario as just before the iPhone was announced. The iPhone was promised to defeat gravity, end aging and finally give us warp drive for our skateboards. After the announcement, we had to endure months of naysayer articles and opinions ripping the iPhone apart... BEFORE, of course, anyone actually got their hands on one.

    Remember also, that Apple tends to add features as time goes on releases them ONLY when they actually work (unlike Newton Syndrome). So, what we'll see (or not) on Day One isn't what it'll ultimately be. Evolution is a given with Apple products.

    As for the Android-fanbots (fanbot, I like that!) chatting up the wonders of the Droid phone and it's ilk, the way I see it, they're the same clowns who relentlessly trumpet Linux, especially (pass the barf bag) Ubuntu, as the second, or perhaps third coming of ___________________

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