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HP has reportedly chosen Taiwan-based contract manufacturer Inventec to build the seven-inch webOS tablet, which is referred to as the Opal, a subcontractor has told Taiwan Economic News. The device, which serves as a smaller counterpart to the 9.7-inch TouchPad, is said to be ready for production with an estimated launch time-frame aimed for August.
A last-minute series of leaks on Wednesday has given away HP's plans for its special webOS event in an hour. The launch will include both the Topaz tablet, now believed to be but also a sometimes rumored "smallest" ever smartphone, the Veer. Robert Scoble didn't have many details but said it was the smallest he'd "ever seen" and looked like a "large pebble in your hand."
HP today posted a teaser clip (below) for a device it will show at its February 9 event. The video shows little, but it does point to the Topaz tablet as a possibility through its very curved design and what appears to be a rotation lock. A sleep/wake button and a speaker are also caught in the brief glimpse.
HP's new CEO Leo Apotheker said in an interview late Thursday that at least some of the webOS hardware due at the February 9 event will ship quickly. He promised the BBC that these would be real, near-term introductions and that the hardware would be ready 'just a few weeks later.' The company was backing away from the mistakes of premature announcements that it made with devices like the Slate 500, which was unveiled in early January 2010 but didn't ship until October and had lost nearly all attention to the iPad.
HP's Opal and Topaz webOS tablets may have a heavy media leaning based on rumors this evening of its content deals. Its cloud storage is now thought to be used for a media store. Clayton Morris, the source of past claims, understood that it may initially involve a deal with Amazon for its MP3 and VOD services but could switch to a semi-independent service based on
A follow-up leak has given away how webOS will work on HP's Opal and Topaz tablets as well as future touch-only smartphones. The interface on a larger screen will now be split into panels depending on the screen size of the device. A smartphone would only see a single screen, PreCentral found, but larger tablets would see two or three panels, such as a list of messages side-by-side with the message bodies.
HP's Topaz webOS tablet had its detailed if early hardware specifications escape on Monday with evidence of a speed upgrade. The 9.7-inch slate should come with a dual-core, 1.2GHz MSM8660 Snapdragon processor and use the matching, 1080p-capable Adreno 220 graphics. Even with the added speed, PreCentral learned in the leak that the Palm team would be aiming for over eight hours of battery life with two 3,150mAh lithium-ion packs providing power.
More details have popped up for HP's Opal and Topaz tablets that in a leak that shows at least some parallels to the iPad. Both devices will be the only known mainstream tablets outside of the iPad to have 1024x768 screens. Engadget's contacts added that the 9-inch Opal's dimensions will be so close to those of the iPad that it will be just 0.04 inches smaller on average than its Apple counterpart.
Supplier insiders claimed Tuesday night that HP would ship its first webOS tablets in March. The Palm team reportedly finished designing its tablets in 2010 but won't have its contractor, Inventec, ship until March. Digitimes' contacts said the delay gave HP and Palm time to test the software and coordinate the launch.
HP played a rare game with the media Tuesday night and sent out a second pseudo-invitation to its February 9 event that hinted much more was on the way. The brief notice hinted that leaks of the Opal and Topaz tablets were incomplete or outdated and that much more could appear at the special gathering. "Think you saw the latest on Engadget?" it read. "Think again."
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Maps adds transit for Rio Olympics
On Monday, Apple added public transit directions for Rio de Janeiro in Brazil to its Apple Maps program in advance of the 2016 Summer Olympics, which begin on August 5. The addition marks the first time a Brazilian city has gotten the upgraded public transit maps, which include station maps as well as transit schedules and tracking. The transit directions cover ferries as well as bus, subway, and light rail lines. The company has recently expanded transit directions to Montreal in Canada, and Seattle, Portand (Oregon), and other US cities.
Ive opens Met Gala fundraiser in NYC
On Monday, Apple SVP of Design Sir Jonathan Ive opened the press preview of the annual Met Gala fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in New York City. Ive is serving as co-chair with Vogue editor Anna Wintour, and Apple is helping sponsor the event, which is themed "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology." He said the company is "thrilled" to participate in the Gala, and tied the company to the theme by saying that Apple's goal "has always been to try to create objects as beautiful as they are functional," adding that the company is "only starting" on its path of making products "more personal." http://bit.ly/1Y3EHKg
Tim Cook on CNBC Mad Money tonight
Apple CEO Tim Cook will be making an hour-long appearance on CNBC's investment show Mad Money this evening at 6PM ET. Slated for discussion, according to CNBC, are "Apple's future in China, Cook's outlook on innovation, what's next for iPhone, the Apple Watch, growth of Apple services and whether there are any potential acquisitions coming, among others."
Dev hacks Windows 95 onto Apple Watch
A developer has created a YouTube video that shows off a working version of Windows 95 running (very slowly) on an Apple Watch. Creator Nick Lee says that the OS takes about an hour to boot on the Watch because it is running in emulation rather than natively. While the project has no practical value, it does demonstrate how powerful mobile devices are in comparison to computers from the beginning of this century, as well as illustrating how far computing has come in the last 15 years -- long before smartphones, tablets, the cloud, and many more innovations that have come about since. http://bit.ly/1Y3AS85
WhatsApp working on Mac desktop app?
Allegedly-leaked information from a WhatsApp beta enthusiast account on Twitter appears to suggest that the messaging service and app maker may be developing native Mac and Windows versions, allowing users who sign up with the service to text each other all over the world using either Wi-Fi or cellular data. The source of the documents is in question, but it would not be unusual for the service to expand onto Mac and Windows desktops. WhatsApp is currently available for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Nokia, Symbian, and Windows Phone. http://bit.ly/1Ura0zN
Drake's Views an iTunes, Music exclusive
Drake's new album Views (formerly known as Views from the 6) has debuted on iTunes and Apple Music as an exclusive in the first week of its release. The singles Once Dance and Pop Style, however, are available elsewhere in the interim. Securing exclusives from leading artists has been a key strategy that Apple has adopted in trying to attract users to its services. Most notably, Taylor Swift's hugely popular 1989remains unavailable to users of competing services like Spotify or Tidal. http://apple.co/1NLwsSH
TSMC chip sales to Apple jump $2B in 2015
Apple A9 and A9X chip supplier TSMC saw sales to Apple jump $2 billion in 2015. TSMC's fabrication partnership with Apple on the A-series processor helped drive its revenue to $26.4 billion, up six percent over the previous year, although its dependence on Apple's chip orders meant that without its business, TSMC's revenue would have actually declined by two percent. The Taiwan-based chip maker is currently sharing Apple's A9-series chip supplies with Samsung, although is rumored to be gaining all Apple's orders for the next-generation Apple A10 chips. http://bit.ly/24tCE6e