So, I’ve been following the coverage of the infamous Apple tablet since, well, before the iPhone if we’re being completely honest, but there was something about the beginning of this wave that made me believe there was an actual product in the works.
Anyway, after numerous discussions, and tons of speculation, I decided that I’d put my money where my mouth is and put into writing, for all the web to see, my official predictions for the forthcoming Apple Tablet. (A quick disclosure note, other than the first point, a lot of these ideas are not purely my own, but rather my predictions are a collection of ideas presented to me by multiple people and multiple blogs. Engadget and TUAW especially.)
Update after event: Well, that was interesting. Anyway, the things in green are things I was right about and the things in red are the things I was wrong about, and orange is almost.
Here they are, in no particular order:
- It’s really NOT going to be called the iSlate. I have a couple of reasons for saying this, the first of which is that “iSlate” sounds dumb. Really, it does. Plus, and no doubt more importantly, the last iDevice was the iPhone, which was introduced three years ago. Between the Touch, the Air, and the (apple)TV, I think it’s pretty safe to say that iNaming has died. (Well, so, iNaming didn’t die, but at least iSlate didn’t happen…)
- It’s going to have a 10″ screen. One of the earliest and most recurring rumors was a 10-11″ screen. Plus, someone brought it to my attention that the Kindle has a 9.7″ screen. Case closed.
- It’s going to cost $999/699. (Wifi+3G Prices: $629/729/829) As soon as I knew that the screen was going to be 10″ I felt that it should sell for $750. I think at that price point it could sell like hotcakes. I felt (and still feel) that for that it could beat the iPhone’s numbers in a heartbeat. However, I had all but let that idea go when lo and behold on TUAW I read this, “I wouldn’t be surprised to see…a $699 deal for anyone who signs up for a two year data plan at, say, $39.99/month.” Bingo
- It’s going to have a brushed aluminum casing. Just like the Macbook Air. Nothing more interesting to say. Oh, except I also think it might have a little drop-down usb/power/microdvi shelf like the Air too.
- It’s going to have a tactile, multi-touch keyboard. Like this. It’s pretty clear something needed to be made above and beyond virtual keyboards like those found on the iPhone, Droid, etc. to be used in a more intensive environment, and the above patent seems right up that alley.
- It’s going to have data roaming capabilities. Wi-Fi ain’t gonna cut it. Yes, it will also have Wi-Fi, but it’s going to need to do more.
So, those are the major predictions. The type I’d be willing to bet large amounts on, the one’s I’d agree to eat hats/other accessories if I were found to be wrong. These next few are strong hunches that I think will pan out:
- It’s going to run a modified iPhone 4.0 interface. More than a few people have made strong cases that for what the Tablet is going to be asked to do, it’s going to require something with substantially more oomph than the iPhone’s got. So, while there might be some similarities, I think the Tablet will be clearly be running iPhone 4.0+
- It’s going to be on Verizon too. The Verizon iPhone (or ViPhone) is almost guaranteed to be just around the corner, and so it might be worth it to Apple to get a head-start on making friends. Plus more than one analyst predicts a Qualcomm chip in the tablet, and Q-comm is synonymous with CDMA(And CDMA=Verizon..also Sprint, but Big Red seems more likely).
- We’re going to figure out what the Lala and Quattro acquisitions were all about. I think there’s going to be some cloud-related-stuff launched or previewed. Oh, and iLife might make its way to the cloud too.
That’s it. Those are my predictions. Now that I’ve got that off my mind, I can simply relax and wait for Wednesday.
Feel free to leave a comment with what you think about my predictions. I’ve put considerable thought into them and am pretty sure I’m right, but there’s a good chance one of you is smarter than me and I’d love to hear a compelling argument against anything I’ve said. Or, congratulations are always welcome too :p
(Final Tally: 5.5/9 aka 61% overall, and 4.5/6 aka 75% for major predictions. Which, in my opinion, isn’t too shabby)