Image referenced from TheAgeGrouper.
“The Tablet” is coming. Or so we all think.
This is not some crappy Microsoft concoction, or an indie designers’ take on it. This is the real deal, from the creators of two devices that have had an immediate cultural effect on the world of technology and portable devices.
To Apple, it is never about the device. Instead it is about facets of life: music and applications (the iPod and iPhone defined respectively), and our ability to interact with those facets. Interaction is Apple’s specialty. User experience, execution, attention to detail – this is the “name of the game” for Apple.
On Wednesday, January 27, 2010, Apple will presumably announce another product – most industry experts point to a tablet computer, which is a touch-screen device larger than a smartphone, but no bigger than an average laptop.
The key is no physical keyboard. You interact solely through the touchscreen, just like you would on an iPhone.
This… is about all anyone knows should be true. The rest is up in the air. No one knows how it will look, act, or if it will even exist. But that hasn’t left many from speculating how it will be designed, and anticipating the upcoming announcement.
Me? I’m rather practical. I don’t consider myself an “Apple fanboy.” I won’t buy a new device unless I need it. And I most certainly won’t wait in line to get one.
Considering the product might not ship until months after it is announced, and after I allow for some “cooling down” time (where crowds are less, and supplies replenished), I’m not looking at actually owning one of these new tablets for at least four to six months.
The event on the 27th is solely to get the word out, and build up awe and inspiration through advertisements – as everyone waits until the release date.
But am I excited? You bet. My money’s on the tablet.