On top of the list of specs and wild sales prediction, Lee also says "Steve Jobs will be introducing this product in January," which somewhat supports Fox News' insider claim (as relayed by a "source") that the January 26th event "will focus on the mobility space." Our pal Clayton Morris doesn't have much other info, but it all certainly lines up with rumors we've been hearing for the last few weeks.
Finally, remember the roundabout process that Apple seemingly went through in order to secure the "iSlate" trademark? Well, it seems that it worked well enough that the company decided to go through the whole rigmarole again for another name: "iGuide." That moniker was dug up by the folks at Mac Rumors, who once again discovered a little Delaware-based company, iGuide Media, LLC, that has no other trademarks and some pretty strong links to Apple -- namely, signatures from Apple Senior Trademark Specialist Regina Porter, and paperwork done by the same lawyer that handled the trademark for the iPhone. Interestingly, the name "iGuide" seems to cover more than just a device, with the trademark filing describing "computer hardware and computer software" that can be used for a whole host of media-related tasks (including gaming) -- it even goes so far as to describe "downloadable electronic publications" including books and magazines, which would at least line up with some earlier rumors. Also a possibility: Apple likes to have a lot of names. As usual, don't place any bets on the current round of chatter -- if we want to know for sure, we may just have to wait until Jobs does that "one more thing" thing.
Additional reporting by Don Melanson
Update: Kai-fu Lee has apparently emailed Bloomberg News claiming that he has "never discussed Apple's tablet products with anyone at Foxconn, or anyone at Apple." Well, it's not like he can say he did, right?
- Key specs
- Form factor Tablet
- Operating system iOS (5)
- Screen size 9.7 inches
- Storage type Internal storage (16 GB, Flash)
- Maximum battery life Up to 10 hours
- Dimensions 9.56 x 7.47 x 0.5 in
- Weight 1.5 lb
- Discontinued 2011-03