The "new product in the pipeline" Apple hinted at during yesterday's quarterly sales call? Mac Daily News dusts off the standby rumor of an Apple Tablet and props it up with the words of a "reliable tipster."
Think MacBook screen, possibly a bit smaller, in glass with iPhone-like, but fuller-featured Multi-Touch. Gesture library. Full Mac OS X. This is why they bought P.A. Semi. Possibly with Immersion's haptic tech. Slot-loading SuperDrive. Accelerometer. GPS. Pretty expensive to produce initially, but sold at "low" price that will reduce margins. Apple wants to move these babies. And move they will. This is some sick shit. App Store-compatible, able to run Mac apps, too. By October at the latest.
I'd love for this to be true, but I'm banking on balderdash. I see a convertible tablet MacBook or MBP coming before a tablet-sized iPhone. Perhaps we'll get both: convertible MacBooks for the higher-end crowd, priced-to-sell MacBook Touches with built-in 3G subsidized by phone companies and priced-to-sell, stealing all the thunder from the cheap web tablet Arrington is going to build out of the wishful thinking of his marketroids and magic-infused unobtanium.
Rumor: Apple's secret product is MacBook touch [Mac Daily News]