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Apple Product Launch - iTablet, iSlate blah blah

Article by: Darren Griffin
Date: 27 Jan 2010

pocketgpsworld.comI make no apologies for raising the topic of Apple's product launch today. Conscious as I am of devoting more of our news and coverage to the Cupertino nemesis, I cannot ignore the hype that has been building ahead of whatever it is that is announced after 6pm GMT today.

If we take a small leap of faith and assume that Apple are indeed going to launch an iPhone OS based tablet device with a 10" or thereabouts screen it would be a reasonable assumption to guess that it will be a connected device and will contain a GPS.

So, with a suitable cradle we could conceivably have this in-car as a large screen navigation system, entertainment hub and web access portal.

If it is any of these things then we may just see some news accompanying the launch of navigation solutions from Apple themselves. They have been hiring GPS experts recently and they are rumoured to be considering a Google divorce.

Time of course will tell but for those of you who are interested, many sites are providing live coverage of the product launch with updates on all the salient points as they are announced.

We will update this thread if it transpires that the product launch is of interest to GPS users!

Posted by PaulB2005 on Wed Jan 27, 2010 5:53 pm Reply with quote

South African Police have already leaked the photos here

Reportedly there are

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Apparently, the Apple tablet is available in red, pink, blue, purple, and grey, while sizes range from 6.08mm to 9.31mm.

Posted by Darren on Wed Jan 27, 2010 6:03 pm Reply with quote

Thank you, now back into your cage and let up your medication a tad Wink

Darren Griffin - Editor

Posted by falkirk81 on Wed Jan 27, 2010 6:24 pm Reply with quote

Been named as 'iPad' by Sj

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Posted by Darren on Wed Jan 27, 2010 6:36 pm Reply with quote

Yes I'm watching Engadget's coverage of the launch here.

Darren Griffin - Editor

Posted by flasher on Wed Jan 27, 2010 7:01 pm Reply with quote

The iPad
iPhone looking device with a 9.7-inch IPC LED screen

1Ghz Apple A4 processor

Full capacitive multitouch screen

Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, but no mention of a SIM-card slot

Comes complete with a compass, accelerometer, speaker and microphone

The iTunes, App Store, Contacts, iPhoto and Calendar applications have been given an iPad friendly aesthetic overhaul

It weighs 1.5lbs and is just 0.5-inches thick

It has a ten-hour battery life, which is boosted to one month in standby mode

It comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB flash memory models

It does not appear to be Flash-ready

It can display newspapers such as the New York Times, brilliantly, showing off a new way to digest newspapers online, while retaining the design integrity of the newspaper

The on-screen QWERTY keyboard is huge and appears very easy to use.

On first appearances, most of the typing is going to be done with the thumbs while holding the device in two hands

The new SDK for the iPad is being released today, but all iPhone apps will run on the iPad

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Posted by mikealder on Wed Jan 27, 2010 9:13 pm Reply with quote

Sounds like an iPOD for those with impared vision, if you need a 9+" sat nav in the car I would get your eyes tested as perhaps you shouldn't be on the road!
Seriously though I wonder what market this is aimed at as its a rather large lump to carry around let alone try and use in a vehicle! But I guess being a new Apple product hundreds of thousands will queue up to purchase it irrespective of the price - Mike

Posted by Darren on Wed Jan 27, 2010 9:26 pm Reply with quote

I really don't get this 'attitude' that some have nor why you would choose to comment if you don't want it?

My GPS comments were made in a tongue in cheek manner ahead of the launch. I have a 42" TV, does that mean my eyesight must be impaired too?

If you don't like it fine, no issue at all with that. A very dull world if we all agreed. But no-one is forcing you to buy one so why take such an anti stance all the time?

Personally I would like a tablet. I can relax on the couch and browse the web/email etc in comfort. Will I buy one? Maybe I will, who knows. Do I 'need' one. No, but why should that stop me wanting one? I don't 'need' a myriad of things that I own but they all do something that I can justify buying them for and that is good enough for me.

Quite why so many feel the need to vent their spleens over Apple I simply fail to understand Confused We 'get' that you don't like it but why resent Apple and those who may think otherwise just because you don't?

Bizarre Laughing

As it transpires, the iPad seems to lack a GPS so it's become OT for this forum anyway.

Darren Griffin - Editor

Posted by DennisN on Wed Jan 27, 2010 9:42 pm Reply with quote

I still can't decide whether I want an iPhone. I had a quick look at the picture of Steve Jobs holding the iPad and it immediately reminded me of Trigger Happy TV Dom Jolly's mobile phone.

(I'm not knocking Apple - I love my MacBook and just wish I could get to use it all the time).


If it tastes good - it's fattening.

Two of them are obesiting!!

Posted by SSR on Wed Jan 27, 2010 10:34 pm Reply with quote

This might be too much of a niche market. After all the hype, I don't see this being a product like the iPod or iPhone in terms of sales.

Posted by PaulB2005 on Wed Jan 27, 2010 10:51 pm Reply with quote

Hmm. Well i wouldn't want one.

Well, when i say "i wouldn't want one" i mean i do want one, i just don't want to want one. I mean, obviously i want one, but the cost... But then it could replace a laptop and my ipod and my phone. No wait, it's not pocket sized. Confused But a GPS that you could lay out like a map and if it could be mounted in the car and be the music player, sat nav, traffic guide, play a film and be a handsfree phone. Wow.

I do want one.

I think.

No. I'd probably just break it....

Damm, Apple. Always making good looking stuff i want. But i'll have the last laugh. Just because they make me want it doesn't mean i'll go out and buy one. I win!

I think.

Think different...

Posted by Mullet on Wed Jan 27, 2010 10:59 pm Reply with quote

SSR Wrote:
This might be too much of a niche market. After all the hype, I don't see this being a product like the iPod or iPhone in terms of sales.

I am sure this will sell iballistic.

But pay me no heed, I predicted the Segway would be the mainstream revolution of personal transport. Rolling Eyes

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