iTablet Rumors Get TechCrunch'ed!

Mac Touch Concept Rendering

Not had your fill yet with iPhone nano and iPhone Pro "sliders"? Want even more form-factor furor to fuel your pre-Macworld fires? TechCrunch and the iTablet to the rescue!

We’ve got this from three independent sources close to Apple: expect a large screen iPod touch device to be released in the Fall of ‘09, with a 7 or 9 inch screen. Prototypes have been seen and handled by one of our sources, and Apple is talking to OEMs in Asia now about mass production.

Of course, we all know the story about the iPhone originating as a tablet device code-named Safari Pad, as well as Steve Jobs' statement that he's just as proud of the devices Apple hasn't released as the ones they have.

So, while we have no doubt that Apple already has working iTablets deep beneath the vaults of Cupertino, given the shape of the tablet market, which outside Bill Gates has yet to take off, who knows if they'll ever surface as a production device?

Uptake on the iPhone/App Store platform and popularity of the "netbook" class ultra-mini laptops may make some feel it's more likely now than ever, but with Apple you only ever really know for sure when Steve Jobs (er... or Phil Schiller) hold it up on stage.

Still, the graphic designer would love one of these babies. How about you?

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Rene Ritchie

EiC of iMore, EP of Mobile Nations, Apple analyst, co-host of Debug, Iterate, Vector, Review, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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iTablet Rumors Get TechCrunch'ed!


Well, I'm a graphic designer... but if this is just a "large screen iPod touch," and I can't run Adobe Creative Suite on it, then what would I do with it?

I'd use something that size around the house to surf, read ebooks, etc if it were cheap enough, ie $300-$500. If its much more than that, forget about it.

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I've never post comment before but I really love the idea of making a large touchscreen dock for iphone to sit inside and you can access full function of the iphone through the large touch screen that would be really cool.

I am getting so excited about this idea if they really make it as a product you can use it as portable video player with large screen of course, digital photo frame, portable internet oh and if they can make game external game controller to plug in to the large touchscreen that is perfect so on and so on ......I will be the first on to buy it, sorry I am just over with this idea dont mad at me for leaving long comments :-)

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