Apple seems to be finally ready to announce its long-rumored Apple tablet. In an invitation to the media, Apple invited top media outlets to “come see [its] latest creation.” That essentially indicates that we are going to finally get a glimpse of what Apple tablet is all about very soon. CES 2010 gave us many innovative e-book readers, but you can be sure that all eyes will be on Apple and its latest creation to see how the company approaches the e-book industry. Steve Jobs is known for not having anything nice to say about devices such as Kindle. Nevertheless, it’d be tough to imagine Apple taking a pass on the e-book industry.
From the look of the invitation, it seems the device could have many innovative features. You can even argue that all the blobs and colors used in the poster may stand for Apple designing a product that suits creative people. Of course, I may be reading too much into that. Apple is clearly expected to show-case all the “cool” things that its tablet is capable of, so I am sure the focus of this event won’t be on e-books. But I wouldn’t be surprised if Apple gives the topic a mention.
Will Apple tablet be the Kindle killer many have been talking about for months? I wouldn’t count on it just yet. I am sure the device will be shiny and many will go out of their way to get their hands on one. However, Apple is not going to make a device that is good at only one thing. Besides, e-book readers of today all come with long battery life which is something I don’t expect this device to have. Add to that the fact that we have not heard too much about Apple getting into the e-book business, and we may be a while away before Apple tablet can compete with other e-book readers in the content department. The device won’t be cheap either. Not a good sign if you are an e-book fan.
Your take: is Apple tablet the real Kindle killer?