Apple has got to be the worst company when it comes to keeping secrets. The company does manage to keep its new products under wrap most of the time, but every-time Apple decides to work on a new device, we get bombarded by thousands of fake or half-true stories. There have been a lot of rumors going around about Apple iPad. At first, we were told by the experts that we may see it by the end of 2009. Then we were told that we may not see it at all. Apple tablet talks are back again, but this time it’s IDC claiming that Apple tablet will make its debut in 2010:
will be more of an oversized iPod Touch, with an 8-inch or 10-inch screen, than a downsized Macintosh. With its larger screen, IDC says, the Apple tablet will be ideal for watching movies, surfing the Web, playing online games, and reading books, magazines and newspapers.
Apple tablet can pose a serious challenge to Kindle and Nook. It’s not a one trick pony device, and it’s expected to run Apple applications. So its functionality can be enhanced through iPad apps. What the iPad won’t do is kill Kindle. Apple tablet is not going to be a $300 gadget, so price-wise there will be no comparison between the two. iTablet will be much more capable and a nice alternative to netbooks, but how many people are willing to spend $800 or more to get an e-reader. Amazon does need to get its act together and start innovating if it wants to continue being the leader in the e-book market. But it won’t have to worry about the iPad until someone can figure out which of all these rumors are actually true.