Richi Jennings is your humble blogwatcher, who selected these bloggy morsels for your enjoyment.
Kasper Jade breathlessly claims an "exclusive":
After four years of meticulous developmental riddled with setbacks, Apple is now racing toward an early 2010 launch of a device that may see the electronics maker redefine the portable computing market for the second time in twice as many years. It seems like a long time coming. ... It's believed the device had been slowly evolving as an R&D project for at least a year prior.
Under the critical eye of Jobs ... there can be no fault -- no matter how slight -- or it's back to the drawing board. ... The project was reset at least a half-dozen times over the past 24 months. Each time, development was frozen and key aspects of the device rethought, retooled and repositioned. At times, those close to the Apple co-founder had their doubts that it would ever see the light of day. MORE
Jeff Bertolucci counts the pennies:
If Apple doesn't introduce a tablet computer soon, we'll all be sorely disappointed. With all the ongoing speculation about the alleged iPod-on-steroids, I feel like the device is already here.
So what do we know about the tablet? Reports say it's an iPod-like device with a 10-inch screen, a handheld slate that's large enough for HD movies, video gaming, and Web browsing without all the window-resizing and screen-tapping calisthenics that smartphone users endure. ... 3G ... seems logical. And since we're speculating here, I'd like to request Wi-fi, Bluetooth, and GPS as well. MORE
Paul Boutin considers the competition : [Nice alliteration -Ed.]
The news turns up the heat on a standalone product, the CrunchPad, being developed by TechCrunch founder Mike Arrington through a 14-person company in Singapore. Arrington has said that the CrunchPad now consumes 75 percent of his time.
He’s proven deft at beating other journalists at getting a story out. Can he beat Apple to a product launch? This will be fun to watch. MORE
Luigi Lugmayr likes lemons : [Wait, what? -Ed.]
The new Apple Tablet is supposed to be an Entertainment Device not an general purpose netbook. ... A tablet computer is a niche product, but if Apple can actually offer an experience that is unique, then the Apple Tablet could become a must have gadget.
Thinking about playing music and a Tablet PC that offers interactive media associated with the music I imagine that the Tablet would have a way to connect to a home stereo system wirelessly to listen to the music. You would loll on your sofa listen to the music and explore the album content on your shiny Apple Tablet - I like this idea and if Apple can get the price down to around $500 there is yet another "Apple Must Have Product" born. MORE
John Martellaro looks for a hidden dimension :
Think of it as Apple TV Take 3. ... The era of free TV on the Internet is coming to a close. That creates business opportunities. ... Apple, with the Apple TV, is bound by its desire to sell its own bundled solution, Mac OS X + Apple TV hardware. However that entails selling the customer a living room box, always a hard sell compared to streaming built-in to, say, a Blu-ray player -- and yet another wired connection to the HDTV.
Appointment television and the leash to a living room TV, owned by the parents, is giving way to a mobile viewing generation that wants to watch content whenever. ... Not only would it be a great game machine, ebook reader and display for medical professionals, but it also neatly solves the problem of competing with Netflix in a very Apple, focused way. MORE
But Rik Myslewski has had enough of the rumormongerizationing :
The intertubes were clogged today with fervid buzz and florid scuttlebutt about the impending arrival of every fanboi's object of unrequited technolust: the long-rumored but eternally-elusive Apple tablet/netbook/media-pad/ebook/whatever.
The source of their certainty? "People well-respected...for their striking accuracy in Apple's internal affairs." ... We'll hope that those well-respected folks aren't the same ones who have been prophesying the imminent arrival of the aforementioned t/n/m/e/w on a rhythmically regular basis since 2002. MORE
This story, "Apple's 10-Inch iPhone for Couch Potatoes" was originally published by Computerworld.