Why dwell on AT&T’s and Verizon’s supposed support of Apple’s tablet when there are so many other rumors to choose from? With less than a week to go until Apple reveals — or by some stretch of the imagination does not reveal — its tablet device, rumors have predictably hit fever pitch, no longer focusing on the whens and ifs of the tablet, but what it will include and how.
So here’s a handy guide to everything we’ve heard this week. When Steve Jobs gets on stage at a press event on January 27, you can print this out and keep score at home:
AppleInsider reports that the Apple tablet is a 10-inch device that looks a lot like a mock-up by Fotoboer.nl, except more like the iPhone. That means it’ll have a home button, volume rocker, speakers and a 30-pin dock connector, or two according to iLounge. It’ll be thinner than the original iPhone and sport a unibody aluminum shell, say the usual “people familiar with the device.”
3G and GPS are on board, says AppleInsider, and iLounge says the tablet’s wireless radio stripe is long enough to accommodate 802.11n. Richard Doherty, director of consulting firm the Envisioneering Group, believes Apple is targeting multi-core ARM processors for the tablet but may opt for single core in the first generation, but that’s more speculation than rumor. Northeast Securities analyst Ashok Kumar agrees that there won’t be any Intel inside.