updated 08:25 am EDT, Mon October 26, 2009
Apple slate seen as impending
Apple's plans to launch a tablet in coming months may have gained credence today through a pair of possible leaks. New York Times executive editor Bill Keller in a speech at Harvard's Nieman Journalism Lab last week included the "impending Apple slate" as one of the platforms he hopes to have carry the newspaper's content, alongside desktop, mobile web and iPhone apps. It's unclear if Keller has advance knowledge or is just acting on rumors, although it's been claimed that Apple is negotiating with publishers for content delivery through iTunes in advance of a tablet.
Separately, China Ontrade claims to have a SIM tray for the Apple tablet and has gone so far as to provide a comparison between this and the existing iPhone 3G/3GS tray to illustrate their differences. The mystery tray is thicker, with a more pronounced curve and a different mechanism.
While unconfirmed, the part is believed to have shipped directly from large-scale Chinese assembler Foxconn, which just recently was named as the manufacturer for the tablet. In this view, shipments would start in early 2010.
The SIM if real would confirm the presence of AT&T and possibly T-Mobile 3G for the future tablet design, which could have a multi-touch screen about 10 inches large and which may use an upscaled version of iPhone OS.