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Apple tablet to have multi-touch iWork, many gestures?

updated 03:10 am EST, Sat January 9, 2010

Apple tablet may have own office suite

Apple may intend for its rumored tablet to have more serious productivity value and control schemes if a late rumor is true. A previous Apple designer claims that his one-time employer has been developing a multi-touch version of iWork for the past two years. He doesn't indicate to the New York Times whether it's explicitly for a handheld device or just for Macs that have multi-touch trackpads or future ones with touchscreens.

Multiple other previous developers also believe that the frequently speculated tablet may have a "somewhat complex" gesture system compared to the iPhone or regular Mac OS X. A three-finger downward swipe followed by a rotation could be an example, though it's made clear such gestures may not be the same by the finished release.

Both steps taken reflect a possible change in the rumored focus of the screens, as most previous rumors have pointed only to media playback and e-books as the keystones. Apple may need such features regardless as it will soon face a series of tablets that use full desktop operating systems like Android or Windows, such as the HP slate.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. spyintheskyuk

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Nov 2009

    +8

    Now this IS news

    A full desktop operating system like 'Android'. Really and since when did it make that advance?

  1. bredlo

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    Joined: Nov 1999

    0

    stones

    That ex-employee has got some stones - I wouldn't talk to a newspaper about what Apple was doing when I was there. Those lawyers have got teeth, man.

  1. Inkling

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Jul 2006

    +1

    The 10% Possibility

    The possibility of iWork on the iSlate brings up what I call the "10% possibility." What if the iSlate isn't what the rumors have been suggesting, an overgrown iPhone. What if it's a device that can run OS X software with no more than some tweaks to handle the touch interface and a recompile. That'd be a totally different ballgame, particularly if it can also run iPhone software in a window.

    Like the '10% possibility' suggests, the chances that Apple is making a leap this great are small, but they're not insignificant. After all, the rumored 10-inch screen is a bit big if all it's going to do is what an iPhone already does.

  1. TheSnarkmeister

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    Joined: Jun 2007

    +2

    Lack of credibility

    Referencing Android as a full desktop operating system discredits both the writer and those employing him.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

    -1

    Re: The 10%

    Like the '10% possibility' suggests, the chances that Apple is making a leap this great are small, but they're not insignificant. After all, the rumored 10-inch screen is a bit big if all it's going to do is what an iPhone already does.

    It isn't that great a leap. All the Window tablets are, in essence, a 'real' OS with some touchscreen capabilities added in. For a lot of people, an Apple tablet that's nothing but a glorified Touch isn't a big deal. An actual tablet Mac would be of more usefulness.

    However, considering how Apple (and most people here) are in love with the appStore and protecting users from some undefined threat that we need protection from, I seriously doubt Apple would make this an actual Mac tablet.

    That'd be a totally different ballgame, particularly if it can also run iPhone software in a window.

    Why would anyone want to run iPhone software, let alone "in a window"?

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