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.