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Orange tries to downplay Apple tablet claims

updated 03:15 pm EST, Mon January 11, 2010

Carrier claims tablet slip "out of context"

Orange has quickly tried to backtrack from its deputy chief Stéphane Richard's apparent acknowledgment of an Apple tablet earlier today. An official statement asserts that the statement was taken out of context and that Richard's apparent support "in no way reflect[s]" a confirmation of the hardware. The French carrier insists its executive was simply confirming awareness of the rumors and expressing a desire for it should it become real.

The validity of Orange's denial is unclear. Richard's "yes" responses are ambiguous, but the executive goes beyond the commonly-quoted section to enthuse about the usefulness of the webcam for video chats, speaking as though he knows the product rather than simply speculating.

France Telecom, Orange's parent, has been one of the most enthusiastic adoptees of the iPhone and was eager enough for chief Didier Lombard to confirm a deal in 2007 weeks before either Apple or Orange was ready for an unveiling.

Most rumors surrounding the as-yet unconfirmed tablet have it launched at a press event in late January, most likely the 27th, and would line up with the original Le Point rumor that triggered Richard's comments.

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  1. ricardogf

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    Oh yeah

    I love these "taken out of context" excuses...they are the best. This was simply a planted leak to increase the hype, followed by "official" backpedalling that would, in the end, give credence to rumors via a suspension of our own disbelief...the tablet is here; just wait 2 more weeks.

  1. iphonerulez

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    If that's the case, then I hope the tablet

    really does have two cameras. I remembered when the iPhone 3GS was rumored to have two cameras and was rather disappointing for those that expected it. Maybe this dude has actually seen the specs or the actual product. Then again, maybe he's just senile.

  1. bjojade

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    Accidental leak.

    Either this was a planned link, or he's going to learn the wrath of Apple.

  1. bleee

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    b|tch slapped by Jobs

    Jobs probably back handed this guy over iChat when he heard the news :-P

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

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    French carrier Orange noted that since the remarks were in French, they did not therefore carry any real meaning, since all meaning is encapsulated in English.

  1. testudo

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    Re: Oh yeah

    This was NOT a planted leak. There's no reason at all for any exec to go on the record to 'plant' a leak. h***, if Apple wanted another leak, Steve could just assume his alter-ego, testudo, and submit his 'inside scoop' to MacNN or MacRumors, and let the talking fly!

    Having an idiot CEO 'leak' something just makes everyone look stupid.

  1. dpicardi

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    How many times does this have to happen before people get a clue. DO NOT TALK about non-existant Apple products if you want to sell them or have parts you manufacture in them.

  1. climacs

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    The first rule of Apple's new products is...


  1. Loren

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    And the second rule is...


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