updated 07:55 am EST, Mon January 11, 2010
French official may have spoiled Apple plans
An Orange France executive may have revealed Apple's plans for a tablet in a radio interview by Jean-Pierre Elkabbach Monday morning (listenable below). Stéphane Richard of the cellular carrier appeared to confirm rumors brought up by the weekly magazine Le Point that have Apple releasing a tablet with a webcam in "a few days." He also implied that Orange will provide 3G for the device, though he didn't say whether there would be subsidies in exchange for a contract.
A translation follows:
Elkabbach: According to Le Point... the weekly magazine Le Point, in a few days your partner Apple will launch a tablet.
Elkabbach: Equipped with a webcam.
Elkabbach: Will Orange users also benefit?
Richard: For sure!
While it's unlikely that the comments will be confirmed by either Apple or Orange, they at least imply that any tablet-class device from the American company will support HSPA for 3G. Rumors have persisted of a Verizon model with EVDO, but the radio conversation would likely rule out any exclusive and give AT&T a version of its own.
Video chatting has also periodically surfaced in rumors but hasn't usually gained prominence. Most have so far only claimed a touchscreen between 7 and 10 inches across, Wi-Fi, and a significantly newer interface.
L'interview politique de Jean-Pierre Elkabbach
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