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McGraw-Hill 'confirms' Apple tablet using iPhone OS

updated 05:55 pm EST, Tue January 26, 2010

Publisher may have spoiled Apple plans

Publisher McGraw-Hill may have inadvertently spoiled Apple's event plans today in an interview (shown below) with CNBC. CEO Terry McGraw told the TV network that the company has worked with Apple for "quite awhile" on making content for the tablet and that "95 percent" of its e-books will be available. It should run a variant of the iPhone OS and will therefore let users transfer content between platforms.

While he stopped short of describing the tablet itself, McGraw complimented Apple for its work and said it would be "really terrific."

Executives have been known to occasionally overstate their connections to Apple in such slips, but the talk is likely to have confirmed virtually all the major rumors circulating around tomorrow's Apple gathering, including an emphasis on education as well as talks with news outlets to bring magazines, newspapers and other content to iTunes. Many still anticipate the tablet having a media-heavy focus and support for iPhone apps.














By Electronista Staff
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  1. iphonerulez

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    +2

    OMG! Somebody pass me a paper bag...

    I'm starting to hyper-ventilate over this extraordinary bit of news. I guess in a couple of hours from now Mr. McGraw is going to have to deny everything he said regarding the Apple tablet so he doesn't ruin the surprise for the rest of the computer and publishing industry.

  1. slapppy

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    +2

    CEO

    How did he get to be a CEO? Amateurish mistake.

  1. abnyc

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    +3

    wow ...

    this guy is completely and totally inept

  1. Feathers

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    Joined: Oct 1999

    +1

    Shun Him!

    Get your equipment at flamingtorchesandpitchforks.com because his royal Steveness has altered his working relationship with people over a lot less.

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  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

    -23

    Re: CEO

    Amateurish? How is this amateurish? Just because Apple likes to 'surprise' everyone (yeah, big surprise Apple, no one knew a tablet was coming!), doesn't mean everyone has to.

    And you're making the assumption his Steve-ness didn't OK this.

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  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

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    Re: Shun him

    because his royal Steveness has altered his working relationship with people over a lot less.

    And there's a reason this guy can do this. Because there's no way Steve's going to act the petulant child and say "Oh, McGraw-Hill, no, we're no longer dealing with them". That's NOT the way to run a business.

  1. Fonejacker

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    +1

    New book

    is there a book called Spill the beans too early for Dummies???? by this guy. If I was Stevie, I would send in the lawyers, then three heavies, to explain the concept, dont' talk about Apple products. What floor is this guys office on? Can he fly??? I would be a bit disappointed if it was just iPhone OS, but I don't think it will be, I very much doubt Stevie would have shown too much about it to these guys beforehand. No more McGraw-Hill books then on iTunes, for a while at least. Big oops. He seems to talk rubbish, when answering the questions. I wouldn't want him as a CEO of any of my company investments. He seems out of touch, does he know or use computers? I suppose his tie says it all.

  1. Bobfozz

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    Spoiling it...

    Why would Steve sanction something like this the evening before it's release Testudo? There is no good reason since everyone will be tuned it.

    I can however remember times when people were 100% sure of product introductions at MacWorld by Apple which never happened.

    In this case the moron and his grin says it all... he blew it. Sure, Apple won't turn McGraw-Hill down just like it puts up with all those blabbermouths in the Far Eastern companies which service Apple... but this guy could ruin anyone's birthday surprise.

    He couldn't contain himself. Not very professional. Steve can, that's why this is not an intentional leak.

  1. coffeetime

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Nov 2006

    +12

    Set up

    This is all the fake setup planned by Steve Jobs. Watch, tomorrow Steve is going to say "Ha ha ha. Got you! Introducing... The new Apple Creative Suite (eat s**t Adobe) on a headless new iMac for those who can't afford MacPro. And one more thing... Apple iChecking (die Quicken!).

  1. NeXTLoop

    Senior User

    Joined: Aug 2002

    +5

    This was amateurish...

    ... if Jobs/Apple didn't approve this "leak". It is entirely within Apple's right to maintain as much, or as little, secrecy as they want about THEIR products. That means that any company who is working with Apple on this, and was given access to Apple's plans, has a responsibility to make every reasonable effort to maintain Apple's desired level of secrecy.

    More than likely, this CEO had to sign an NDA stating as much. Which means that, as the article points out, this is either an Apple sponsored "leak"... or this guy is a total amateur at dealing with partner companies.

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