It’s nice that the Apple Tablet – we’re calling it the Tapplet – rumors are circulating. August is a horrible time for tech. There’s not much out there right now, just a few headsets and some early back-to-school stuff. The retail refresh hasn’t hit – that comes in about October – and the Interwebs are quiet. It’s great to have a little bit of frisson in our lives, something to put on our Christmas lists.
With that we present today’s Tapplet rumors. First, we have rumor of a September 7 event at Apple HQ for music devices. UPDATE – Gruber has confirmed they will be 16/32/64GB models for $199/299/399. Gruber is rarely wrong. This is Apple’s traditional time for releasing new music gear. It’s just before back-to-school and it gives them a little time to get stuff into the retail space by October, just when kids are starting to break the iPods they got last year. So what could it be? Could it be a new iPod? iPods with cameras? Or it might be…
The Tapplet! See, Gizmodo’s Brian Lam got a call while he was driving. He suddenly had to pull over. The caller was talking about the Tapplet! “You see,” said the caller, “There is a tablet.” The caller was sitting in on talks about the tablet, and he even knows the code name. And Blam won’t tell us the code name. Blam is a tablet tease.
So that’s that. Apparently the Tapplet will look like a big iPod and act is sort of an MID device between the Macbook and the iPhone. I wouldn’t think it’s like Palm’s Foleo but more like a more powerful iPhone.
“The device, which I’ve held mock ups of, is going to have a 10 inch screen, and when I saw it looked just like a giant iPhone, with a black back– although that design could change at any time.”
There will be two models – one for schools (EBOOKS OMG EBOOKS) – and will cost $800. And it will be available for the holidays.