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An Amalgamation of Predictions and Questions Regarding the Apple Tablet

Thoughtful piece by Shawn Blanc, outlining many aspects of the rumored, upcoming yet nonexistent Apple tablet.

“While Patrick Rhone and John Gruber think the Tablet may be nothing short of the reinvention of personal computing, I’m with John Siracusa, who thinks the software will be so obvious it’s boring. Meaning: it will certainly be awesome, but not as breakthrough as the iPhone was.


Take the new Nexus One as a comparison. The Nexus One has great hardware when compared to the latest iPhone: faster processor, more RAM, gorgeous screen, better camera. For all intents and purposes it should be the best smartphone in the world. But it’s not because it runs second-tier software.

When Steve Jobs announced the iPhone he said he’d been waiting two and a half years for that moment. He also boasted the iPhone OS as being “5 years ahead of any other mobile software.” And after three years so far he’s still right. It’s amazing that even an original, 3-year-old iPhone is still one of the most advanced, powerful, and user-friendly mobile phones available today.”

Whether or not it will as breakthrough as the iPhone was, I’m sure Apple won’t release a “normal” product. Hopefully, we’ll know everything about it in just two weeks from today.

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