Apple's tablet may be taking aim at the Kindle and other e-readers. Book publishers are talking with Apple about being part of the pre-Christmas launch of a portable tablet-sized computer designed to boost sales of music and movies, according to the Financial Times.
The device could become the latest revolutionary product from Apple, whose design and interface genius has changed forever the desktop, cell phones and digital music. FT said the tablet is likely to be launched with new content deals, including some aimed at stimulating sales of CD-length music. The touch-sensitive computer will have a screen that may be up to 10 inches diagonally. It will connect to the internet like the iPod Touch – probably without phone capability but with access to the web, and to Apple's online stores for software and entertainment.
According to the FT, the device could also provide an alternative to Amazon's Kindle, Sony's Reader and a forthcoming device from Plastic Logic, recently allied with Barnes & Noble. "It would be a colour, flat-panel TV to the old-fashioned, black and white TV of the Kindle," one publishing executive said
Incredible that the Kindle, which seems like a newborn (at least in version two), is already being compared to B&W TV. Talk about light-speed innovation.