Rumored 7″ iPad Looks Like iPhone 4

Remember those rumors prior to the launch of the original iPad? People who claimed to be in the know claimed the close resemblance between the iPhone and the iPad. The Ex-President of Google China, Kaifu Lee went on to call the iPad a “big iPhone“.

Looks like those days are back again. From China, incidentally. According to reports on the Shanzai.com, the rumored upcoming 7″ iPad is actually a finished product and there are reportedly five different prototype designs that are in circulation. The sources claim that the mini iPad is closer in look to the iPhone 4 than the original iPad and that it will also include iPhone 4 features like a front and rear facing camera.

I would personally not give much credence to these rumors at the moment. Anyway, rumors are interesting and we will look forward to getting more confirmation on this.

Google Tablet : Does This Look Better Than The iPad?

Till late last year, the tablet was just a concept – a futuristic device that had been in the making for more than a decade. But in just a span of few months, things have changed. Not only did Apple demo the iPad, but there are also rumors that Google is now looking to launch their own tablet device.

Last week we had written about the likelihood of the Chrome OS supporting touch based technology. Now there are more indications of the Chrome OS being used in an iPad-like Tablet.

Concept video and pictures posted on the Chromium developers website (The Chrome open source project) give us an indication of what the Google tablet could look like. Check it out below

TechCrunch offers more insights about the device. According to their sources, there is more than one Chrome OS based tablet in the making. However, like with the Nexus One, only one of the tablet will be officially declared a Google Tablet while the rest will run on the Chrome OS and be branded with the respective manufacturers’ logo.

With a lot of these devices expected to be out by the end of the year, do you see the laptop market in danger? What are your thoughts on this?

[via Chrome Dev, TechCrunch]

Apple Working On Second Tablet Device

The iPad is touted as a bigger version of the iPhone. Now it looks like a smaller version of the Mac could also be in the works. TechCrunch reports second hand sources as revealing that Apple could possibly be working on a second tablet device which, unlike the iPad, would tend to serve as a laptop substitute.

While not much information is available regarding this device, it is speculated that this new tablet will have a much bigger screen; around 15.4″ and could run on Mac OS X. TechCrunch further writes in that the device is likely to be demoed during the WWDC event in June of this year and could be launched before the end of the year.

We still have our doubts regarding this – Primarily, Apple is a kind of company that would like to get more things under the company’s control. With a Mac OS X powered tablet, the company could be losing out on vital revenues that the company could otherwise be making from app sales. However, this could also be a contingency device that could be launched if any of Apple’s competitors launch rival tablets that are much more open compared to the iPad and hence rake in market share.

What are your thoughts on this?

iPhone OS To Be Renamed iOS?

The iPhone OS is Apple’s Operating system that drives not just the iPhone, but also iPod touch. Now with Apple Tablet on the verge of being unveiled, yet another device running the iPhone OS is on the cards.

Apparently, among the several announcements scheduled for the media event that is to happen in a few hours from now is one that the iPhone OS could be renamed as iOS to better reflect the diversity of devices running the software.

We have absolutely no info on the veracity of these claims. Folks at MacDailyNews are pointing to a video grab that points towards this, but then, with so many rumors and speculations surrounding the event, it is pretty possible that this one too is fake. Watch the video and let us know what you think.

[via MacDailyNews]

Apple Tablet To Run iPhone OS 3.2?

In the past two months, we must have heard a gazillion rumors and speculations about the upcoming Apple Tablet. One of the more ‘confirmed’ among these was that the Tablet could be running on the iPhone OS 4.0 which was also expected to be part of the announcement scheduled for Wednesday.

It now appears that the Tablet might not come with the 4.0 operating system after all. Flurry, the mobile analytics company has recently revealed that their system was able to track app usage from around 50 devices that had all the characteristics of the upcoming Apple Tablet. All this usage which was tracked from Apple’s Cupertino office pointed to the use of iPhone OS 3.2 and not 4.0 as earlier thought.

What could this mean? Well, for starters, this means that there could possibly mean that the Tablet’s operating system would not be too different from the iPhone’s; which also means that the Tablet will not be a direct substitute for the Mac since unlike Mac OS X, the iPhone’s current operating system does not let you use any application of your choice.

However, the OS being a 3.2 version, it could possibly mean that all the 130K+ applications available for download on the App Store will be seamlessly accessible from the Tablet, which is still a great news.

What do you make of this?

[Flurry via VentureBeat]

A Dual Version Apple Tablet In The Making?

According to sources Fox News spoke to from AT&T and Verizon, both companies have indicated that they are in talks with Apple over an Apple Tablet deal. This has given rise to speculations over whether we could see Apple Tablet coming in two versions – one working over the CDMA network and the other on GSM.

This is significant because earlier rumors pointed out that Qualcomm was unable to produce hybrid chips that could have brought both CDMA and GSM to a single device. With a hybrid device out of the equation now, a dual version appears to be very likely.

However, do not expect this partnership to be announced on the D-Day next week. Sources have also indicated that the agreements between Apple and the carriers is yet to be finalized; which means we might not be hearing the price of subsidized Tablets until later.

[via Fox News]