Apple Snapping Up 10-Inch Screens for Tablet?
As the anticipated launch date of Apple's tablet device,
tentatively known as the iSlate, draws ever nearer, rumors concerning
components, costs and features continue to pour in-tech blog TG Daily reported
that an employee of a design firm suggested Apple has been hoarding all the
10.1-inch touch screen displays from Asian manufacturers, including pricey
organic light emitting diode (OLED) screens. "We were designing a product
for a customer and we needed 10 inch screens, but we've been trying for months
and can't get one from any of the Asian suppliers," the unnamed source
told the blog. "We were told that Apple pre-ordered them all. All 10 inch LCDs,
and all 10 inch OLEDs too."
The rumor comes at a time when speculation over the tablet
is reaching fever pitch, with technology blogs, analysts and commentators
proposing, and debunking, suppositions and gossip. Apple blogger John Gruber
took the opportunity to add his two cents on Tuesday when he posted a short
piece claiming the tablet would not come equipped with a Web cam. Various media
outlets reported the supposed device would include a Web cam following a
televised interview with St??Â«phane Richard, deputy CEO of France Telecom (which
owns French telecommunications carrier Orange) in which Richard told a
journalist the device would indeed have one. The company later released a
statement claiming the quotes were "taken out of context, then interpreted in
However, Richard is not the first high-profile executive
prone to (alleged) loose lips-- a former Google China executive reportedly
wrote in his blog that Apple expects to sell 10 million tablet PCs in its first
year out. Lee Kai-fu, former president of Google Inc. Greater China, claimed on
his blog that Apple will release the device in January, for less than $1,000
and that it will feature a 10.1-inch multitouch screen. Other recent reports,
including a research note by Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, who said there
is a 75 percent likelihood that Apple will have an event in January and a 50
percent chance that it would be held to launch the Apple Tablet.
Earlier this week, the content from the Web site of gesture recognition technology company FingerWorks, known for its TouchStream multitouch keyboard and for being acquired by Apple in 2005, was removed, leading to speculation that the company's technology will be featured in Apple's rumored tablet device. The development was first noticed by the Apple blog MacRumors, which also noted Fingerworks founder Wayne Westerman authored several multitouch patents applications from Apple.