Everyone says 2010 will be “the year of the tablet”, but many of you should know that they have been on the market for years. The problem that until today manufacturers did not sit down to think about the product as it should be done, detaching the notebook screen, adding touch sensitivity and saying that there is a tablet.
Windows 7 came with some multi-touch functionality, but that's just the beginning. The software needs to be adapted for use via touch, and this is what Apple would be doing with the iWork suite, according to NYTimes, who had contact with a former Cupertino designer. The project has been underway for more than two years.
It is inevitable to imagine that the work is not for a portable version of iWork for iPhones / iPods touch, but for iSlate. It also shows that Apple is thinking of its tablet as a touch-sensitive portable computer, and not as an advanced handheld, where you can do some things, only to a limited extent.
It remains to be seen whether we will really see a fully renovated iWork Multi-Touch or whether Apple is making minor adjustments to make it easier to use on iTablet. The report indicates that the software would bring complex gestures and use technologies acquired by Apple in 2007, with the purchase of FingerWorks.