NYTimes.com: Apple would have built iTablet prototype since 2003, with PowerPC chip

NYTimes: Apple would have built iTablet prototype since 2003, with PowerPC chip

Many people criticize Apple's delay in launching its tablet. In fact, it would be quite simple to pick up a MacBook, take out your keyboard, make your screen touch sensitive and install a functional virtual keyboard. Well, that Axiotron already does very well with its Modbooks, and if it were as simple as that, the market would already be pumping around, which is evidently not true. How many of you have at least seen and / or played with a tablet?

Even so, Steve Jobs knows the potential of this market and is certainly waiting for the right moment to enter it. With the success of the iPhone / iPod touch (mini-tablets, so to speak), the thing must have heated up even more in Cupertino, but former company employees told the NYTimes that iTablets prototypes have been circulating in Apple HQ since 2003, when the company still used IBM's PowerPC chips.

Apple Newton

Apple itself already has long-standing experience with products of this type, having innovated in the PDA segment with the launch of the Newton MessagePad in 1993. Since then, technologies have evolved a lot, but until some time ago Steve Jobs still didn't see much utility for a sine-type product to facilitate web browsing in the bathroom.

In 2003, other factors prevented the launch of an Apple Tablet: the PowerPC chips consumed a lot of battery, the graphic performance of these gadgets was still not satisfactory and the cost of the components alone was at least US $ 500, which would make the product very expensive. .

A former Apple executive says the company will launch the long-awaited tablet by 2010, but it remains to be seen what the design + functionality solution found by Steve Jobs and his engineers is, a set that will dictate the product's success. But one thing is certain: with an App Store that should already pass 100 thousand titles in its launch, it will already land with a potential killer.

(via 9 to 5 Mac)