In late 2009, one of the worst-kept secrets in technology was that Apple planned to launch a tablet of some sort, probably within months. Would it be a locked-down device like the iPhone, launched just two years earlier in 2007? Or would it be a more traditional platform like the MacBook, following in the footsteps of personal computers since the early ’80s?
Either the Apple tablet (or iSlate, or whatever it ends up being called) will be a 10-or-so-inch tablet PC with a full Mac OS X operating system; or it will merely be a larger-screen version of the current iPod Touch, which has a closed, limited phone-like OS…The former would mean it could…
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