Apple sent out invitations today to select media outlets, inviting them to “come and see our latest creation”. The event will take place at 10am Pacific Time on Wednesday, January 27 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Will this latest creation be the rumored tablet device, or will Apple surprise us all with something completely different? In just nine short days we will finally have our answer.
AppleInsider recently reported that select app developers have been told to prepare their apps for a larger, higher resolution device. From the post: “developers were asked to prepare their apps for a demo next month by making them support a full-screen resolution, rather than the fixed 320×480 pixel size of the iPhone and iPod touch screen. The source said applications that can accommodate the larger screen size will run “just fine” on the new device.”
French Apple site Mac4Ever also claimed recently that “a new iPhone 4.0 beta SDK includes a “simulator” that aims to make it easy for developers to adapt to different screen resolutions. Some developers are allegedly already working with the beta SDK.”
Call us Apple fanboys if you want, but here at the Hub we are pretty confident that the new device from Apple is going to be awesome. I took plenty of heat recently from readers for my “outrageous” ideas about how an Apple tablet would differentiate itself from iphones, netbooks, and desktops to create an all new device category. My guess is that in 9 short days I will be vindicated. The time is ripe for a new widespread computing paradigm that moves beyond the standard keyboard and mouse, and a new device from Apple just might pull it off.