Take Two Tablets; Call Me on September 9th

Speculation over a new Apple product runs wild, as usual

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Apple Tablet: an all-in-one multimedia device with a touch pad you use like an iPhone and a screen the size of a laptop. If were to exist, someday, it might have a movie player, an e-reader, a properly sized web browser...  But right now, it's an entirely imaginary device.  Apple is, as usual, staying silent ahead of their next public event on September 9th.

With iPhone sales at 5.4 million units in the last quarter alone, there's no wonder expectations are high for Steve Jobs to build this. To find out why the tablet has techies so revved up, we speak to Sam Grobart, personal technology editor for The New York Times, and Queena Kim, who produces a podcast called CyberFrequencies at KPCC Public Radio in Los Angeles.

Guests:

Sam Grobart and Queena Kim

Hosted by:

Femi Oke

Contributors:

Jen Poyant

Comments [2]

robert breeding

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Aug. 27 2009 11:33 AM
Jim Ryan

If it comes, maybe they'll surprise me with something better than all the other do-too-much devices but I'm not hopeful.

I used to have a cell phone that I could grab, dial, and use easily with one hand. No more. My current Blackberry (which all too closely resembles Apple products) is an amusing toy but a poor telephone, awkward to hold, touch screen that never accurately recognizes what number or letter you're trying to type and poor audio. For some reason there's a camera built in but wouldn't amount to a pimple on the buttocks of a ten year old entry level Nikon. And if you ever do become proficient with all the features of your device? Some element of it breaks and you lose several tools all at once.

The point of my rant? I'm already quite tired of devices that try to do far too many things and do none of them really well, and I'm seeing more and more people who feel the same way.

Aug. 27 2009 10:10 AM

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