These mutterings are not new – we scrawled the concept pictured back in 2007 – but now, more details have emerged. Apple’s “Slate” will be like an iPod Touch on growth hormones, featuring a slim profile, familiar aesthetics and a finger-friendly multi-touch interface. It will also come with a pen for handwriting recognition.
Its 10in, 720p hi-def screen will be better for movies and web browsing, and will work well as an e-reader, taking the likes of Amazon’s Kindle head-on. We anticipate the iTunes Store to launch a Books section in January, from which the Slate will download novels via Wi-Fi or HSDPA.
iTunes will also offer subscriptions for news papers and in future, magazines, which will be sent direct to the Slate as soon as they hit digital shelves.