BIG IN 2010 – Apple Tablet

Unless you’ve had your head buried under an X Factor contestant for the past six months, you’ll have heard rumours of Apple’s tablet

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.

For the full lowdown on our Big in 2010 tech, see the latest issue of Stuff magazine – and keep an eye on for our CES coverage from 6-10 January.