RUMOR: Apple preps ultra-portable multi-touch wireless device

“I was first tipped on the existence of plans for a previously unknown Apple portable device, somewhat larger than the current iPhone, a few months ago. The device was described as having a touch screen and best suited to be gripped with both hands. A little later, another source provided a key piece of evidence that pointed to Apple working with the German company Balda on securing 5.2″ touch panels ( more than likely pre-production units ) for an unknown device. This tip was crucial in determining the approximate size of the device and where it best fits in the Apple product lineup. Balda is one of a handful of companies that design and manufacture ( in Xiamen, China) high scratch and shatter resistant, multi-touch capable displays for mobile handsets and is thought to have received orders for Apple iPhone,” David Sieger reports for Eye On Apple.

“According to my sources, the new device is more than likely based on Apple’s current portable platform ( ie. iPhone/Touch ) and once the SDK is released, a little digging inside the platform interface should reveal the extent of the platform’s capabilities and Apple’s plans for the portable multi-touch lineup. Moreover, 3G is part of the device specs with WiFi included as well,” Sieger reports.

“The mysterious device resembles less an Ultra Mobile Mac and more an upper model iPhone or a more capable next gen iPod Touch. In other words, the portable’s hardware seem to suggest not a fully capable and portable Mac but a device which depends heavily on wireless connectivity,” Sieger reports.

“Such a device is likely a year from introduction although, due to its 3G capability, may be introduced a full six months before being shipped ( similar to iPhone ) to clear the FCC hurdle,” Sieger reports.

More in the full article here.


  1. Maybe…

    IF this is happening… ‘if’ being the biggest word in the English language… I bet Apple is waiting for the low-power 4G chipsets that were announced not long ago.

    THEN we might see iPhone 2.0 with the same chipset announced at the same time.

    One more thing… ?

  2. That’s not a rumor, that’s a fact…of course Apple is having this somewhere in the labs. Any ‘analist’ or illiterate could come to that conclusion.
    The big question is: ‘Will it meet the standards of Apple’ (Jobs’ standards to be specific)
    These rumors are just plain obvious. Next page…

  3. This will be a Wireless Media + Productivity + Internet mobile device. Lots of things can’t be done with laptop. For instance, during meetings, people take notes on paper… and those people actually happen to have laptops!!! This is just an example.

    So it will be:
    – A ultra-portable multi-touch device
    – Larger display than iPhoe/iPod Touch
    – With some kind of openable tripod for it to stand on a table if necessary

    It will allow you to do:
    – Note taking (Hand writting)
    – Document reading/basic editing (iWork document)
    – e-Book reading
    – Wireless Internet Browsing
    – Email
    – Video/Movies/Music/Photo
    – Sync wirelessly with other devices
    – Install other applications

    This device will allow you to do 90% of what you do with your laptop on the go. And lot of things you do during meetings, in the bus etc. This is the future of mobile computing. To do the rest, you’ll still have your desktop machine.

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