RUMOR: Apple prototyping 10-, 13-, and 15-inch tablets, at least one runs full Mac OS X

“This one caught us by surprise, but it comes from a source that has always been 100% reliable: Not only Apple may be working on a 10-inch tablet, but also in 13″ and 15″ models, one running Mac OS X,” Jesus Diaz reports for Gizmodo.

“This source claims that the two touchscreen prototypes—made of aluminum, but on the shape of big iPhones—were in a factory in Shenzuen, China. One of them ‘was running Mac OS X 10.5.’ When I asked, the source didn’t know if these were built for demonstration purposes, or if they were preproduction units. The company has a tight relation with Apple but ‘it’s not FoxConn,'” Diaz reports.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: Real or not, you decide. All we know, is that over a year ago we reported a rumor that Apple’s secret product is ‘MacBook touch’. Said our source — the same one who tipped us to wireless iTunes Store sales direct to iPod and iPhone a week before Apple debuted it — in staccato fashion:

Think MacBook screen, possibly a bit smaller, in glass with iPhone-like, but fuller-featured Multi-Touch. Gesture library. Full Mac OS X. This is why they bought P.A. Semi. Possibly with Immersion’s haptic tech. Slot-loading SuperDrive. Accelerometer. GPS. Pretty expensive to produce initially, but sold at “low” price that will reduce margins. Apple wants to move these babies. And move they will. This is some sick shit. App Store-compatible, able to run Mac apps, too.

Our source subsequently told us that “the SuperDrive will not be part of the finished devices, ‘It was just in some of the prototypes for various reason(s).'”

43 Comments

  1. Sounds very, very unlikely to me. 10.6 is not known to be touch-optimized, let alone 10.5, so why does the source say they are being used? Also, the 15 inch screen would make it too fragile. I reckon Apple is deploying an emergency false trail – maybe someone has come too close to the truth?

  2. It would explain partly why SL was necessary – slim down the MacOS and app footprint, increase the speed, move the UI towards iPhone – so it will fit on an SSD with spare room, run OK on a slower processor and match the iPhone visually.

    iPhone to MacBook touch halo effect?

  3. It’s an iBook, stupid. A Kindle –on steroids — that can also be used as a small laptop. Not full blown 10.6, but perhaps more than the iPhone/iPod Touch — if you want 10.6, etc. get a MacBook, duh — that will connect/interface nicely with your MacBook, mini or iMac.

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