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. I´ve sid it before but here I go again;
    There will be a “tablet” and it will be in different sizes, AND it will be named MacBook. The new MacBook is the tablet. I guarantee it !!

    (as in I guarantee you a happy life)

  2. @HMCIV

    Yes, I know about the aluminium, bit an unprotected glass display of that size would need holding together with duct tape – and that would ruin the effect!

  3. I’d expect Apple to experiment with all types of sizes and devices and materials. It’s a new frontier and they, and any other smart company, would want to try out many prototypes.

    What matters is what they finally deem is worthy of bringing to market. And until they compare all sorts of possibilities, they can’t be sure of the best solution.

  4. @ HMCIV – transparent aluminum is *already here*.

    Main use so far is canopies for black-project aircraft, apparently (that’s me putting 2+2 together from the corporate website, not some ‘free-republic’ lunacy).

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