New York Times mentions ‘impending Apple slate’

Apple StoreThe New York Times’ executive editor, Bill Keller, spoke at a meeting of The Times digital staff last week, Zachary M. Seward reports for Neiman Journalism Lab.

“Video of the meeting, which Denise Warren, general manager of declared ‘off the record,’ was posted on an internal Times server and provided to us,” Seward reports.

So much for “off the record,” as Seward has posted a full transcript of Keller’s remarks which include this little tidbit:

We need to figure out the right journalistic product to deliver to mobile platforms and devices. I’m hoping we can get the newsroom more actively involved in the challenge of delivering our best journalism in the form of Times Reader, iPhone apps, WAP, or the impending Apple slate, or whatever comes after that.

Full article here.

Here’s the video (Apple slate remark begins at the 8:18 mark):

Bill Keller speaks to the digital group at The New York Times from Nieman Journalism Lab on Vimeo.


  1. I like the name “Slate” as opposed to “iTablet”, “Tablet” or other names. It would distinguish the Apple product from all of the also-rans that are coming to compete.

    Next year’s tax return = an Apple Slate.

  2. Everyone knows it’s coming. It’s kind of funny to watch the industry. Apple’s hardware competitors are waiting to see what to copy. And MS underestimates it. Ballmer’s going to sit there cackling while it bombs him. “We’ve sold 100’s of million of netbooks. They’ve sold zero. We’ve made consumers suffer with our $#!%%& OS. They haven’t shipped a netbook or tablet yet. I like our chances.”

    MS will make small $ per netbook license, while Apple enjoys all the margin. But MS will make it up in volume… just Ballmer makes out at the Home Town Buffet.

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