Apple shops tablet device around Australia; provides specs to media companies

“Apple is preparing to release a groundbreaking tablet computer in Australia and around the world early next year and has been in discussions with media companies about including their content on the device,” Asher Moses reports for The Sydney Morning Herald.

“The tablet is tipped to be a larger version of the iPhone. It is small enough to carry in a handbag but too big to fit in a pocket. It will have a touch screen and be targeted at users who mainly want to surf the web, read books and newspapers or watch movies,” Moses reports.

“Apple has sent specifications of the device to Australian media companies in an effort to sound out whether they would be interested in delivering their content to the tablet,” Moses reports. “None would speak about the device on the record.”

“It is understood that Apple has been in direct talks with Australian media companies to launch a new app for the tablet that would allow them to distribute their content in digital form and charge for it,” Moses reports. “Similar talks were under way with Amazon over the Kindle e-book reader but these broke down after the media executives baulked at giving Amazon 70 percent of the revenue.”

Moses reports, “By contrast, Apple’s model has been to give developers 70 percent of the revenue and to keep a 30 percent cut. It is expected a similar deal will be offered to media companies.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn W.” for the heads up.]

27 Comments

  1. “The tablet is tipped to be a larger version of the iPhone. It is small enough to carry in a handbag but too big to fit in a pocket. It will have a touch screen and be targeted at users who mainly want to surf the web, read books and newspapers or watch movies,” Moses reports.”

    Make it affordable enough for a family to be able to afford 2 or 3 and you will have a hit.

  2. They should decline in readership. They, media, have lost touch with facts and the ability to report them as it is or was. They report by crafting an image they wish to portray. Sad, but reality is so absent in the media today.
    Look how they get the most simple and easy to search fact on Apple products. Yet, the information is sometime so off that one has to consider if they pulled a draft they had from 10 years ago. Then paste current product names where the old product name was. That is just Apple.
    I think they have been watching too much Hollywood. They should be left to die! No love lost for those guys.

  3. biggest issue:

    do people want to read books on this thing. If the screen is VERY DIFFERENT from the iPod Touch, then you have a compelling product.

    Also, Apple would be effectively launching the first color eInk screen?!?

  4. My kids fingers are perfect for the iPod touch, but it is a little small for me to feel entirely comfortable in finger size and visibility.
    Why not just scale the iPod touch and its UI up 20% for adult size…not too big and cumbersome, but not too small for mobile usability.
    Sure, it won’t quite fit in your pocket, but it won’t be a flimsy prehistoric netbook to lug around, either. This is 2009, folks. A mobile unit with a mobile interface is greatly needed out there, and the netbooks just ain’t it.
    The iPod Touch is Apple’s tablet, it just needs a version of it to be scaled up slightly without changing much of anything.

  5. MDN quotes: “It is understood that Apple has been in direct talks with Australian media companies”.

    Please tell me this does not translate into News Corp., aka Rupert Murdoch Media Demolition Inc. (Murdoch is an Aussie). Much as I like Australia, Murdoch is one export I wish they’d burned at the stake rather than let loose on an innocent unsuspecting world.
    :-Q********

    Apple + Murdoch is even less appetizing than Palm + Sprint. What is lately with ‘Beauty and the Beast’ themes?

  6. Murdoch is an Aussie

    By birth yes. By commitment, not so much.

    I agree that the midwife through the wrong bit away with Murdoch, but he’s an American citizen now since he gave up his birthright so he could own an American TV network.

  7. “Apple has sent specifications of the device to Australian media companies in an effort to sound out whether they would be interested in delivering their content to the tablet,”

    Could this be part of the reason behind building the server farm in North Carolina?

  8. @MacGuy

    Off Topic I know, but Fox is unlike any other major news organization in the US. FOX organizes, sponsors and promotes political events (Tea Party / 912); no other major player does this. These activities are what partisan rather than news reporting organizations do. Roger Ailes, head of FOX’s US operation, was a media consultant for Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush. Any surprise really that he actively pushes a conservative political agenda? FOX is certainly free publisize its opinions, but they should not be couched as “news”.

  9. @ Macguy

    The only bigger myth than “security via obscurity” is the “liberal media.” It doesn’t exist. It’s NEVER existed. You’ve been fed the big lie and you believe it.

    The “media” as it exists today is actually owned by five or six giant corporations who are anything but “liberal.” Sure, there are a few liberal commentators out there, but they’re vastly outnumbered by right and extreme right-wing voices.

    I can understand why the right wants to feel like a victim, but it’s just not based in reality.

  10. @ MacGuy

    Off Topic, but FOX is unlike any other major news organization in the US. FOX organizes, sponsors and promotes political events (Tea Party / 912); no other major player does this. These activities are what partisan rather than news reporting organizations do. Roger Ailes, head of FOX’s US operation, was a media consultant for Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush. Any surprise really that he actively pushes a conservative political agenda? FOX is certainly free publisize its opinions, but they should not be couched as “news”.

  11. Fox news is an oxymoron — like jumbo shrimp, rap music, and military intelligence !

    Seems only the 19% of the populace ( are those who will admit to being a Republican ) — are the only people who believe Fox {news} is really news !

    Like your leaders, your numbers are dwindling

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