“If you’ve only been half paying attention you probably think that the Apple Tablet is a done deal. It isn’t. Outside the impervious hallways of One Infinite Loop the tablet remains a technological unicorn — a mythical beast whose beauty, elegance and singularity we can only imagine,” John C. Abell writes for Wired.
“Wired.com is among the vast majority of publications which fervently believes, however. We have found supporting evidence in all manner of tea leaves, including the decision by Apple to allow iPhone developers to create free apps that can be platforms to charge for something. This is probably just a way of porting the shareware model to mobile. But a free shop window would also be a perfect way for publishers, we argued, to offer readers the same chance to sample without charging them for the privilege,” Abell writes.
“Apple admits nothing, of course. In a recent meeting with media executives, including some from Condé Nast, attendees were required to sign a non-disclosure agreement, participants told wired.com. Despite this precaution the word ‘tablet’ was never uttered — indeed, hardware wasn’t even discussed,” Abell writes.
“Tablet speculation mostly centers on what’s in it for the user, and third parties, including the print media,” Abell writes. “But the key is what’s in it for Apple — more specifically, what’s in it for CEO Steve Jobs. We think there’s one thing that makes an Apple Tablet inevitable: Jobs is considering his legacy, and he wants it to include saving the media, pulling it back from the brink at its darkest moment.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Legacy, schmegacy. Jobs is just doing what he’s always done: Pushing forward.