Apple is notoriously tight-lipped about
its new products and unsurprisingly, not even a single spy photo has
managed to escape from Cupertino. However, Flurry has been able to
track the devices based on roughly 200 different apps that were
downloaded by Apple testers.
According to Flurry, 50 of the devices
-- all located within Apple's Cupertino campus -- were tracked and
all were running iPhone OS 3.2 which seems to shoot down any
aspirations that the tablet would be running a full-blown version of
the desktop version of OS X. Flurry also states that the devices
first started popping up in its system in October, but a rather large
influx of the devices started appearing this month.
Now before anyone says, "Well,
couldn't these just be iPhones running OS 3.2", Flurry VP Peter
Farago has an answer. "If this were an iPhone we were looking
at, the hardware would tell us when we ask it (via the software),"
noted Farago. "So we can rule out that this is an iPhone. Also,
we already see verified iPhone devices testing OS 4.0 and these leave
(Apple's Cupertino, CA) campus, whereas this device does not. This
makes sense given the secrecy around the new tablet device as the
launch event nears."
Farago went on to add that, "The
apps being tested match up to what the devices is supposed to feature
(e.g., news, books, etc.)" and "We wouldn't publish such a
report without a high level of confidence."
We only have to wait until Wednesday
at 10 a.m. PST to see what the real deal is on Apple's tablet.
Until then, we'll stay mum unless the unthinkable happens and the
devices somehow manages to leak onto the web.
quote: A Kindle alternative
quote: E-readers use special ink and special displays
quote: I don't see how a keyboard less tablet would be any more useful
quote: ...what exactly does this give you over a laptop?
quote: IR adapter
quote: Still I imagine OLED could go some way towards being as reader friendly as e-ink. Also as I have spends loads of time in front of computer screens and reading of a high dot pitch good quality one is not a problem.
quote: This is because you are thinking text editing. Think check lists, score cards, forms as in speeding tickets and so on. All sort of documents where you write little if perhaps nothing but still collect data and may likely benefit from the data brought by other sources
quote: More and more gear is connected to the web. For example there is a nice app for the Touch/iPhone which controls your Sonos music systemt not to mention there is the whole iTunes thing.
quote: While I am no expert I am very sure a picture on a LCD or OLED is actually static in it being persistent so long as there is power. That is how people do not notice such displays working at 60 Hz while for many that was a problem with CRT's which was essentially flashing. The real difference between eInk and the others are that eInk is not backlit and requires only power to change.