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OK, one more little bit of tablet news before the launch...

Yesterday we posted that 50 of Apple's new tablets were being tracked by Flurry Analytics. We also mentioned that we wouldn't be reporting anymore on the tablet until Wednesday -- reason being, the tablet has already been talked about ad nauseum all over the internet for the past year -- unless images of the device popped up ahead of time.

Well, we don't have images to post of the new tablet, but we do have something almost as good. McGraw-Hill CEO Terry McGraw is probably on Steve Jobs' hit list right now as he has confirmed a number of rumors swirling around the device including the fact that it runs the iPhone OS.

CNBC News anchor Erin Burnett had an interview today with McGraw and managed to slip in a question about Apple at the end of the segment. Surprisingly, McGraw just let the information flow from his mouth without much prodding at all according to MacRumors:

Yeah, Very exciting. Yes, they'll make their announcement tomorrow on this one. We have worked with Apple for quite a while. And the Tablet is going to be based on the iPhone operating system and so it will be transferable. So what you are going to be able to do now is we have a consortium of e-books. And we have 95% of all our materials that are in e-book format. So now with the tablet you're going to open up the higher education market, the professional market. The tablet is going to be just really terrific.

Steve Jobs -- and Apple for that matter -- is notoriously secretive and controlling about upcoming products, so this little slip-up is sure to be sending Jobs into a fits of anger on the eve of launching the "the most important thing [he has] ever done". The video of the interview has already been removed, so the boys in Cupertino are likely now readying a horse's head for McGraw.

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By B3an on 1/26/2010 7:30:43 PM , Rating: 5
Does anyone here actually care about this? ...Well actually i guess the poll on here answers that.

I've just had enough of apple news all over sites likes this, even when they have not got anything coming out. Why do the press do it so much? are they getting free ipods/phones from apple or something? because it wouldn't be the first time.
They get more press than they deserve and more than other tech companies that are bigger and doing far more interesting things.

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By bupkus on 1/26/10, Rating: -1
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By ksherman on 1/26/2010 10:33:44 PM , Rating: 2
I dunno, this is pretty damn interesting. If Apple is able to do for the tablet market what they did for the MP3 player market, this could be the start of something awesome. I for one am looking forward to tablets with high functionality and significant portability. The iPhone OS is really functional and useful, I imagine this tablet to take that functionality to the next level.

Who do you postulate is doing bigger and more interesting things that DailyTech doesn't talk about?

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By mcnabney on 1/26/2010 11:21:35 PM , Rating: 2
And everything for the OS is designed for 320x240. So they aren't going to be able to leech off of the App store unless they intend apps to only play in a small window.

I'm just not sure about the slate-type design and function. It can't fit in your pocket. Maybe students can carry them in whatever passes for a Trapper Keeper - I don't know. It is going to have to be pretty tough and the screen will need to have some serious scratch protection. I really liked Microsofts Courier concept since it snapped closed for storage, but opened to two large screens that were almost edge to edge. We will see. At the $800-$1000 price point it surely is not within my gadget budget.

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By ET on 1/27/2010 1:05:39 AM , Rating: 2
> everything for the OS is designed for 320x240

320x480, actually. And I figure some apps will not be hard to scale.

Anyway, I agree both that it's somewhat interesting news and that there's too much Apple tablet discussion. I might be curious as to what Apple will introduce, but reading rumour after rumour and small nuggets of info is too much. I really prefer to read facts, and I'm willing to wait for that.

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By PrinceGaz on 1/27/2010 2:13:53 PM , Rating: 2
The chances are the graphics processor is quite capable of hardware scaling, so apps which ask for 480x320 (or 320x480) are scaled up to the tablet's native resolution.

Whilst not as good as the app running at the tablet's native resolution, a scaled-up image using bilinear or similar filtering still looks quite decent, just a little "softer". My PC desktop running at 1024x768 or 1280x960 or anything else full-screen on my 1600x1200 panel, is far better than that same being displayed in the centre with black bars at the side.

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By jconan on 1/27/2010 4:10:45 PM , Rating: 2
true but Apple has told its iPhone developers to design for full resolution or whatever it means if they want to have compatibility with the iPad. Probably version 4 of the mobile OSX will adjust application resolution to the device. But version 4 firmware for the iPhone won't be coming out until later this year.

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By ZHENDHIDE4 on 1/28/10, Rating: 0
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By damianrobertjones on 1/27/2010 4:16:30 AM , Rating: 2
There ... are... many... many... tablets ALREADY out there!! Aggggghhhhhhhhh.

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By KoolAidMan1 on 1/27/10, Rating: 0
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By ZHENZHEN on 1/27/10, Rating: -1
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By Alexstarfire on 1/27/2010 2:40:19 PM , Rating: 2
That can be said of any tablet. The only practical applications I've seen for tablets have been survey taking, my friend has a job where they use tablets to give surveys to people, and for drawing. It's far easier for a company to use a tablet for surveys since they don't have to worry about losing papers and such. And it's obviously far easier to draw on some sort of touch screen than it is to use any kind of "mouse" on a standard computer.

It seems to me, and to several others it seems, that this Apple tablet is going to primarily be an eBook reader with some computer like functions. Though to me it seems exactly like a bigger iTouch.... I'd say iPhone but it obviously won't do traditional voice calls making it the iTouch. We'll see though.

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By reader1 on 1/27/10, Rating: -1
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By damianrobertjones on 1/27/2010 10:02:11 AM , Rating: 2
Do you mean.... apple used marketing to capture the youth's imagination and sad 'I'm cool' ethics?

Sure, they 'do' make some good products but damn them for changing things like cables, power socket postitions and all other things that make people scream

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By RjBass on 1/26/2010 11:05:20 PM , Rating: 2
Well I hope they arn't doing it for iPhones. At&t is almost giving them away now ($50 for a 8gb refurbed 3g).

The iPhone is cool, but it just isn't worth it anymore.

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By themaster08 on 1/27/2010 6:21:37 AM , Rating: 2
Exactly. Apple already have a huge marketing strategy, but the press do Apple's job for them. Their products are hyped up ridiculously. It's what drives their sales.

Without all of the maketing BS and hyping FUD, Apple are just the same as any other computer manufacturer. They cut corners to minimise costs, their hardware fails and their customer service is terrible.

It's about time people began to realise.

By damianrobertjones on 1/27/2010 4:15:07 AM , Rating: 3
Are people being PAID to push apple?

...Any news on the upcoming HP tablet? Anything? Anything at all? Any releases with regards to the Archos tablet that appeared from nowehere?

Point made

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By reader1 on 1/27/10, Rating: -1
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By KoolAidMan1 on 1/27/2010 8:33:38 AM , Rating: 2
"Closed" may be the wrong wording, although I understand what you're trying to say.

A device like that needs to be specialized with hardware and software that are purpose-built for each other and the specific functions of the device itself. Installing a desktop OS with an input translation wrapper onto generic tablet hardware without any express purpose or function means nothing to consumers. It makes more sense to buy a laptop or netbook instead if that's all you're going to do with that hardware, and that's why it hasn't taken off.

What Apple's tablet is specifically built for, we don't 100% know but we'll find out soon. The one thing you can count on is that they put actual thought into creating a top-to-bottom product from a holistic POV. They could just as easily have thrown the regular desktop version of OS X onto the hardware and called it a day, but they didn't.

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By ET on 1/27/2010 9:41:19 AM , Rating: 2
There's a news item on titled "Dying news media looks to Apple tablet for hope". While it's about the print industry, when I read that title I immediately thought of all the tech news sites, who have used Apple tablet rumours in the hope of saving otherwise boring tech days.

Regarding Windows tablets, the problem isn't the closed platform. It's not hard to create a closed UI over Windows, and many people would prefer to have the extra options that Windows provides. The problems are technical issues and price. They aren't even that severe, but they do make Windows based tablets a little heavier, thicker, with a lower battery life and a higher price. The difference isn't huge, and hopefully Windows tablet makers will realise that a light device is a better one than a more powerful, bigger one.

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By damianrobertjones on 1/27/2010 10:05:02 AM , Rating: 2
Have you tried the WIndows 7 tablet functions? I have, on a HP TC1100 and it's considerably 'better' than XP.

if you haven't tried it, then saying these things and with people reading them, the perception spreads and the product doesn't even get a chance.

By xpax on 1/26/10, Rating: 0
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By damianrobertjones on 1/27/10, Rating: 0
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By Belard on 1/27/2010 7:34:43 AM , Rating: 1
Oh come on

Aren't you pissing in your pants? This is the best thing since toast... ah, feel the warmth.

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By flatfour on 1/27/10, Rating: 0
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By cblais19 on 1/27/2010 8:57:39 AM , Rating: 2
Average price for a textbook via the service mentioned in the article, CourseSmart, is 50% less then retail price on a new hard copy of the book. Downside is you either choose a DRM full downloaded version that requires their propritary software to view, or an online only verson.

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By Spivonious on 1/27/2010 9:24:42 AM , Rating: 2
So you'd rather spend $1000 on an iPhone XL than $300 on a Kindle? They both display books and the Kindle would be much easier on your eyes.

By damianrobertjones on 1/27/2010 10:07:24 AM , Rating: 2

Still no specs but how about a history lesson?

HP and Microsoft have kept pretty quiet about the HP Slate that Steve Ballmer launched in Vegas earlier this month. Other than it being a Windows 7 device, there was little else to go on. Unfortunately it doesn't look like HP has plans to share more information anytime soon.

By jbwhite99 on 1/27/2010 10:17:54 AM , Rating: 2
I'd rather buy the spam on here than whatever Apple is pushing - the only thing they have is a better UI than Windows (stolen from PARC 35 years ago), and that is because they actually focus on it. Tablets have been out for almost 20 years (the first Thinkpad was a tablet - the 710T came out at the same time as the 700 - in 1992), and tablets work great in vertical environments (ie hospitals).

What Apple is producing, based on this, is a toy. Personally, I'll stick with my 4year old 30GB iPod, thanks. Wake me up when there is real news, please.

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Next up for Apple: the living room, the desktop.
By reader1 on 1/26/10, Rating: -1
By biggsjm on 1/26/2010 6:55:16 PM , Rating: 2
You mean closed like your DVD player and your cordless phone and your Microwave, your dishwasher, refrigerator, etc

By SunAngel on 1/26/2010 7:10:16 PM , Rating: 5
no. i think he means closed as in his mouth after tomorrow's announcement.

By Ananke on 1/26/2010 7:21:50 PM , Rating: 2
So, this is iKindle kind of thing. Apple is getting into the book market... I would short Amazon stock today...

By ClownPuncher on 1/26/2010 7:21:30 PM , Rating: 3
After that, a robot-slaying unicorn that can freestyle rap.

By Brandon Hill on 1/26/2010 7:25:35 PM , Rating: 2
But can the robot play Crysis?

By ClownPuncher on 1/26/2010 7:38:57 PM , Rating: 2
Too much input lag over the OnLive network.

By amanojaku on 1/26/2010 8:40:27 PM , Rating: 2
No, but after the robot freestyles it breakdances.

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