analyst was Yair Reiner from Oppenheimer. Reiner wrote in a research
note that information gleaned for the Apple supple chain indicated
partners are ramping up for the Apple tablet. The scuttlebutt is
that the tablet could hit in March or April.
say that they believe Apple is working on a tablet, but when it will
be released is anyone's guess. Steve Jobs is known to be a
perfectionist and demanding
of his team. Walter Luh from Ansca Mobile said, "Until the
project sees the light of day, it's never a foregone conclusion.
Steve Jobs demands perfection and if he's not happy with it, it's not
going to ship."
Luh goes on to say that with the tablet
predicted to be coming that developers need to be looking at writing
their apps with an eye towards larger screens. Luh told
InformationWeek, "How I expect it to work is that as a
developer we'll get the option to either keep our iPhone-sized window
or to dynamically scale to take up the extra room. Some apps, such as
a news reader or a Web browser, will probably be able to scale
easily, while other apps, notably like ours that make very careful
artwork and UI decisions based on the exact dimensions of the iPhone
screen, cannot simply stretch to fit."
developers believe that the guidance from Apple at the Dev convention
to represent screen dimensions as variables rather than specific
numbers is an indication of things to come. Apple will want games and
other apps to take full advantage of any larger screen device.