Apple i-Slate ramblings

Here are the latest murmurs and ramblings about Apple’s highly anticipated i-slate, due to be revealed next week

The rendering at right created Flickr user last August is “strikingly close” to the real thing, people “familiar with the device” tell AppleInsider’s Kasper Jade.

Apple is building two versions, one that would run on AT&T’s (T) GSM network, the other on Verizon’s (VZ) CDMA network, sources tell Fox News’ Clayton Morris.

According to iLounge’s Jeremy Horowitz, the device has an extra-large antenna — “a long rear stripe” — and dual dock connectors, one on the bottom and one on the side, so it can be viewed in either portrait or landscape mode.

The tablet will run a chip designed by PA Semi and manufactured by Samsung, according to UBS Investment Research’s Maynard Um (Source: AppleInsider’s Sam Oliver.) Um also says that LG Display (LPL) and AU Optronics (AUO) will supply the screens, Samsung the NAND flash memory, Simplo and Dynapac the batteries and Broadcom (BRCM) the “combo” chip for connectivity.

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Apple has been talking to a long list of publishers, including McGraw-Hill (MHP), Hachette, Wiley (JW-A), the New York Times (NYT), Conde Naste and News Corp.’s (NWS) HarperCollins, but until the past few weeks not, according to Media Memo’s Peter Kafka, Time Inc. (TWX), the publisher of this blog.

The company’s Taiwanese manufacturing partners are said to be ramping up production of the touchscreen panels and aluminum chassis intended for the tablet/slate

There is a report according to Appleinsider at the WSJ that says the tablet will support multiple users and be user aware via facial recognition and the camera.


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