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  • Major Apps Planned In Anticipation of Apple Tablet?


    The LA Times put it best today: Not since biblical times has the arrival of a tablet been greeted with such anticipation.

    As the tech world holds its collective breath in anticipation of Wednesday's supposed tablet release, major industries are preparing to piggy back on Apple by lining up applications that could be even more self-supporting than they are consumer-minded.

    The New York Times, for example, is believed to be rolling out a premium subscription application for the tablet, which, according to multiple reports, will similarly run iPhone applications. At present, iPhones and iPod touch devices run on the 3.1.2 version of the OS. The tablet is widely expected to run the same OS.

    From the LA Times:

    Condé Nast Publications, publisher of 18 magazines, and HarperCollins Publishers have been approached about developing content for Apple's tablet, according to the Wall Street Journal. HarperCollins declined to comment, but Condé Nast issued a news release last week, touting sales of a digital version of its men's magazine, GQ, for the iPhone and iPod Touch, and acknowledging it was developing content for "the anticipated tablet from Apple."
    While it's anyone's guess if Apple's tablet can help revitalize the struggling newspaper industry, the device will almost certainly claim an enormous chunk of Amazon's "mammoth influence over the book market" and provide a fresh platform for digital content and e-books. As an e-reader, the tablet could very well rock the market - a market that is growing much bigger and faster than virtually anyone expected.

    Amazon said that the Kindle is its bestselling product ever and that on Christmas Day, digital book downloads exceeded physical book sales. As of January, Sacconaghi said the Sony Reader, the Barnes & Noble Nook and the Amazon Kindle were sold out, "another strong indicator of burgeoning demand."
    E-books aside, if the tablet proves a "gigantic iPhone," the App Store will definitely be targeted by developers with a full slate of applications that could quickly revolutionize our favorite and most familiar forms of news and entertainment content.

    In case you haven't heard by now, Apple will officially unveil the tablet this Wednesday, January 27th.

    Image via Reuters
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Major Apps Planned In Anticipation of Apple Tablet? started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 22 Comments
    1. Sinful Ryan's Avatar
      Sinful Ryan -
      So not only will we be able to download music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, apps and music videos from iTunes we can download books? I really hope the tablet can run iPhone apps it would be great to play some of them with a bigger screen.
    1. rumcajs's Avatar
      rumcajs -
      looks like going to be very interesting day...
    1. The Maestro's Avatar
      The Maestro -
      I don't see this being osx and implementing iPhone apps, very disappointing
    1. riddick1224's Avatar
      riddick1224 -
      I just want to know if they will announce the new iPhone OS 4.0??????
    1. siloeyes9's Avatar
      siloeyes9 -
      Ugh, as a graphic designer I was looking forward to this being more along the lines of a touch screen mac similar to the modbooks and not just a bigger iphone. Oh well, guess I'll be saving my money for just the new iphone model then
    1. vedavis's Avatar
      vedavis -
      If anyone can rock the market, it's AAPL.
    1. romeo_herman's Avatar
      romeo_herman -
      After apple iPhone with Verizon, iPhone OS 4.0 will be release.....
    1. skorpiond's Avatar
      skorpiond -
      I really can't wait to see what an Apple tablet will do for us. The device won't fit inside our pockets, so it better do mostly everything a true multimedia device can do. Unfortunately I have the feeling we will still require an iPhone to provide tethering to the tablet. :-(
    1. gthugballin's Avatar
      gthugballin -
      can i just buy it now please i dont care what it does anymore lol
    1. organik's Avatar
      organik -
      Tablet running iPhone like OS? WHY??? This is NOT what I'm looking for. Why can't it just run OS X? Or OS X with a layer to run iPhone apps? Seems like Apple would be cutting out quite a large pro market without the ability to run Mac apps.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Oh no...please not the giant iPhone I am expecting...
    1. skorpiond's Avatar
      skorpiond -
      Quote Originally Posted by organik View Post
      Tablet running iPhone like OS? WHY??? This is NOT what I'm looking for. Why can't it just run OS X? Or OS X with a layer to run iPhone apps? Seems like Apple would be cutting out quite a large pro market without the ability to run Mac apps.
      iPhone like OS is actually a really good thing being that there are already tons of apps (cheap too) that can perform most task we need. Running OS X would require the hardware to be as powerful as a regular laptop or netbook which would then require the device to be thicker/heavier.
    1. Fall3N iZ DoWn's Avatar
      Fall3N iZ DoWn -
      I have been living under a rock for a few years so...can somebody tell me WTF is so great about this? Seriously, I'm dying to know why!

      No sarcasm intended(ok maybe a little bit). I want a serious answer.
    1. dirkbreeuwer's Avatar
      dirkbreeuwer -
      Quote Originally Posted by Fall3N iZ DoWn View Post
      I have been living under a rock for a few years so...can somebody tell me WTF is so great about this? Seriously, I'm dying to know why!

      No sarcasm intended(ok maybe a little bit). I want a serious answer.
      Because this machine cures cancer, feeds the hungry, and achieves world peace.

      ... that or it makes a great upscale model of the iphone.
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      ^Big Annoucement on my Birthday Jan 27th and we don't know or anybody else what it will be. Rumors for years of a apple tablet and maybe this is it since CES brought tablets from other brands. Also there may be annoucement of a new iphone OR iphone os 4.0 since beta are floating around. In about 36 hours you and the rest of the world will know.
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      I'm very disappointed with the tablet rumors so far. I want a computer not a big iPhone.
    1. jdonn2009's Avatar
      jdonn2009 -
      i just want it to be released so MAYBE we can get some news stories that aren't projected rummors about some device that i really don't want to hear about!
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Wtf, no proper OS X, I'll pass if it's not true SL.
    1. iLaw-One's Avatar
      iLaw-One -
      One more day to go before the much awaited announcement...
    1. brandonmarback's Avatar
      brandonmarback -
      I can't wait to try these tablet apps on my iPhone. Apple should make a tablet with features instead of one that "just works."