Rumor #3 Update

The Important Part: Jason D. O’Grady on ZDNet’s Apple Core blog acknowledges he’s spreading a rumor today:

“A little birdy tells me that Apple will announce a 12 or 13-inch tablet in the fall of this year. Most likely in the September or October time frame. It will run the full Mac OS X and have a slot loading SuperDrive, an “iPhone-type” GPS chip and an Intel Core Duo processor, presumably Intel’s Atom.

Of course, long time readers of RexBlog know that since 2006, that particular rumor is called Rumor #3.

The Take-Away: For over two decades, the concept of a product like this has tickled the fancy of Apple enthusiasts. Observation over the years of Steve Jobs’ obsession with elegant industrial design has led me to assume Apple will never have a “tablet” Mac (it would require too many hinges and buttons, things Jobs hates). However, I’ve long felt there could be a spot in the market for an Apple device the size of an eBook reader but with all the function of a computer in an elegant, button and keyboard-less form. It took 20 years for the technology to catch up with the vision, but we’re closing in on the time where all of the pieces can come together. Evenso, I think some of these rumors are “wishful thinking” on the part of people like me, however, as in: “If we wish hard enough…” One last observation: My use of a MacBook Air leads me to dismiss any rumor that includes a “superdrive” as part of the feature-set of such a device. I purchased the external one when I got my MacBook Air and have used it maybe twice in the past several months.

Sidenote: The Apple Core post includes a mock-up of such a product that appeared last August on the ArtilleryUnit blog (right). If I’d have known about their clever one last November, I would have skipped my five-minute PhotoShop hack (left) of what I called the iPod TouchBook (left).