At this point its anyone’s guess to when and if the ‘iPad’ or ‘iTouch‘ computer will ever hit the market. Okay, it’s probably not a question of ‘if’, but ‘when’. Now iLounge says they’ve got the scoop on the touch screen computer from an insider that “correctly called the iPod nano 5G, iPhone 3GS and Chinese iPhone 3G months ago.”.
Apparently a 7-inch version was in the works, but that was scrapped in favor of a 10-inch version. As previous rumors have stated, the iPad will run the iPhone OS, or a variation there of and include a similar form factor (hence the pic above). Despite many rumors denouncing 3G connectivity, iLounge’s source says they’ll be two versions: one with and one without, analogous to the iPhone and iPod Touch. As expected the screen’s resolution will be much higher than the iPhone and will enable users to read magazines and books in addition to full blown web pages.
Drum roll please….apparently Curpentino will announce the tablet like computer on or before January 19th of next year and will start shipping in May or June of that year. Typically the summer months are the lull for the consumer and tech industry, but this might align them for back to school, although I can’t imagine this is a device parents and grad student would spring for. So as for launch date I’m gonna say they’ve got it wrong. Either Apple needs to announce their next wonder device in a few weeks time or wait until summer of next year and launch it for the 2010 holidays.