Everyone in the tech scene is waiting patiently for the 27 Jan 2010 Apple Keynote. (28 Jan, 2am Singapore time) Tons and tons of rumors has been flying around for the past few months. Everyone is quoting “reliable sources” from some “neighbour’s boyfriend’s sister’s classmate’s cousin who is working in Apple” or something like that. Some of them can be really ridiculous.

Everyone is expecting Apple to release a Tablet. And I guess Apple have to release a Tablet tonight or rotten tomatoes will be thrown at them. (Kidding kidding) I think the last time an Apple keynote had so much rumors and excitement was when Apple announced the iPhone. We all know that is huge. And so most of us expect tonight’s keynote to be huge too.
I had this wild guess that Apple will release a colour E-Ink touchscreen tablet which is able to play video. But like I said, it’s a wild guess. E-Ink, as far as we know, aren’t able to produce fast refresh rate for video playback. Unless Apple had a breakthrough in E-Ink technology, I doubt we will see that tonight.
But what we should be expecting to see tonight is a tablet of roughly 10 inch. Definitely touchscreen. There should be some new services that comes together with the tablet. Something like magazine or newspaper subscription. A E-book reader is also highly possible. It might have a 3G SIM card slot for internet connection or be like the kindle where it comes with internet access out of the box. The tablet will most likely be running the next version of iPhone OS and might be able to run existing iPhone apps. We might see a few new gestures on how to interact with the tablet. I think we might see a new way to type on touchscreen. I doubt it would be a standard virtual keyboard you see on a iPhone. Unless Steve Jobs doesn’t want you to type while holding the device in your hands. Perhaps the virtual keyboard will be split into half and placed at the 2 corners so that your thumb can reach them.
There have been several rumors about the name of this tablet that Apple will be launching tonight. Some say it would be called the iPad. I highly doubt that this is possible. If you remember, Compaq (which now belongs to HP) has a PDA line call iPaq. Do you think Apple will launch a device that sound so similar to a PDA? After all, the tablet can be considered an oversized PDA. HP should be able to stop Apple from using iPad as it sound very similar to their product line. I guess the most likely name for the tablet is iSlate.
Having said all these, I still feel that tablet will not be a big hit. It just doesn’t fit into any category. There will be people who buy tablet, but it won’t be as popular as iPod or iPhone. But then, we never know. This is Apple we are talking about. They say that Steve Jobs is able to create things that you didn’t know you need.
So what will the announcement be tonight? We could only wait and see. If you are staying up tonight, join the Tech65 crew as we watch the Keynote together. 28 Jan 2010, 2am Singapore time. Bring your own pom poms.
PS: Everything I said here is based on my speculations. I don’t have any neighbour’s boyfriend’s sister’s classmate’s cousin working in Apple.
Update: Looks like Jason Calacanis‘ NDA is over and he is releasing some info about the Tablet that we will see tonight. Check out his tweets.
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Interesting. 2 camera, one in front and one in back. Thumbpads on each side for mouse guestures, reads fingerprint for security. OLED. WAIT! Did he say solar pad for recharging?!?!?! Expected to sell at $599, $699 and $799 depending on size and memory
Update: Jason is pulling our legs