More Apple Tablet Buzz: Webcam, 'Dynamic' Keyboard Surface
December 31, 2009 at 7:19 AM (PT)
While APPLE remains predictably tight-lipped about its JANUARY 26th showcase, where it is rumored to finally unveil the TABLET, that naturally hasn't stopped the speculation about it from running amok. This year, some leaks are coming from some unlikely sources.
The ex-President of GOOGLE CHINA had some choice words on the TABLET in his microblog. According to APPLE INSIDER, it has a 10.1-inch screen with webcam and "awesome UI (user interface)."
Former GOOGLE CHINA Pres. KAIFU LEE, who reportedly has close ties to APPLE, wrote (translated by GADGET MIX): "The APPLE TABLET looks like a bigger iPHONE that sports an awesome UI packed in a beautiful 10.1-inch screen. The tablet combines the functions of both NETBOOK and KINDLE, an ebook reader. It has virtual keyboard for text entry and a webcam for video conferencing."
Even more detail on the blog note came from PC WORLD and BUSINESSWEEK, which report that the TABLET will come with 3D graphics, weigh less than half as much as the MACBOOK AIR, and sell for less than $1,000 (other media sources have pegged it in the mid-$800 range).
LEE, a former APPLE employee before he went to GOOGLE, left the search engine giant in September to start INNOVATION WORKS, a BEIJING-based technology fund with investment from FOXCONN GROUP, an electronics manufacturer that coincidentally makes APPLE’s iPHONE.
APPLEINSIDER previously reported that APPLE was working on a "virtual keyboard with a dynamic surface that would give users tactile feedback when typing in order to identify individual keys."