A FOUNDER of Engadget, Mahalo.com and other sites, Jason Calacanis has been busy twittering about the upcoming Apple tablet over the last day or so.
If Calacanis is to be believed, he is in possession of a yet-to-be-released Apple tablet and has been spilling details all over the Twittersphere.
Allegedly his tablet was delivered ten days ago and he's doing a variety of interviews for the mainstream press in the US.
He's tweeted that the price of the tablet will be $599, $699 or $799 depending on the size and memory in the device, yet also states he can't show or name the actual device he has received.
The tablet comes with two cameras apparently on the front and back of the device, and unsurprisingly comes with WiFi - which Calacanis specifically states will be used for LAN gaming parties.
He discusses some of the gaming applications, specifically mentioning Chess and a tablet-specific version of Farmville. He tweeted, "Apple tablet games are sick. Basically nintendo wii-level innovation. Custom farmville app is insane."
Jason's gratuitous use of the word 'sick' is itself nauseating.
He briefly touches on the ebook features of the device, stating he's just read the NY Times and Vanity Fair in bed, and says that it's "really amazing for newspapers".
He also mentioned the multi-tasking abilities of the souped-up Iphone OS underpinning the tablet, stating that multiple apps can be run simultaneously, which is hardly ground-breaking stuff.
Some of the details and specifications seem slightly odd though.
Calacanis specifies that the tablet comes with an OLED screen, written-off by many members of the press as being too expensive to include, a solar-powered back for top-up charging, and a built-in HDTV tuner with PVR, both of which are a significant departure from Apple's usual product feature-sets.
Also included are two thumb pads on each side of the device for mouse gestures - which also double as finger-print readers. The inclusion of thumb pads seems at-odds with a touch-screen device.
One can't help think that April Fool's day has come early this year. However if everything that Calacanis has twittered is true, and considering his unabated enthusiasm, then Apple's event later today could be well worth watching. µ
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