NY Times: Steve is Extremely Happy with the New Tablet

Submitted by lalit on December 24, 2009 - 7:07am.

Following the Apple tablet rumor day yesterday, the flow of Apple tablet rumors continues today also. New York Times’ Nick Bilton has posted on Bits blog that he has no doubt that Apple will release a tablet like device in 2010, there are too many signs that point in this direction. He wrote:

But the icing on the cake comes from a current senior employee inside Apple. When one of my colleagues here asked if the rumors of the Apple tablet were true, and when we could expect such a device, the response from his source was, “I can’t really say anything, but, let’s just say Steve is extremely happy with the new tablet.
Yet another recently departed Apple employee tipped me: “You will be very surprised how you interact with the new tablet.”
A former Apple employee, whose name appears on numerous Apple patents, worked on an Apple tablet five years ago and recently told me when the first version of the tablet was shelved by Steve Jobs, a lot of the technology made it into other devices. He explained that components of these early stage concepts are already out in the marketplace. If you have an iPhone, for example, you’re carrying around a mini version of an early Apple tablet. He also says that one of the barriers to producing the early tablets was the lack of software.

With the amount of news generated around the rumored Apple tablet in past few days, it is almost certain that Apple is preparing to launch the new product in January 2010. It also looks like for the first time both the technology and the market is ready for tablet computing. And, Apple is one of the few companies that can bring the tablet to the forefront of computing device market like it did with iPhone for the smartphones in the cell phone market.