The buzz around the rumored Apple tablet device is off the charts. Other than the iPod and iPhone, I dare anyone to name another consumer electronic device that has generated as much speculation and hype. The Apple tablet rumors have been floating around the Internet since at least 2003. Now that we are just one day away from the unveiling, it’s time for the predictions. David Weiss even created a Prediction Score Card for the Apple press event. I’m not going to make any specific predictions about features, but I will give you my predictions that can be applied to any new Apple product. It will be shiny and as Steve Jobs always likes to say, it will be “gorgeous”. It will function in such an elegant way that all competing devices will seem clunky and plain (I’m talking to you Kindle, Nook, Sony eReader, and HP Slate). There will be at least one rumored feature that it won’t have and every Apple hater will point it out as the major flaw that will limit its success, and they will be wrong. (ie. 1st and 2nd Gen iPhones not being able to capture video). People will camp out in front of Apple stores a week before it’s released waiting to get their hands on the shiny new toy. Apple will push out a cool marketing campaign and the device will continue to generate buzz as it starts to show up in TV shows, movies, and the hands of celebrities. The tablet will become another part of pop culture just like the iPod and iPhone. The price will be the real factor in how big of a hit it will become, but there is no doubt in my mind that it will be far more successful than any other tablet or eReader device that has come before it.
This looks really cool. I predict that the rumored Apple Tablet will use a similar interface and will be a great platform for eBooks, eMagazines, and eNews Papers. The full color display is so much nicer than the mono-chrome displays used by today's eReaders.