A series of Twitter postings apparently written by blogging pioneer Jason Calacanis have given the biggest indication yet of what the fabled Apple tablet device will consist of.
As we all know, Twitter is open to abuse as many celebs with fake accounts opened in their names will attest. But there's one little fact that leads us to believe that this might be the real deal.
The account name in question is 'Jason'. Not 'Jason1973' or 'jason_calacanis'. You try opening a new Twitter account with just a single first name. It's impossible. Unless, or course, your name is Fnegnaraticallimunigartiminiteristerator Jones.
We have to admit that is bothers us a bit that Jason reports that he's able to give out all of these details because Apple has dropped its non-disclosure aagreement (NDA) so close to what could be the biggest product launch in the company's history, and we'd love to call shenanigans on the tweets, but as we can't prove the veracity of the information either way, we'll let you decide.
We've included the information here in full including spelling errors and typos for the sake of accuracy and disclosure. Some @names have been removed to protect the innocent:
Yes, it's true... I've been beta testing the Apple tablet for the past two weeks and it's amazing.
Note to press: No, not going to break my NDA w/ Apple/steve so u can get jump on announcement. It is the most *amazing* device ever.
The best part ofthe apple tablet as beta user has been the built in HDTV tuner and pvr, and the chess game.
Also, the apple tablet is really amazing for newspapers. Video conferencing is super stable, but nothing new.
The price will be 599, 699 and 799 [we're assuming US dollars here] depending on size and memory in apple tablet. Also, wireless keyboard + monitor connection for tv
Ok, I will take two questions about the new apple tablet which I have right here. Go ahead... My nda is basically over. :) [This was posted just 12 hours before Apple's announcement which smells a bit iffy to us]
The apple tablet is running an iphone os flavor with ability to have multiple apps running at same time (ie pandora, browser
I can tell u the battery life is great in ebook reading mode but not great when on wifi or playing games. 2-3hrs
There are 2cameras: one in front and one in back (or it may be one with some double lens) so you record yourself and in front of u.
Apple Tablet has thumbpads on each side for mouse guestures, reads fingerprint for security. Up to 5 profiles by finerprint for family.
Yes, apple tablet is oled + back has solar pad for recharging, but it really doesn't work quickly. More a gimmic. Verizon+att,wifi yes!
Apple tablet's 2 cameras is sick feature for video conferencing: u shoot what's in front of you + yourself. Augmented video conferncing!
Ok, I'm going to bed (with apple tablet after reading nytimes+Vanity Fair on it!), steve jobs outdid himself, its greatest device ever!!!
Apple tablet games are sick. Basically nintendo wii-level innovation. Custom farmville app is insane. Mark pincus is demoing with steve tmmr
For background: apple asked me to do press tomorrow on cnbc, cnn, etc. As a pundit they gave me tablet 10 days ago. 3people dropped it off!
Sorry, can't show device or say actual name.
apple tablet connects to other tablets over wifi for gaming. There will be LAN parties with these things, people playingFirst personshooters
Off to bed, but I assure you I'm not joking and the specs are real.... Most of all that this is best gadget ever made and NOT overhyped.
At the same time, a German website reckons it has information on the pricing and name of the fabled Apple Tablet, expected to be officially announced at 6pm UK time today.
Netbooknews.de has got its hands on a Tweet apparently sent by a German outlet Media Markt wihich may well be flogging tht device.
The contents of the micro-blogging message seem to suggest that the Second Coming of Computing, as the Apple tablet has been portrayed by many, will cost €900 - as near as isn't worth worrying about to £900.
The message also suggests that the device will be called the iPad, and will be available at €499 if you are willing to sign frighteningly expensive - €120 oper month has been mentioned - cellular contract with T-Mobile.
Media Markt is swearing blind that the Twitter account in question is nothing to do with it, and nor is the Tweet.
Both the account and the message deleted sharpish.