iSlate


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iSlate

The name many pundits thought Apple would use for its tablet computer. See iPad.
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is widely expected to launch its next generation gadget - an iSlate entertainment device - in San Francisco tomorrow.
The web has been alive with rumors about the look and cost of the iSlate -- which is what the device is expected to be called -- could effectively replace the conventional lap-top or smaller net-books used by many.
The company is expected to announce details of its 'tablet' device, and (whether it's called an iTablet, iSlate, iTouch, MacBook Touch, iPad or Canvas) there is a lot riding on it.
But Apple aren't exactly breaking new ground with the iSlate (currently the favoured name for the device) because tablet computers have been around for some time - it's just that everyone has ignored them.
Now, a broad-spanning collaborative effort by Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Houston's Rice University, Switzerland's Centre for Electronics and Microtechnology, and an Indian NGO - Villages for Development and Learning Foundation (ViDAL) - has apparently born fruit, in the form of the solar-powered iSlate, which is officially called an electronic notepad rather than a tablet.
While its specifications haven't yet been officially revealed, the iSlate stands apart from other inexpensive laptop/tablet devices by being completely solar-powered, which is an extremely useful feature in regions where electricity is a rare commodity, if available at all (that unfortunately happens to describe be a large portion of India's rural areas).
Apple's new tablet computer, dubbed the iSlate by media and fans, will be a hybrid between the company's top selling iPhone and the Mac, according to sources.