Apple iPad hardware – what’s inside? Heise.de has good hints


There are few people who have better or deeper insights into CPU technology than the Heise guys from c’t magazine in Hannover, Germany. Editor and abbreviation champ Christof Windeck has done some great research and put together several facts and logic to come to some credible hints about the Apple iPad hardware.

His main conclusions: Apple’s iPad Tablet seems to be powered by a System on Chip (SoC, at launch event called Apple A4) with ARM Cortex A8 single core CPU (1 GHz), a PowerVR SGX series 5 GPU and “a combination of (Mobile-DDR-)DRAM (Samsung, 600 or up to 833 MHz?) and NAND or NOR memory.

Fascinating argumentation in the article about why and what, go here for his German version or here for Google’s translation into English. Kudos, Christof.

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Day 0: Apple Tablet to be announced in next hours – far more than just a “Kindle killer”


 

Is it hype? Pseudo religious misdirection? Well, there have been two successful mega gadgets, the world expects Apple to deliver for the third time. This time with an Apple tablet. Despite all the Vorfreude (pleasant anticipation), which will increase even more after the announcement: Yes, this will be a game changer and enabler, but there won’t be one device to rule them all. Even local and regional newspapers have covered the launch event in the past days, many, many people will realized: Oh, that is possible? Didn’t ever hear of Tablets.” – much, much broader customer base.

Liveticker for today: I recommend Macnotes’s Twitter account for such purposes:

German: Macwelt Ticker @macnoteslive

English: if you can read really fast, take this twitter list: Tech News People or simply follow Engadget

My wrap up for the “latest creation day”, some already posted in another blog posting and via Twitter:

I’d say we can expect several announcements around the Apple tablet (iSlate iPad):

  • applications for paid books and magazines (Kindle on more than just steroids), multimedia and news content mixed up and brought together in a new way – So it will not be simple apps in which media houses repackage the same stuff you can already get for free today with your browser (will do for media what iTunes did for music); think subscription models with which rebated devices to come;
  • stunning games with a whole new way of control, think sensor, think touch, tink big screen;
  • new gestures to control the device (imagine how you turn a page in a paper book), to be creative;
  • Oh, and it’ll be so light weight.
  • Talk to Tablet maker (Win/Lin) who’s got it: We’re investing in hard- and software, building an eco system – it just takes more time than Apple.
  • Talk to Tablet seller (Germany): touch web pad makers (400 dollar class) maintain a low profile, are waiting for Apple launch. We already get more and more calls from students; we expect a strong year, demand has grown constantly over the years; big question: will islate/ipad have potential for some enterprise scenarios apart of waiting rooms of lawyers and dentists or is it only for end customers? Microsoft didn’t care much for tablet eco system in past years. Me: are they shocked, paralyzed? – yes, you can say so. HP slate at CES was sign of panic. We’ll try to become reseller
  • Talk with Tablet PC maker (slate, not iSlate): Apple is successful because of integration (of hard- and software). We see lack of compelling Windows apps. Industry will rethink their strategy if Apple Tablet will be huge success.
  • Talk with Tablet PC maker (slate, not iSlate): iSlate success would encourage sw makers to dev. busin. apps for iPhone OS INSTEAD WinMobile (CRM, ERP)
  • Phone talk with a Tablet PC maker (Windows fraction). He’s happy that there will be an Apple iSlate – will be a boost for all Tablets.
  • As for the Amazon’s Kindle, it will have apps, too: You will be able to play HangMan, black and white, the US version, of course.
  • Apple sends out invites to “see our latest creation” – Tablet/iSlate event 27th of January


    27th of January, for a German not a simple date, it marks the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp in 1945. This year, US president Obama will send out a state of the union address that day. But we should expect a tech event to dominate the headlines: Apple today has sent out invites to the press to „join us for an invitation-only event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco on January 27 at 10:00a.m” as FoxNews.com reports. That’s 19.00 German time next week’s Wednesday.

    “Come see our latest creation”

    AppleInviteJan2010 Apple invitaion

    Fox also claims to have spoken with an Apple source (before he would have received the invitation) saying that we should expect an Apple Tablet, a new (probably multitouch enabled) iLife 2010 and iPhone 4 (a new OS probably for the current and next iPhones and the Apple tablet).

    I’d say we can expect several announcements around the Apple tablet (iSlate):

    • applications for paid books (Kindle on more than just steroids), multimedia and news content, not being simple apps to repackage the same stuff you can already get for free today with your browser (will do for media what iTunes did for music); think subscription models with which rebated devices come;
    • stunning games with a whole new way of control, think sensor, think touch, tink big screen;
    • new gestures to control the device (imagine how you turn a page in a paper book), to be creative;
    • oh, and it’ll be so light weight.

    Ballmer shows prototype of HP slate


    There was much speculation close to CES if there were an exciting slate to be shown.

    At the end of his keynote Steve Ballmer (CEO Microsoft) showed off three small devices – from Pegatron, Archos and HP.

    Only very little info has been revealed:

    Those three devices would be “portable as a phone, powerful as a PC, perfect for reading, surfing and taking entertainment on the go.”

    About the HP slate:

    It is a prototype. “It is coming this year.” Has touch (finger input) and “full colour”, OS is Windows 7.

    Not a lot info, no specs (screen looked like 7 inch), no code name, no battery life info. Ballmer opened some book pages (Amazon Kindle PC software), started a local video, the screen auto rotated.

    Comment: As the upcoming Apple media device is close to be released this is a pretty lame presentation and in no way stealing attention. Well, the announcement of Project Natal for Holidays 2010 is the real big news of Microsoft’s CES keynote.

    Updates:

    1. Barb Dybwad has a photo coming with her blog post.
    2. jupigare has two official photos on gdgt.com.

    3. HP has a 17 seconds teaser on YouTube with typical user scenarios (browse through fotos, e-reading, multi touch capabilities):

    4. YouToube account hpcomputers has an 4 min video with HP CTO Phil McKinney in which he says HP would have „some big announcements around slates“ with 7 to 10 inch slate devices (at around 35 seconds) – I hope he doesn’t mean Steve Ballmer’s keynote:

    5. As you may have realized, there was no further “major announcement”. Regarding the HP slate, Tim Conneally reports for Betanews:
    The “top secret HP tablet which Microsoft told me was flown in just hours before the event and flown right back out again.”

    Scoble: “iPhone took sexyness away from the Tablet PC”


    Robert Scoble attended a blogger talk at IFA fair in Berlin yesterday (leading consumer electronicx fair) and I talked with him for some mintes after the panel. From the conversation:

    Do you expect a Mac Tablet (or iTablet or whatever) later this year? There have been these patent filing news

    “Yeah, there are rumors again and again, they have the technology, they have multi touch but it is not easy to bring ink to each application.” When saying that he didn’t look like “Hey I’m not gonna tell you that I have seen something but cannot tell anyone.”

    Why isn’t Tablet yet mainstream?

    “It’s the developers, they do all their stuff with the keyboard, many of them even don’t touch the mouse at all, they don’t think ink, even at Microsoft. And with the iPhone Apple took away a lot of the sexyness of the Tablet PC – multi touch and so on.”

    The rest of the conversation wasn’t Tablet related.

    Here a picture from the panel:

    Scoble in Berlin at IFA blogger discussion

    Scoble in Berlin at IFA blogger discussion