It’s 11 a.m. on the east coast, 8 a.m. here on the west and I’m impatiently awaiting the reveal by the fruit company. It has already been called the game changer by geeks worldwide, and even this poser of a gadget and tech enthusiast is ready to play with this ultraportable tablet. I’m tempted to head over to the nearest Mac store and set up camp with the rest of the nerds. I have a feeling Apple is going to pull a fast one in terms of the product name. Yes, Jobs and the Apple crew, long ago purchased the iSlate.com domain, but how naive are we to think those people aren’t smarter than us, and setting us up for a bait and switch?
Could it in fact be the iPalette? The iTablet? The iPad? I like iPalette – I’m going with iPalette: Palette – noun – a thin, usually oval oblong board or tablet often possessing a thumb hole at one end, used by painters for holding and mixing colors.
While I’m doubting the thumb hole, and leaning toward iSlate with everyone else, I won’t be surprised to see whatever slice of user-friendliness Apple is set to release today. I’ve been harassing a friend, a gent in big sales for the company, who is as tight-lipped and genuinely excited as everyone else. Apparently it really is going to happen at some point today.
The last stretch of months have been a continuously wonderful run for Apple – earlier this week they announced the highest revenue profit to date in any fiscal quarter. Not a bad way to start 2010. With the advent of the Apple tablet, the company is poised to take more than modest bite out of the tech industry – potentially the largest ever. Personally, I’m just hoping you can turn this “slate” upside down and shake it like an Etch-a-Sketch to turn it off and on.