We have discussed on a number of occasions that Apple are set to unveil its new Tablet device, the iSlate handheld computer at the end of this month. The latest rumors say that the device will run on the new iPhone OS 4.0, which will then be implemented on its 2010 smartphone.
If the Apple tablet is to run on the iPhone OS, then a few changes will need to be made, such as an extra screen resolution. The current device to run on iPhone OS 3.1 only has a 3.5-inch screen, the iSlate will have a 10.1-inch display; this will require a much higher resolution.
According to Brighthand.com, when the iSlate is announced later this month a new OS 4.0 SDK will be launched, allowing programmers to begin work on new apps for the tablet PC. However, we recently reported that the 100,000 iPhone applications would be able to run on this latest Apple device.
There is a problem with this though; most apps are set to run on an HVGA screen. The developers will have to modify their applications in order for it to run on the larger screen. These developers will have a helping hand though, as they will have access to a simulator, this will allow them to see how their apps will need to be altered to run on the new tablet device.
Not much is known about the iSlate, we do not know if it will be released on AT&T, Verizon or both and if it will offer 3G, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Steve Jobs is expected to make an announcement on January 26 or 27, watch this space.
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