We’ve all got our thoughts on what the Jesus Tablet will be, so here are my guesses. I fully expect to be completely wrong on all of this, as many of these answers are completely blind shots and that Apple will blow my expectations out of the water.
- 8”-10” touch screen, running at 1280×720
- Very thin; less than 1/2” thick (the iPhone 3GS is 0.48” thick)
- About 1lb heavy, light enough to hold in one hand
- 8 hours of battery life
- 32 or 64 GB SSD
- 3G over GSM, and Apple’s US 3G partner will continue to be AT&T
- There will be some way to pair your Tablet cell connection with your iPhone’s cell connection; either with an official announcement of AT&T tethering, or by adding your Tablet to the 3G account
- Front-mounted camera
- Some kind of collapsible stand in the frame, so the device can sit on a table
- Multi-touch on the display, exactly like the iPhone
- Multi-touch on the back of the device, similar to the surface of the Magic Mouse
- Photos and video via front-mounted camera
- Audio via front-mounted microphone and speakers, wired headphones, or Bluetooth
- Dock connector
- Expanded voice recognition
- Software keyboard, no Bluetooth keyboards available
- It will run the iPhone OS 4.0; or rather, the iPhone OS will become a “Mobile OS X”, consisting of the heavyweight Tablet and the smaller iPhone.
- It will allow multiple apps to run at the same time, with some UI for viewing multiple apps alongside each other. This may not be possible on the iPhone.
- It meant to replace a full PC for most common day-to-day needs
- iPhone applications will not run “automatically”, but will need to be resubmitted through the App Store approval process. Most applications will run without much modifications. Icons will need to be higher resolution.
- A system-wide Dock for documents, applications, and small widgets will be onscreen at all times
- The home screen will be significantly revamped, and renamed to the Dashboard. App icons, web clippings, and widgets will be freely arrangeable.
- Handwriting recognition will be available for text input, with an optional stylus, or with a gesture such as two closed fingers drawing as if you had a pen.
- Some gestures will be used on the back of the device, such as scrolling and zooming.
- Standard kind of iPod and Internet communications apps the iPhone OS comes with. iTunes video, iTunes LP content, Maps, and Safari web content will look phenomenal.
- Sketchbook, an unlimited workspace to sketch and write notes, with collaboration features.
- iWork, a full port of the iWork application suite, tied to the Internet (and expansion of the iWork.com web application), with collaboration features.
- iChat, a port of the Mac app, with a heavy emphasis on video conferencing
- The SDK will be available immediately, with a simulator.
- There will be an emphasis on application interoperability.
- Applications will be able to register plugins with view controllers and UTIs. When an application wants to expose an object (say, an image) to other apps, it will look for app plugins which respond to the “public.image” UTI, load one which matches the UTI, and present the view without leaving the application.
- Applications will be able to expose services, similar to how they work on Mac OS X. Services will be integrated into the voice control system.
- 32 GB model will be available for $899
- 64 GB model will be available for $999
- Available in US in March, major countries by summer
- There will not be a WiFi-only model at launch.
- Updated MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs, with the mobile Core i5 “Arrandale” processors from Intel.
- There will be no mention of Verizon
- There will be no updates to the iPod or the Apple TV
- There will be no announcements of the iPhone 4G