iLounge has received a list of new information about Apple's upcoming tablet device from a reliable source. The site writes the latest version of the Apple Tablet has a 10.7" screen, the first version had a 7" display but that was deemed to be too small. The device looks a bit like a jumbo version of the iPhone 3G, complete with a curved back, and reportedly runs the iPhone operating system.
The Applet Tablet will not compete with netbooks, the source claims the device is an iPhone OS media player and light communication device. Two versions are expected to be launched, one with and one without 3G networking capabilities.
Screen resolutions will obviously jump considerably from the iPhone and iPod touch 480x320-pixel displays, enabling easy reading of full-sized book and magazine pages, plus cropped newspaper pages. Expect something like 5-6 times the resolution of an iPod touch or iPhone screen (720p or thereabouts) and 7 times the touchable surface area.
It is designed to expand the iPhone and iPod touch media concept to its next potential level: as a slate-like replacement for books and magazines, plus all of the media, gaming, app, and web functionality of the iPhone and iPod touch.
If iLounge's source is right, we can expect an announcement of January 19, 2010, with an iPhone-like hype buildup until the tablet will start selling in May or June 2010.