The rumour mill is starting again on the possibility of an Apple tablet style large iPod touch device.
We’ve got this from three independent sources close to Apple: expect a large screen iPod touch device to be released in the Fall of ‘09, with a 7 or 9 inch screen. Prototypes have been seen and handled by one of our sources, and Apple is talking to OEMs in Asia now about mass production.
Apple has been experimenting internally with large form tablet devices for years, one source says, but there was concern that users wouldn’t like the device. The difference now is the iTunes app store, which has thousands of games and other applications that are perfect for a touch screen device with an accelerometer.
I have always liked the Tablet PC format and to get something like a large iPod touch with a big screen would certainly fit many of my requirements. A stand and support for a Bluetooth keyboard and I would have the perfect mobile device for conferences, events and travelling.
Of course this rumour has been circulating for years and there is every possibility that we will never see an Apple tablet style device. Hope we do though!