Some guy has posted this video, saying it’s the Apple tablet in action. I’d go crazy here for a minute, and say that this is as fake as the iPhone 3G images with 99.9 per cent certainty. And this is why…
First, if it finally materialises, the Apple tablet will be modal: That means one application open at a time, taking the whole screen, not multiple windows. And certainly, not multiple windows each with its own stupid mini-keyboard attached. That would not only be illogical. It would be absolutely stupid.
The fact is that Apple has discovered a gold mine with the iPhone and the iPod touch. People who usually are not into computers—who actively hate computers—love the iPhone OS because it’s so simple. Its modal nature transforms the device in different tools depending on the application that loads, all following the same basic UI conventions. It’s a different mentality that some computer users don’t understand, but the zillions of consumers out there love it. That’s why the iPhone, the iPod touch, and the application store is such a success.
Otherwise, it’s bound to be an inelegant failure, an awkward transvestite of a device. And we know what el Señor Steve thinks about that.
The logical explanation to this cleverly done video? I think it’s just multiple instances of a disguised iPhone emulator. If that. In any case, hopefully everything will be clear in September. Until then, I think this video calls for the: