On Wednesday morning, we published a list of some of the good, the bad, and the ugliest rumors leading up to Apple's iPad release. Now that we know most, if not everything, about it, let's take a look at how some of the rumors panned out.
Rumor: Apple's latest gadget would be a touch-screen tablet. Outcome: Apple's iPad ended up looking a whole lot like what we saw in the patent applications.
Rumor: The tablet operating system would be based on the iPhone OS Outcome: Very real. The iPad shares the iPhone's software development kit, or SDK, and can even run the same applications. It simply scales apps that have been designed for the smaller screen up to its 1024x768-pixel resolution.
Rumor: The tablet would be called the iSlate. Outcome: False. Apple seems to have just been covering its bases with the iSlate trademark application and domain grab. This is kind of like buying alternate top-level domains when starting a Web site. That said, Apple could bring this name to a future product--be it hardware or software.
Rumor: The tablet would be called the iPad. Outcome: Ding ding ding. Despite initial observations that Apple could be in for a legal battle, due to Fujitsu owning the iPad trademark, that's what Apple ended up going with. This could end up being problematic. Bloomberg reports that Apple's decision to go ahead with the iPad name, despite Fujitsu's trademark ownership, could lead to big legal battle. It could also have a similar outcome to the iPhone trademark battle it had with Cisco Systems.
Still, kudos go to iLounge for getting the name, along with a handful of other details, correct in September of last year.
Rumor: The tablet would include textbooks. Outcome: Real, but almost entirely skipped over in Apple's big unveiling. Part of the reason for that could have been the big slip by McGraw-Hill Chairman and CEO Terry McGraw, who the night before had told CNBC that 95 percent of his company's content was ready to go for the Apple tablet.
Nonetheless, textbooks will be sold through Apple's new iBooks store, though details are scarce about whether Apple has worked the kind of pricing magic with which Amazon.com has been so aggressive in trying to get similar content available for its Kindle e-book reader.… Read more