Ready for the tablet computer?

It hasn’t been introduced yet, but Apple’s tablet computer should have plenty of apps to run when it is.

The New York Times is reporting that the tablet Apple is widely expected to introduce Wednesday will run applications designed for the iPhone. That’s based on data that an app-tracking company is picking up from devices in use around Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.

What’s more, the larger screen — most likely 10 inches diagonally — and other features of the tablet could inspire developers to create new twists on apps, like games that two or more people can easily play at once on the same device, the Times reports.

“Given the success of the iPhone, developers are going to start devoting resources to developing for the bigger format,” Gene Munster, a senior research analyst at Piper Jaffray, told the Times. “The larger screen really plays to the imagination and clearly gives app developers a new kind of canvas.”

How much will all the potential apps influence your decision to buy a tablet?

Are you postponing a purchase of the iPhone or a computer until you see more details of the tablet later this week? Is this a big deal to you?

Or are you sticking with what you already have?

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iphonewanter

January 25th, 2010
11:49 am

Is the iphone going to come to verizon wednesday?

Blazer

January 25th, 2010
1:27 pm

I’m excited about it. I would love a larger version of my iPhone. It would make web browsing easier, as well as viewing movies. Try watching Baby Mama on your iPhone. And I would love to view my Bible app on a larger screen. I just hope it’s not too expensive because why would I pay $800-$1000 for what is essentially a media device when you can get an Windows laptop for $600 or a Macbook for $1000 that have a lot more computing power.

pt

January 25th, 2010
3:07 pm

Don’t care. Too big to replace the cell phone and not practical for replacing the home PC. In addition, 1st generation Apply hardware is always ultra-expensive.

Fridawg

January 25th, 2010
4:27 pm

I personally don’t like the ipod, iphone, etc… They are overpriced and generally lead you into using the apple software. Personally, I think PC’s, mp3 players, etc… are more flexible and can be used in more ways. Of course, you might not look as cool as the iphone crowd, but you have the same functionality for less. Apple is good at setting the bar. I’ll be excited to see how the competition responds.

talk2kirb

January 25th, 2010
4:29 pm

Apple shares have been halted…is this due to the ITC starting the investigation regarding Nokia’s claim of infringment?

Joanna

January 25th, 2010
4:33 pm

Just bought a new custom Macbook, but I have no regrets. I find it’s better to wait until the second generation of a new product when the first generation bugs are out of the system. I will only get an Iphone when Verizon is the carrier.

Gerald

January 25th, 2010
4:34 pm

I love my laptop, don’t need a giant iphone.

Chaz

January 25th, 2010
4:39 pm

Apple does things right. If it’s less than $700 (and doesn’t require a cellphone contract), I’m in.

As soon as I get a job, that is.

Scott

January 25th, 2010
4:49 pm

Apple shares have been halted for after hour trading because of their earnings release (happening right now) and the knee jerk reactions investors seem to have with Apple announcements. Typical scenario for earnings announcements that can generate big swings.

Kenbud

January 25th, 2010
4:51 pm

Rumors are that Apple will also end its exclusivity with AT&T and the iPhone contract on Wednesday ….. http://www.macrumors.com …. Hey Henry!

KC

January 25th, 2010
5:16 pm

I’m sticking with what I have (an iPhone and MacBook Pro) I don’t get the idea of a tablet computer. Its too large and unpractical to carry around like a phone yet its not a laptop either. As good as computers are they have not replaced paper and until they do I do not see the advantage of a tablet computer nor would I want to read a book or magazine article on a tablet computer.

Chris

January 25th, 2010
5:16 pm

Speculation is it will use WiFi for data, so mobile contract would not be needed.

Even if you don’t buy iPod’s or iPhone’s, you have to understand that Apple has shaped tremendously the personal music player space (which they continue to dominate) as well as the smartphone market.

Even if you don’t buy their products, you benefit from their work because they force the competition to try to keep up and enhance their products. For example, in the iPhone’s 2nd or 3rd year(?) finally there is competition that is almost comparable (Droid, Nexus One).

tony

January 25th, 2010
5:38 pm

Fridawg, your position is at least 10 yrs stale. Overpriced is usually code word for “I can’t afford it”. If you think Apple is just a fashion statement, you are a bitter fool.

Lemming #2456

January 25th, 2010
5:42 pm

I’ll buy one, simply because it’s from Apple. Because they make the coolest stuff, and it verifies my identity (as a cool person). Nobody comes close, they tell us this all the time. I wonder if it’s too late to grab my spot in line at the Apple Store!

RH

January 25th, 2010
5:56 pm

“Overpriced is usually code word for “I can’t afford it”. If you think Apple is just a fashion statement, you are a bitter fool.”

tony – the wealthiest people are usually the most frugal and don’t need or want trappings like iPhones, etc.

Fishawk

January 25th, 2010
5:59 pm

Had the iPhone; now have google’s android. Preferable in so many ways. looking for a new phone; check out android.

If you're a Tech fan....

January 25th, 2010
6:09 pm

((((((30-24)))))) Yeah, baby!!!!!!!!!!!!

DHD

January 25th, 2010
6:12 pm

What was the score if you’re NOT a Tech fan? Moron.

Gary B.

January 25th, 2010
6:14 pm

Can’t wait to see what Apple’s latest creation is ! Not sure if I will purchase one, but I’ll have to see exactly what this device is and what it can do first….but I have a feeling it’s gonna be a very hot device that people will lust over !

Shannon, M.Div.

January 25th, 2010
6:21 pm

I agree with PT. I’m wondering if Apple’s new tablet is going to try to compete with the Kindle. If so, I’m a bit disheartened–I’m waiting for a big dog to leap into that market who *isn’t* going to still own my copies of books after I buy them. I want to be able to take my books elsewhere if I switch devices in thirty years.

TO: If you're a Tech fan...

January 25th, 2010
7:17 pm

try focusing on beating Florida…I don’t think Tech is keeping you out of the SECCG …

Duane

January 25th, 2010
8:33 pm

I am waiting to see what the announcement are re: iPhone and iSlate and other Apple related news.

Chaz

January 25th, 2010
10:03 pm

Paper? What is this ‘paper’ you speak of?

frOGman

January 26th, 2010
6:28 am

I live in vermont and my AT&T service up here works damn great..I switched from
verizon to get an iPhone like many others and AT&T is a way simpler company to use. I also have a Macbook Pro and have used apple forever..I’m not to computer saavy and the Tablet is a perfect tool for what I use a computer for, I barely can work everything on my MacBook and the Tablet seems perfect for me regardless of price..can’t wait

Wise Old Man

January 26th, 2010
5:08 pm

I find that many opinionated, derogatory comments about Apple or Microsoft products are made by people who are using one product but have never used the other. I use a Mac and a Windows machine and I see that there are pros and cons to each. Some of the stuff from the old days was pretty silly. Remember these? “Real men use DOS.” “A Mac is just a toy.”

The iPhone is a great product as far as I am concerned. Otherwise, I miss my old Verizon service.

I think we have to wait and see on the Apple table. I will give it a couple of years and see what happens with it and competing products.