The rumors of the Apple Tablet have now reached a level of surrealism that makes you think someone from David Lynch’s Twin Peaks is running the show. At any moment the Little Man from Another Place is going to come out, snap his fingers, talk backwards and do a little dance. Make sure to enjoy some coffee with the show.
While there is evidence everywhere you turn that Apple is working on some form of tablet device, the rumors have reached such a preposterous level that you have to seriously start to wonder if people aren’t just messing with one another at this point.
DigiTimes really got the ball rolling today by reporting that the tablet has now been delayed from March until the second half of 2010. The reason for the delay? Well, according to the site, it’s because there will be two versions of the device: a 10.6″ LCD version selling for $800 – $1,000 and a 9.7″ OLED version selling for $2,000. Yes, you read that correctly, $2,000.
This is on top of Peter Kafka from All Things D reporting yesterday that Condé Nast publications is readying a version of Wired magazine for the device that even they admit they aren’t sure it exists.
All of this insanity has prompted Ian Paul at PC World to write an article entitled “The Apple Tablet Is Dead”, and we have to agree. Reporting on rumors of this device has turned into an industry on to itself. It has become like a game of oneupmanship to see who can be the first to report the latest crazy rumor about the mythical Apple Tablet. At this point I am just waiting for someone to declare that each Apple Tablet will be hand delivered by Steve Jobs upon a magical unicorn. Wait … I think someone already reported that one …
While reporting on rumors of upcoming Apple products has turned into something akin to an Olympic sport, the tablet rumors have just reached such a level that you can’t trust any or them now. Like Mr. Paul at PC World, I’m also going to dump the Apple Tablet into the category of “vaporware”. Until Steve Jobs walks out on stage and hoists one of these above his black turtlenecked shoulders, it simply does not exist.