Very soon, we’ll know whether Apple has changed the world again. The company has scheduled a press conference for 1 p.m. Eastern time today. For months now, the rumor mills and blogosphere have been abuzz with speculation that Apple will debut a new class of device based on the iPod Touch and an updated version of the iPhone OS that uses a larger screen (10 or 11 inches diagonal, perhaps 7) to provide a multitouch, gesture-based media slate for e-books, electronic magazines, Web browsing, video playback, and apps.
In other words, if the rumors are right, this device won’t be a tablet-style MacBook running Mac OS X with handwriting recognition added à la the failed generations of Windows tablet PCs. Instead, it will be a device for presenting, finding, and organizing media content, as well as running the wide of apps that iPhone users now enjoy. It should also run existing iPhone apps.
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