Wall Street Journal Reports Probable iSlate Details

The latest article to dive into the raging torrent of rumors and conjecture surrounding Apple’s as-yet-unannounced tablet computer comes from The Wall Street Journal. It’s filled to the brim with people refusing to confirm or deny facts, and even more full of anonymous sources. But in spite of that, WSJ’s long history and reputation for journalistic integrity has led us to believe that at the very least, they’re reporting on credible information, if not 100% complete.

The article gives numerous details reported by “people familiar with the situation,” including an approximate price point (about $1,000) and the involvement of Electronic Arts as a partner helping to develop projects that prove the tablet is a capable gaming device.

Just as interesting, though perhaps not necessarily for the gaming world, is the evidence that Apple is readying to overhaul the print news and entertainment industry, similar to how the iPod and iTunes revolutionized the music industry. The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple has been in talks with magazine publisher Conde Nast, as well as New York Times Co. and News Corp. They are also potentially looking at a foray into the educational sector with a new venture in textbooks.

There are no details yet as to how Apple is going to price and distribute their new content, but Apple is aiming to position themselves as a middleman between content providers and consumers.

We should have more on the Apple tablet computer after next week’s January 27 press announcement. We’ll especially be keeping an eye out for details on the relationship between EA and the tablet. Are they bringing over a new version of existing iPhone games, or are they working on all-new projects? Will the iSlate be a system of its own, with a separate gaming library from the iPhone’s, or will the two be capable of playing the same games? These are the questions we’re hoping to have answered next week, and we’ll bring you all the details as we get them.

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