The rumours around an Apple tablet device, and with tablet device I mean an iPod Touch but larger, have been circling around the internet for a long time now. As usual, Apple’s secretive nature means we know absolutely nothing for sure. In the meantime, Micheal Arrington, who quit his iPhone in favour of an Android headset out of frustration with Apple, and Fusion Garage have been working on their own tablet device. The release date is getting closer, and the specifications are – allegedly – actually here.
The alleged specifications come from The Straits Times from Singapore, home base for Fusion Garage. Fusion Garage is the team working on the CrunchPad, and they gave an exclusive sneak preview to The Straits Times. The device is supposed to ship in November, and is totally geared towards the cloud. Here’s the specifications list:
As you can see, there’s no local storage, not even an SD card slot. This means that the device is really engineered towards the
cloud internet, as it assumes you will always have an internet connection so you can save your stuff. Software-wise, it’s a browser-based operating system which uses the WebKit rendering engine and the Linux kernel. It has an on-screen keyboard, and features touch gestures for day-to-day operation.
Several other previously mentioned things are no longer on the alleged list – microphone, microphone, webcam, and so on. At an alleged 399 USD, this is a lot of money for such a device, but I must say it does have a certain appeal. However, will it be able to compete with any possible Apple tablet? Time will tell.
It looks like an alright device, but for that price, I’d rather just get a netbook. I like my data to be where I am, so I’m more than a little biased against this “cloud” bullshit.