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One-piece Apple Tablet computer out today

With the widely anticipated introduction of a tablet computer at an event here on Wednesday morning, Apple may be giving the media industry a kind of time machine — a chance to undo past mistakes.

business Updated: Jan 27, 2010 09:40 IST
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With the widely anticipated introduction of a tablet computer at an event here on Wednesday morning, Apple may be giving the media industry a kind of time machine — a chance to undo past mistakes.

Almost all Western media firms have run aground in the Internet Age.

The Apple tablet will be a one-piece computer with a touch screen, probably larger than an iPhone but smaller than a laptop. While attention has been paid to its possibilities as a web-surfing, video-watching machine, a multi-purpose tablet also could help the publishing industry fend off Kindle.

Those who’ve seen the tablet say Apple will market it not just as a way to read books and other material but also as a way for firms to charge for that content — by marrying its slick software and slender designs with the iTunes payment system.

The tablet will run all music and video applications of the iPhone and iPod Touch, have a persistent wireless connection over 3G cellphone networks and Wi-Fi and a 10-inch colour display, allowing newspapers, magazines and book publishers to deliver products with an eye to design.