It is just a matter of hours now to know the truth on iPad or iSlate devices, whatever the name will be… and I’ll be here updating you for sure.
In the meantime, Peter Farago, VP of of Marketing at Flurry, noted that his company believes the devices running iPhone OS 3.2 are Apple tablets because the hardware, when asked via software, did not identify itself as an iPhone. He also said that some devices testing iPhone OS 4.0 have been spotted — but they leave the Cupertino campus, while those running iPhone OS 3.2 do not.
“If you were able to see the data we see, at the level of granularity,” Farago said, “it would be clear to you as well.”
“Historically, tablet devices have been considered substitutes for anything where workers use clipboards, note pads or day runners,” the report said. “In more industrial settings, they could be used for inventory management, taking purchase orders or data entry. However, there was a surprising dearth of applications that support these use cases. Instead, the largest category was games. ”
For months, rumors of Apple’s intent to have the tablet focus partially on e-books and news have persisted. Last week alone, multiple reports suggested the hardware maker was in negotiations with book publisher HarperCollins, educational publisher McGraw-Hill, trade book publisher Hachette Book Group, and potentially six of the largest trade publishers in the U.S.