Hereâ€™s the thimbleful of information I have heard regarding The Tablet (none of which has changed in six months): The Tablet project is real, it has you-know-whoâ€™s considerable undivided attention, and everyone working on it has dropped off the map. I donâ€™t know anyone who works at Apple who doubts these things; nor do I know anyone at Apple who knows a whit more. I donâ€™t know anyone whoâ€™s seen the hardware or the software, nor even anyone who knows someone else who has seen the hardware or software.
As always, Gruber's thoughts are excellent and level headed. I have a feeling he is on the mark with this new device — why think small when Apple has been working to think so big for so long (at least under Jobs). The Apple I and II, the original Mac, the PowerBook, the iPod, and the iPhone all were ideas that changed how we took advantage of technology … there is no reason to believe that Apple would do it any differently this time. When it shows up, I can't see it simply being a big iPod Touch or a crappy tablet MacBook … it'll change things.