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Google China Ex-President Says Apple Tablet Is a 10.1-Inch iPhone With Webcam

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Kai-fu Lee, ex-president of Google China, is known for being well-connected with Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn, and lately he's been blogging about the Apple Table. Apparently it looks like a big iPhone with a webcam and an incredible user interface.

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According to Gadget Mix's translation of Lee's microblog:

The Apple Tablet looks like a bigger iPhone that sports an awesome UI packed in a beautiful 10.1-inch screen. The tablet combines the functions of both netbook and kindle, an ebook reader. It has virtual keyboard for text entry and a webcam for video conferencing

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This information confirms what we've heard so far and Lee's connections make him rather believable. So the fact that he adds that Apple will be making 10 million units of this tablet in the first year indicates high expectations for the launch, whenever it may come. [Kai-Fu Lee via Gadget Mix via Engadget]

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kaisermachead
kaisermachead

Yep, now I definitely have no interest in this thing. If you already have an iPhone or iPod touch, what purpose will this serve? Will it be powerful enough to have its own line of applications that are more feature packed and run them in the background? Being a larger device, it can easily afford some interface voodoo to make that happen. The big problem still, is the fact that it will be closed off from the "open" software environment that full OS X enjoys. Who gives a shit about this tablet if all it's going to run is what's available in the app store? No thanks. Thanks Chinese Google dude. You ruined everything!

Edit: kevinl makes a good point about him not actually mentioning it running iPhone OS. I hope that's not the case, but you know those wacky folks at Apple.