Through the years, we've seen and heard a lot of rumors about an Apple PDA and even smart phone but what the The Register is reporting today sounds far more than just a rumor:
Apple has filed for a European design trademark which may provide a tantalising glimpse of the company's long-awaited tablet computer.
The filing, made in May this year but only published this week, covers a "handheld computer" and contains sketches of what look like an iBook screen minus the body of the computer.
The paperwork was handled by Leeds, UK-based patent and trademark attorneys Urquhart-Dykes and Lord.
The filing lists Apple CEO Steve Jobs and the company's industrial design chief, Jonathan Ive. It also refers to Daniele De Iuliis, Richard Howarth, Eugene Whang, Matthew Rohrbach, Bart Andre, Calvin Seid and Christopher Stringer all of key members of Apple's industrial design team, with the Power Mac G5, iPod, 17in and 12in PowerBook G4, and others under their belt.
Hints that Apple might be working on such a product emerged in 2003 when a source close to Taiwanese contract manufacturer Quanta claimed that the company had been hired by Apple to build what was dubbed a "wireless display".
Okay, whatever the sketches above are about, they doesn't looks like a traditional keyboard based computer/Mac but much more like a kind of "Tablet PC" (or maybe a PDA?).
I recommend to give The Feature story a read since it is really interesting to read.
Cheers ~ Arne
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