I am amused by the steady drumbeat of rumors about the forthcoming Apple tablet. Before anyone gets too excited about what they’ve read, it might be instructive to go back and look at previous rumors. Here, for example, is a supposed mock-up of the iPhone, published by a now-defunct fan site in December 2006, only a month before the actual iPhone was publicly unveiled:
Love that slide-out keyboard. Whatever happened to it?
This mock-up is from a month earlier. Classic!
That one turned out to be part of a "viral marketing campaign." In other words, a hoax.
And here’s a rumored iPhone ad, previewed in August 2006. Funny, I don’t remember seeing this one.
When you see pundits talking confidently about how Apple is going to revolutionize computing with its new iWhatever, just remember how wrong they’ve been in the past.
Anyone looking forward to buying a Tablet PC from Apple?
Update: A colleague points to MacLife’s amusing History of the Apple Tablet Rumor, originally produced last summer and much in need of updating…