With Mere Hours Left Before Apple’s Announcement, Here’s My Wild Tablet Predictions

Well, we are mere hours away from Apple announcing something, I know not what, in San Francisco this morning. If they don’t announce some kind of cool tablet type device, it will be interesting to watch their stock price plummet (it generally goes down a bit on announcement days, btw). Based on various reports, however, it looks like the tablet is a done deal…

MacRumors: McGraw-Hill CEO Confirms Apple Tablet, iPhone OS Based, Going to Be “Terrific”

Los Angeles Times: IPhone game developer redesigns app for Apple tablet with no assurance of its existence

So, here’s my completely wild guesses regarding the Apple tablet announcement:

– It will be available in two sizes: 7 (perhaps 8) inch and 10 inch displays. Most people will buy the larger device only to learn later that the smaller model is more practical to carry around
– The tablets will be priced at $699 and $899
– It will be 3G enabled
– It will be supported by multiple wireless carrierrs (AT&T & Verizon, maybe T-Mobile too)
Buyers will NOT be forced to choose a carrier and pay for a plan (wishful thinking on my part)
– There will NOT be a Kindle-like WhisperNet service
– It will run unmodified current generation iPhone apps in either some expanded view mode or in a screen quadrant
– Kindle for iPhone, Stanza, and other ebook readers will work fine on it. eBook manufacturers everywhere will start crying for hours on end
– Apple will still not allow the use of physical Bluetooth keyboards
– Apple will provide some kind of tactile feedback for the tablet’s screen keyboard
– A “cloud” component will be introduced for iWork to make it easy to mobilize Pages, Numbers, and Keynote documents
– Magazine publishers will overcharge for their content and be surprised by the underwhelming response
– The Online Apple Store will crash within minutes of re-opening due to hundreds of thousands of attempts to pre-order a unit

Assuming each wild prediction above is worth one point, let’s see how close I come to zero points for my predictions.