We've been hearing rumors about the 10” iTablet for weeks now. Today Gizmodo adds 13” and 15” versions to the mix. They've received word from a source that they say has always been 100% reliable that Apple has 13” and 15” prototype tablets under development. The gadgets were spotted in a factory in Shenzuen, China.
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When asked, the source did not know if they were demonstration units, test units, or preproduction units. He described them as being made of aluminium and shaped like giant iPhones. He stated that one of them ran Mac OS X 10.5. While all of the initial iTablet rumors stated that the iPhone OS would power the iTablet, this isn't the first time we've heard dissent to that fact. If these things are supposed to have netbook levels of functionality or better, OS X makes much more sense.
The factory constructing these prototypes was apparently one with a close relationship to Apple, but the source was adamant that it was not FoxConn. These new sizes of iTablet could point towards a whole 'iTablet line' being released. Much like the MacBook Pro line, there would be different sizes of iTablet each with different levels of computing power. A 15” tablet could pack substantially more hardware in it than a 10” one could.
It's also entirely possible (even likely) that these were just demonstration units, and that only 10” tablets will be released when the time comes. Apple could have decided larger sizes were too unwieldy, or they could decide to wait to see how the 10” sells before announcing other sizes.
Any iTablet rumor must be met with a certain level of healthy scepticism. That said, Gizmodo is a very reliable site, and if they say they trust the source of the rumor that is a big point in favor of this being true. Don't go gallivanting down the street in celebration of your soon-to-be new toy quite yet. Until Apple announces it, the iTablet is just as ephemeral as Duke Nukem Forever.