An industry rumor and a change in an Apple subsidiary are more signs that the buzz about Apple working on a new tablet computer is true. In fact, one of them is a good sign that the tablet will be here sooner rather than later.
Sylvie Barak at TD Daily says that the rumor on the floor of the Consumer Electronics Show was that Apple has been quietly sucking up the available supply of 10-inch touch screens in both LCD and OLED. An anonymous source at the CES event told Barak that the near-future 10-inch screens have all been pre-ordered by Apple and Asian suppliers have nothing for anyone else.
Of course, if Apple has really bought up all of the LCD and OLED screens available, it would mean they plan to sell a lot of tablets. On the order of four million or more per year, to be precise.
Another angle comes from MacRumors.com, which points out that Fingerworks, a company Apple bought up about five years ago, only just now removed the content from their website regarding gesture-based interfaces and multi-touch keyboard technologies. That could be another sign that the tablet is on its way, integrating these technologies in its design.
That is confirmed with more information from Richi Jennings at Computerworld, who puts together a nice roundup of the rumors and innuendo surrounding the Fingerworks-Apple and tablet PC tie-ins.
While all of these are just more pieces to the puzzle of rumors that surround Apple’s (possible) plans for a tablet computer, everything known so far seems to point towards a likely announcement in the next month. If Apple is already purchasing hardware for the tablets, they’ll be coming sooner rather than later, of course. A timely announcement towards the end of this first quarter would be a great stock booster for the tech giant as well.