At this point we would be hard-pressed to find anyone who still doubts the impending release of an Apple tablet — or even several Apple tablets — but a little more supporting evidence never hurt anyone. Cult of Mac spent some time compiling a collection of conjecture surrounding Snow Leopard and the variety of new touch-friendly features found within. While none of this is concrete proof of the Apple tablet’s existence, combining these tidbits with the plethora of existing evidence leads us to believe that Snow Leopard will be Apple’s tablet OS of choice rather than the iPhone OS as had been rumored. Starting with the most in-your-face evidence, the OS X soft keyboard has gotten a touch-friendly overhaul. As you can see above, the tiny on-screen keyboard from Leopard has been replaced with an expandable board that should end up being very finger-friendly. To see it for yourself, hit System Preferences > Keyboard and then click on “Show Keyboard & Character Viewer in menu bar”. Now just click on “Show Keyboard Viewer” under the menu bar icon and enjoy. Other UI tweaks, such as a new scrolling layout for dock stacks that features nice big icons just begging to be touched, further support the claim that 10.6 will likely find its way to a tablet in the coming months. So boys and girls, any interest in a $700-$800 Macblet running snow cat?
We all certainly remember what happens when sites doubt Gizmodo’s “reliable sources” — Steve Jobs’ health, anyone? As such, a particularly interesting rumor emerged this morning that Apple tablet hopefuls might want to take note of. Citing “a source that has always been 100% reliable”, Giz claims to have been informed that Apple is currently working on 13-inch and 15-inch tablet models in addition to the 10-inch model that is all but confirmed by now. The source states that two prototypes reminiscent of big aluminum iPhones currently sit in a factory in Shenzuen, China. He or she also claims that at least one is confirmed to be running OS X. The source could not confirm whether these units were prototypes of what will ultimately be production models, or simply demo units of some kind. While it’s known that next month’s Apple event will have absolutely nothing to do with tablets, it might be a pretty safe bet that some kind of tablet announcement might not be far behind.