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Old 30th March 2003
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Apple are up to something

March 29, 2003
Details: New Apple Mini-Tablet Enclosure

We have received surprisingly detailed information about the small injection molded enclosure previously mentioned here. Our plastics contact has given us sufficient details to realize that this product is some sort of mini-tablet device. And, it has just gone into actual production.

What we have been told by a technical source inside the company injecting the enclosure is:

- It is 132mm high, 188mm wide, and 24.6mm thick.

- The front face is completely open, other than a 7.5mm bezel.

- The top edge has an 18mm x 106mm recessed well (no door). The recessed surface is 7mm deep, and is being molded with 4 through-holes for PCB-mounted connectors.

- The underside has two compartment openings; one is 66mm x 106mm; no cover is being injected at the same plant. The other is 24mm x 66mm with a "flip open" door; this door is being injected at the same plant. The recess behind the flip-open door is being molded with just two, "small, rectangular" openings, not recognized as any standard connector size.

- The right edge of the enclosure has a round and a rectangular through-hole, described only as "small."

- Stand-off and other interior details of the enclosure indicate that it uses one motherboard, an LCD module, and has a snap-in, removable battery on its back face.

- The enclosure has just now gone into actual production in "large quantities."

As difficult as it is, we will not speculate beyond the information reported. The data presented here is from a previously known reliable source with confirmed access to this type of information. In our conversation, he expressed amazement that "Apple would be building a device of this type."

MacWhispers Analysis

We were not able to obtain drawings or photos. However, taking the given dimensions and doing even a quick sketch shows what is a truly unique mini-tablet form factor product. What OS it runs, what it does, what it costs... all of these are details requiring substantially more digging. But, whatever the answers to these questions, we have verified one thing: It's real. It's already being built. And, it's coming soon to an Apple reseller near you.


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