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Apple iPad to be Steve Jobs’ welcome back gift?

You may recall the Crystal Ball: Apple’s $599 “iPad Touch” Netbook (with pictures) article last year in which I mocked up the forthcoming Apple iPad. Although it turns out I wasn’t the first with this idea (further proof it’s got legs) I wasn’t the last either, with the Wall Street Journal claiming that “people privy to the company’s strategy say Apple is working on new iPhone models and a portable device that is smaller than its current laptop computers but bigger than the iPhone or iPod Touch” in Jobs Maintains Grip at Apple. Add to that the mysterious 10-inch touchscreen order and you arrive at something not too far from what you see above.

When will all this happen? Well Steve Jobs is due back in June, coincidentally the same time as the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) 2009 which runs June 8-12 in San Francisco. In addition to Snow Leopard then it looks like us Mac junkies will have a[t least one] new toy to play with. This is great news even if only because while surfing the Internet on the iPhone is possible, it’s hardly pleasurable.

By Sam Johnston

Sam Johnston CMgr FIML GAICD MACS Snr CP is an Australian technology executive and serial entrepreneur with over 20 years experience founding and advising startups, and in leadership roles at top global technology companies including Citrix, Google, and Equinix.

Sam is currently the director of labs at DXC Technology, whose mission is to ensure the company is fully equipped with the emerging digital technologies it needs to lead clients through accelerating change, including drones, robotics & humanoids, 3D printing, computer vision & voice, augmented & virtual reality, artificial intelligence & machine learning, blockchain, chatbots, and quantum computing.

Sam has a bachelor of computer science degree from the University of New South Wales, and is based in Singapore, having worked in Australia, Asia, Europe, and the USA.