Rumors are heating up about an Apple tablet computer - an iTablet.
According to rumors, the iTablet will be a big brother to the iPhone, offering a large multitouch screen, but retaining the iPhone's portability and flexibility as a platform.
If the rumors pan out, the iTablet could be the biggest news in music in 2010. Here's why.
The JazzMutant Lemur has wowed people with its pioneering multitouch interface for music-making, but has had limited adoption because of its price. An iTablet could bring offer similar ergonomic benefits, but at a mass market price.
Here's an example of the Lemur in action:
An iTablet would offer a blank slate for developers, so it could be a synthesizer, an effect, a music game, a control surface, a matrix sequencer or anything else developers come up with.
iPhone applications were one of the most interesting music software trends of 2009 - but making music on a device the size of the iPhone is fiddly. A larger Apple touchscreen device could offer the flexibility of the iPhone/iPod touch platform, but in a much more usable format.
An iTablet purchase would be easier to justify than some other music gear purchases, because the iTablet would have uses outside the studio, such as acting as an ereader, GPS navigator or as a media player.
While the iTablet sounds exciting, it's still just a rumor. We'll find out if there's anything to these rumors in 2010.
What do you think of the rumored iTablet? Could it change the way we make music?