The Register speculates on Apple’s rumored redefining print, and the possibility of using Apple’s under construction $1bn data center.
Although Adobe Air is currently promoted as a web-application platform, there's no reason why it couldn't also be used as the foundation for presenting content downloaded from Apple's übersuccessful App Store - or, for that matter, streamed from Apple's $1bn data center, now under construction in North Carolina.
Gizmodo is the one who has the scoop on Apple Tablet rumors.
Steve Jobs said people don't read any more. But Apple is in talks with several media companies rooted in print, negotiating content for a "new device." And they're not just going for e-books and mags. They're aiming to redefine print.
Several years ago, a modified version of OS X was presented to Steve Jobs, running on a multitouch tablet. When the question "what would people do with this?" couldn't be answered, they shelved it. Long having established music, movie and TV content, Apple is working hard to load up iTunes with print content from several major publishing houses across several media.
Two people related to the NYTimes have separately told me that in June, paper was approached by Apple to talk about putting the paper on a "new device." The R&D labs have long worked on versions of the paper meant to be navigated without a keyboard or mouse, showing up on Windows tablets and on multiple formats using Adobe Air. The NYTimes, of course, also publishes via their iPhone application. Jobs has, during past keynotes, called the NYTimes the "best newspaper in the world."