Update: I’ve scored my predictions below against reality,
striking out ones I missed. Not to brag, but the only major items I missed were the keyboard dock (I didn’t think it would have one) and the name. Not too shabby!
The hype is almost overwhelming now. Even for me. You’ve read up on what all the big thinkers have to say about an Apple Tablet device. If you’re like me, you’ve had endless conversations with friends and acquaintances about which rumors you think are true, and which ones aren’t.
You might as well formalize your predictions. I found this awesome PDF Prediction Score Card that David Weiss made, which you can print out, mark whether you think all the predictions are Correct or Incorrect, and then grade yourself after the announcement.
But printing stuff out on dead trees? Ugh. Isn’t there an app for that? Turns out there is. Weiss’ iPhone app Prediction just hit the App Store ($2.99, but worth it IMO) lets you make your own call on predictions for not only Apple’s event, but other upcoming tech stuff like MWC and Google I/O (all stuff I happen to be interested in). The interface is great, and auto-grading after an event takes place is much better than checking your own work on a paper list.
This time tomorrow, we’ll all know what the deal is. Time for the last few breathless hours of speculation.
This is almost bigger than Christmas for me. My nerves can hardly take it.
For the record, here are my predictions (emailed/exported from the Prediction app). I’ll grade them after the event.
stricken text means I got my prediction wrong):
Apple Tablet Supports Flash: Wrong
Tablet Has Textbook Content: Partially Correct
Tablet Dev API Based on Cocoa Touch: Correct
Tablet Size Between 10 and 11 Inches: Partially Correct
Tablet Plays Video Content: Correct
Tablet Has Docking Mechanism: Partially Correct
Indie Content for Tablet: Correct
Tablet Book, Newspaper and Magazine Content: Correct
Tablet Runs Existing iPhone Apps: Correct
Apple Tablet SDK Announced: Correct
Tablet Has Cell Phone Internet Capability: Correct
Apple Tablet Announced: Correct
Tablet Plays Music Content: Correct
Tablet OS Is a New OS: Correct
Tablet Has TV Content: Partially Correct
Tablet Has a Tactile Keyboard: Wrong
Tablet Apps Only from the App Store: Correct
Apple Tablet Has Hardware Keyboard Option: Wrong (it does, in fact, have a hardware keyboard dock, as well as Bluetooth keyboard support)
Tablet Has Built-In Camera: Correct
Tablet Ships in March 2010: Correct
Tablet named iPad: Wrong
Tablet Priced Around $1000: Partially Correct
Tablet named iBook: Wrong
Tablet named Apple iTablet: Wrong
iPhone OS 4.0 Announced: Correct (it was version 3.2, not 4.0)
T-Mobile Support for iPhone or Tablet: Wrong
Verizon Support for iPhone or Tablet: Wrong
New iLife and iWork Suites Released: Correct (only new iWork for iPad)
Bing on the iPhone: Wrong
Tablet named Apple tablet: Wrong
Paint App on Tablet: Partially Correct (the Brushes demo was awesome, but it’s 3rd party)
Tablet named Canvas: Correct (missed this one!)
Tablet named iSlate: Wrong
AT&T Exclusive Contract for iPhone Ends: Wrong
Tablet named iGuide: Wrong
Touch Screen Macs: Wrong
Apple Announces an iTunes Web App: Wrong