Annotated: The Apple Tablet, Slate

In early September, a resolute Steve Jobs told The Times' David Pogue that Apple had absolutely no plans to create a Kindle-like e-reader. Oddly enough, Jobs said the company was only interested in general-purpose devices because "people just probably aren't willing to pay for a dedicated device." This from the guy who created the iPod?

Either way, analysts are loath to believe the man. Just a few products and services Jobs and his minions flat-out rejected before eventually launching include FM radio built into iPods, video iPods ("It's about the music, stupid."), and, yes, cell phones.

Click to launch The Apple Tablet. Slate (Flash, 104 KB)

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