Orange Exec Spills Beans On Apple Tablet; To Have 3G & Webcam?

Apple holds great pride in keeping their secrets, preferring to feed us little delicious morsels a little at a time in the form of rumors passed on through the media, but a network executive may have just let the cat out of the bag. Orange Telecom’s second in  command, Stéphane Richard, seems to have confirmed the existence of the Apple Tablet in a televised press conference, confirming a launch this month and even a user-facing webcam. There’s video after the break.

Yes, it’s in French, but luckily we have a translated transcript compiled by Engadget:


Journalist: Selon l’hebdomadaire Le Point, votre partenaire apple va lancer une tablette. (According to the weekly Le point, your partner apple will launch a tablet.)

Exec: Oui. (Yes.)

Journalist: Doté d’une webcam… (Equipped with a webcam…)

Exec: Oui. (Yes)

Journalist: Est-ce-que les usagers d’Orange en bénéficieront aussi? (Will the subscribers of Orange benefit from it too?)

Exec: Bien sur. Ils en bénéficieront, d’autant plus facilement qu’avec la webcam, on pourra se transmettre de l’image en temps réel. On va moderniser en quelque sorte ce visiophone qu’on a connu y a quelques années, et là aussi, la taille du réseau que nous avons mis en place au service des français permettre ces nouveuax usages de se déveloper partout. (Of course. They will benefit, even more easily because with the webcam, we will be able to transmit video in real time. We will modernize in some way this videophone that we have known for some years, and also, the scale of the network that we have put in place in service of the French will allow these new uses to develop everywhere.)

Some believe that Mr. Richard was merely speaking hypothetically, but it certainly sounds conclusive in this context. We would probably have to see the rest of the video to know.

Update: Not surprisingly, the company has released a PR statement explaining that he was only speaking hypothetically, as MocoNews reports:

“These responses in no way reflect Orange’s confirmation of the existence of the rumoured device. The spokesperson was merely confirming that he is aware of the speculation surrounding a launch and that Orange would be delighted to have such a product were it ever to be available.”

[via SlashGear]


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