Apple iTablet could save newspapers, David Carr says


Local-crackhead-made-good David Carr had a very interesting column in the New York Times on Sunday.

He points to rumors of a new iPod tablet and suggests how they might save the newspaper industry.

"Expect a large screen iPod touch device to be released in the fall of '09, with a 7 or 9 inch screen," the item suggested.

The device would allow scanning of pages with a flick of the finger. It sounds promising for newspapers and magazines. Now all we need is a business model to go with it.

I'm not sure it is the way to save the newspaper industry (though it does make the newspaper industry more of a vital service than ever). But think of these possibilities for functionality:

Apple has been experimenting internally with large form tablet devices for years, one source says, but there was concern that users wouldn't like the device. The difference now is the iTunes app store, which has thousands of games and other applications that are perfect for a touch screen device with an accelerometer. Apple says more than 300 million applications have been downloaded since the App Store launched in July 2008. Combine the App Store, iTunes and a browser and you have one heck of a device.