A French Orange and an Apple tablet?
Zut alors! Has an executive from the French telecoms company Orange just let the cat out of the bag about Apple's tablet computer? It's a product which, so far, exists only in the feverish speculation of bloggers and journalists.
Now, at least according to a French blog, this may all have changed. Orange's Stephane Richard, in an interview with Europe 1, has apparently revealed that the tablet will be unveiled by Apple within days. Speaking to Jean-Pierre Elkabbach - the French equivalent of David Dimbleby or Jeremy Paxman - Mr Richard seems to have said this:
Elkabbach: Selon l'hebdomadaire Le Point, dans quelques jours, votre partenaire Apple va lancer une tablette dotee d'une webcam?
Elkabbach: Est-ce que les usagers d'Orange en beneficieront aussi?
Richard: Bien sur. Ils en beneficieront d'autant plus facilement qu'avec la webcam on pourra en effet se transmettre de l'image en temps reel.
This translates as follows:
Elkabbach: According to the magazine Le Point, in a few days your partners at Apple will launch a tablet equipped with a webcam?
Elkabbach: Will Orange customers get to use it?
Richard: Of course. Especially since the webcam gives you real-time video streaming.
If the tablet - or iSlate - is being launched in late January, Apple is likely to have briefed some of its key customers around the world by now, while making them sign non-disclosure agreements in blood.
If all is as it seems, Steve Jobs will not look kindly on this leak - so perhaps Orange customers may not beneficier after all.