Apple confirms the existence of the Tablet


Last last year we reported that Apple was ready to launch their version of the Tablet.  Since then the blogosphere has been busy reporting on what features this potential new product may have.  Many have also opined what this means for Apple.

Apple, however, has been characteristically quiet. 

Until now. has confirmed what many Apple fans and observers have known for a while:  That the Apple Tablet does exist.  The website reported that the legal team that works for Apple sent the fine folks at Valleywag a cease and desist order based on a scavenger hunt they initiated.

Here is a bit about what Gizmodo reported:

Apple has indirectly confirmed the existence of their rumored Tablet after Valleywag started a scavenger hunt for evidence, offering up to $100,000 for photos, videos, or a chance to play with it.

Here’s what their lawyers sent:

While Apple values and appreciates vibrant public commentary about its products, we believe you and your company have crossed the line by offering a bounty for the theft of Apple’s trade secrets. Such an offer is illegal and Apple insists that you immediately discontinue the Scavenger Hunt.

The information you are willing to pay for, such as photos of a yet-to-be released product, constitutes Apple trade secrets.


Apple has maintained the types of information and things you are soliciting—”how it’ll work, its size, the name, the software,” as well as any possible details about the product’s appearance, features, and physical samples—in strict confidence.”


What do you think?  Does this letter prove that the Tablet exists?  Or is Apple throwing us a swerve?