Apple’s iPod touch 2G was little more than an anti-jailbreak update to the original iPod touch which also reduced prices significantly – the real new box is rumored to be romping around Apple’s labs currently.
TechCrunch cites multiple sources citing the following:
expect a large screen iPod touch device to be released in the Fall of ‘09, with a 7 or 9 inch screen. Prototypes have been seen and handled by one of our sources, and Apple is talking to OEMs in Asia now about mass production.
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
As I have heard Apple tablet rumors for literally years (and am not sure if iPod touch apps will scale well), I don’t hold my breath too much.
Manufacturers can afford to produce prototype tablet devices with ease: while I don’t doubt the existence of the devices mentiones, I am not too sure if they will ever hit the road…