Wow! I just heard something crazy. Are you ready? Apple might be introducing a new tablet computing device. Maybe even this week.
All right, enough joking; we've all been force-fed a steady diet of Apple tablet talk for weeks now. We know everything there is to speculate about the deified device - the iSlate, iPad, iTablet or iWishAppleWouldAnnounceThisThing. (Take your pick.)
But what if we could see an actual advert for Apple's larger-than-life creation? A real one, leaked from the airtight walls of Cupertino?
The Apple Tablet video
Amidst the unavoidable Apple tablet mania - did you hear that someone just published "proof" of the tablet's existence? - a French blog has uploaded a video to YouTube entitled "APPLE IPAD aka ISLATE TABLET AD?!" The clip, as its title suggests, shows what appears to be an advert for the thus-far-unconfirmed Apple tablet.
The video features lines of text fading in over splotches of paint (similar to the ones seen in Apple's cryptic media event invitation). "After 10 years of development," the text says, "a revolution in personal computing. iPad. Spring 2010."
The clip has been picked up by various tech blogs and described as a possible Apple tablet advertisement. These blogs, however, missed one crucial piece of information.
The problem with the 'Apple Tablet advert'
Click over to the site from which the video originated and you'll find a story entitled 'An advertisement for Apple Tablet aka iPad'. Translate the page into English, and you'll see the following line of text directly above the embedded video:
"Here's what advertising might look like... if it was finally called iPad."
Look further down on the page, and you'll see the story's author responding to comments about the video's authenticity (or lack thereof).
"Here is how the iPad advertising could look like," he re-emphasises in one comment. "I never said that this video is authentic."
Sorry to burst the bubble. If you're still looking for a wild Apple-related rumour, though, I heard something about a pair of superpowerful new iVision 4D goggles. A friend of a friend of my brother's ex-girlfriend's mechanic's step-uncle swears they're real.