According to sources Apple Insider talked to, the Tablet will resemble the iPhone very much and will sport almost all the buttons found on the iPhone; including the home button and volume toggle button. The Tablet is also expected to come with the black border around the display; much like the iPhone.
The former President of Google China had also remarked that the upcoming Apple Tablet will look like a large iPhone.
The similarities don't end there. Like iPhone 3GS, the Tablet might also come equipped with a 3.5mm stereo headphone jack, speaker grills, microphone, GPS, 3G connectivity and a 30 pin dock connector. However, one thing the Tablet will differ in is the thickness ratio. The sources have revealed that the Tablet will proportionally be thinner than the iPhone.
Having said that, we may also expect to see some aesthetic improvements from the iPhone design. iLounge writer Jeremy cites his sources as claiming that the Tablet will come with double dock connectors – one on the vertical bottom edge and the other on the horizontal bottom edge enabling you to mount and charge the device both in the landscape and portrait mode, which we hope will also allow us to connect a keyboard or mouse via Bluetooth while it is docked.
Jeremy further states that like the original iPhone, the Tablet might also come with a long rear side antenna compartment. According to him, the longer stripe could mean larger antennas and possibly 802.11n compatibility which is however just speculation at the moment.
With similarities with iPhone established, what does it mean to users? One indication is that the Apple Tablet could be positioned as a device specifically for media such as movies, eBooks, newspapers, etc. that are not user friendly on a smaller device like iPod touch. However, it will be interesting if users see a justification for a higher priced device given the utility. What do you think?