We are not big on perpetuating web rumors here, but I am fascinated by the current Apple Tablet meme (I won't post any links, just google it.) When I wrote about mobile Revit a few months back, many of you agreed with me that the form factor and screen size of existing mobile phones are just too small to be more than a novelty for the AEC industry. There are two aspects of the Apple Tablet rumor that are promising for AEC and BIM. First, Apple has a way of reviving extant or extinct markets with their design and marketing prowess. This means that an Apple tablet would make everyone conveniently forget Microsoft's somewhat ham-handed attempt to get a tablet in everyone's hand early last decade. Tablets will suddenly be an accepted form factor again. Second, and most important for AEC and BIM is the state of the art in screen tech. Pixel Qi has been linked to the Apple tablet rumor. They have created a unique and versatile take on traditional LCDs. It has the potential to let us have our cake and eat it too by giving us full color for say, editing in Revit or navigating a Navisworks model and a low power e-ink style mode for viewing sheets out in the sun at the job site. Could this be the year of the tablet? I guess we will have to wait until February to find out.