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5 reasons iSlate will succeed/fail

December 30, 2009: 9:00 AM ET

Pundits count the ways Apple's unannounced tablet computer will take off or bomb

Source: Time Inc.

Five seems to be the magic number this week.

Apple (AAPL) still hasn't confirmed that it's developing the tablet-size device observers are now calling the iSlate, but that hasn't stopped pundits from weighing in on its chances for success. The latest entries: a matched set of lists that come to opposing conclusions.

The first was posted on Seeking Alpha by Ernie Varitimos, a technology consultant who blogs under the byline Zach Bass and is building a site called Apple Investor. He offers five reasons the iSlate is already "a failure."

The second was written for BusinessWeek by Ben Kunz, director of strategic planning at Mediassociates and author of the blog Thought Gadgets. He offers five ways the so-called Jesus Tablet could "change the world."

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