France Télécom and Orange executive Stéphane Richard has kinda, sorta, maybe confirmed the imminent launch of the rumored Apple tablet device that is expected to be introduced later this month. Here is what Richard and Jean-Pierre Elkabbach of France’s Europe 1 (translation courtesy of appadvice): Jean-Pierre Elkabbach (the interviewer) : According to Le Point (a […]
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France Telecom Exec Lets the Cat Out of the Bag. Kinda, Sorta, Maybe…

France Télécom and Orange executive Stéphane Richard has kinda, sorta, maybe confirmed the imminent launch of the rumored Apple tablet device that is expected to be introduced later this month. Here is what Richard and Jean-Pierre Elkabbach of France’s Europe 1 (translation courtesy of appadvice):

Jean-Pierre Elkabbach (the interviewer) : According to Le Point (a french magazine), your partner Apple will be launching a tablet

Stéphane Richard: Yes.

Jean-Pierre Elkabbach: … equipped with a webcam.

Stéphane Richard: Yes.

Jean-Pierre Elkabbach: Will Orange customers also be able to enjoy it?

Stéphane Richard: Of course!, they will actually particularly enjoy it because the webcam will allow live video streaming. It’s a new take on mobile video-conferencing.

Here is the video of the interview. The good parts start around the 6 minute mark.

The funny thing to know is that Richard isn’t the CEO of France Telecom yet. He’s in line to replace the current CEO when he retires next year. If I were him I wouldn’t make too many gaffes like this. Why do I say that? Well, paidContent:UK is reporting that Orange issued a statement clarifying Richard’s comments. The statement essentially says “pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.”

These responses in no way reflect Orange’s confirmation of the existence of the rumoured device. The spokesperson was merely confirming that he is aware of the speculation surrounding a launch and that Orange would be delighted to have such a product were it ever to be available.

That’s right, they backpedaled on Richard’s comments, and suggest that he was simply acknowledging the rumors.

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