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France Telecom Executive 'Confirms' Forthcoming Release of Apple Tablet [Updated]

France Tlcom and Orange executive Stphane Richard has apparently confirmed in a radio interview that Apple will be launching its much-anticipated tablet device as has been rumored for later this month. AppAdvice offers a translation of the exchange between Richard and Jean-Pierre Elkabbach of France's Europe 1:

Jean-Pierre Elkabbach (the interviewer) : According to Le Point (a french magazine), your partner Apple will be launching a tablet
Stphane Richard: Yes.
Jean-Pierre Elkabbach: ... equipped with a webcam.
Stphane Richard: Yes.
Jean-Pierre Elkabbach: Will Orange customers also be able to enjoy it?
Stphane 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.

A video of the interview is also available, with the relevant comments beginning at approximately the 6:10 mark.


Richard has been tabbed as the next CEO of France Tlcom, a position he will assume when current CEO Didier Lombard retires next year. As of January 1st, 2010, Richard assumed the position of Chief Executive Officer Delegate in preparation for taking the helm of the company.

Update: paidContent:UK received word from Orange clarifying that Richard was simply acknowledging the speculation regarding a tablet and the company's wish to support it if it does exist.

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.