We wrote recently that Oppenheimer analyst Yair Reiner has determined the Apple tablet is coming this spring. Magazine publishers are preparing to use the new platform as a savior for their ailing subscriptions and ad revenues — this time, by creating something radically new, editorial content and magazine glossiness plus swipes of video, web interactivity and social media.
Sports Illustrated has unveiled one swanky prototype. Here’s another, by Sara Öhrval of Bonnier, publisher of Saveur and Ski Magazine. Add a webcam to the device and you could even insert yourself, perhaps creating an ego-fueled magazine-publishing-newscast in which you, iReporters, become stars. Sounds far-fetched, but who knew typing in 140 characters would be a fad, too?