Four-screen Apple iTablet snapped

As the rumour mill for the expected Apple iTablet launch on Wednesday reaches fever pitch, we've managed to grab some exclusive pics of the new yet-to-be-announced device here at Pocket-lint.

Yes, it might look like four iPhones stuck together on close inspection of the pictures, but what you are looking at above is actually really believed to be Apple's latest gadget* that promises to revolutionise how we consume media like games, magazines, newspapers, music and video in the home, while saving virtually every industry you know in the process.

The device, we understand, will come with not one but four touchscreen displays that in total measure up to around 8 inches on the diagonal. The use of four screens will allow multitasking, something not previously available on Apple's other touchscreen device - the iPhone. The new iTablet will, you guessed it, run four applications at the same time. Based on the company's Spaces offering in it's operating system OS X you be able to have one screen for video, one for email, one for Twitter and one for websurfing, for example. 

Those looking for an all out multimedia experience won't be disappointed either. With four 3.5mm headphone jacks and dual stereo sound thanks to the four in-built speakers, you'll be able to get the party started with your friends no matter where you are.

Hoping to make sure business users aren't left out in the cold as many believe they have with the iPhone, the new device will allow you to simultaneously conference call up to four people at a time says our "sauce", however Apple has yet to confirm whether or not you'll need four mobile phone contracts to do this.

Shown to us by one of our most trusted Apple "sauces", admittedly our time was brief with the new device, and unfortunately we were only given enough time to grab a couple of dirty shots.

Sorry we couldn't resist...

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* Yes this is completely made up!