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  • Yet Another Tablet Rumor: Late and Wildly Expensive?


    According to a report in DigiTimes, which covers the Taiwanese semiconductor, electronics, computer and communications supply industry, Apple's long-rumored tablet will not be released until the second half of next year. The report also asserts the tablet will come in two models: one with a 10.6-inch display for about $800 - $1000 US and one with a 9.7-inch OLED panel for an almost-unimaginable $2,000 US.

    DigiTimes has had a spotty track record on Apple rumors to date, having reported such clunkers as the assertion that all iPods would have cameras in the last refresh of the product line. However, they've had their share of wins, so it's worth at least listening to what their China electronics-industry anonymous tattletales have to say.

    According to the report, Apple changed the launch from March in order to “switch some components” and to add a model with a 9.7″ OLED screen. The OLED model will be manufactured with a display from LG Electronics, as part of a $500 million US contract with Apple. The estimates of retail price for the phones is in line with the high cost of these displays, which DigiTimes estimates would push the amount Apple will have to pay for each super-tablet to $1,500 - $1,700 US per unit.

    Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster (who has a much higher success rate than DigiTimes, it should be noted) isn't buying it. In a report to investors reported by AppleInsider, he's sticking with his stated position that the tablet will arrive in the first quarter of 2010, and continues to state that the right price point is between $500 and $700 US. This would mean the tablet would still come at a premium as compared to netbooks, but he insists that it's a reasonable target for Apple to hit:

    As a point of perspective, iSuppli has reported the bill of materials on the iPhone 3GS is $179. Backing out the phone functionality, we believe the bill of materials is about $160. Assuming the tablet is 3x the size of the iPod touch implies a bill of materials for the tablet of around $480.
    Munster has repeatedly asserted that the tablet will be, essentially a large iPod touch that will run a version of the iPhone OS rather than Mac OS X. The device, he says, will run both iPhone apps and a "new category of larger apps."

    image via Engadget
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Yet Another Tablet Rumor: Late and Wildly Expensive? started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 30 Comments
    1. Shockwave's Avatar
      Shockwave -
      well that makes me sad ive been waiting for this for some time now well

      fisrt post!
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      If its is clearly all BS then why even publish the article?? Thank you for notifying us of false rumors floating around.

      Quote Originally Posted by Shockwave View Post

      fisrt post!
      Wow, want a cookie?
    1. adp's Avatar
      adp -
      A tablet more expensive than a MacAir Pro? ...

      B S
    1. carlos916's Avatar
      carlos916 -
      why dont they just make an iphone the size of a tablet!??
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      How would you prop a tablet upward to use at school or Starbucks? Seems like you would have to carry a wireless keyboard and magic mouse around (bulk). truth be told-we will start using pen and paper again and save $2,000! How about that?
    1. romeo_herman's Avatar
      romeo_herman -
      I don't want a tablet....
    1. joehowes's Avatar
      joehowes -
      apple would never have those cheap looking swirling montion characters spell out welcome....
    1. desepticon's Avatar
      desepticon -
      where is that picture from. it looks pretty real.
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      Second half of last year?
      Didn't that already pass?
    1. DarkDragonAn's Avatar
      DarkDragonAn -
      I would Like to see this in action, but I will not spend my money on this tablet I would buy a MacBook Pro.
    1. Raptors's Avatar
      Raptors -
      WTF does "second half of last year" mean?
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Quote Originally Posted by joehowes View Post
      apple would never have those cheap looking swirling montion characters spell out welcome....
      [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wq7Or32WgWk]YouTube - Mac OS X 10 Leopard Intro in True 720p[/ame]
    1. snap1500's Avatar
      snap1500 -
      Quote Originally Posted by adp View Post
      A tablet more expensive than a MacAir Pro? ...

      B S
      The higher price was expected. No way they will sell a 10" tablet for around $500. The thing has a touch screen and not a regular LCD itself. The 3" screen iPhone cost about $600-$700. Its only sold at $100-$200 because AT&T eat the rest of the cost. The 10" screen tablet have to cost way more than the iPhone since it will be very similar (can run on 3G...)
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      I don't think att eat the costs^ You pay $99 for a 3G with 2year agreement then you spending a minimum $100 (phone package+Data plan) and your monthly is paying above and beyond bad service and questionable 3G data coverage, if your lucky.
    1. KiZZ's Avatar
      KiZZ -
      Second half of last year?
      Didn't that already pass?

      ^this part of the article doesn't make sense.
    1. PlatoTheForms's Avatar
      PlatoTheForms -
      "Apple's long-rumored tablet will not be released until the second half of last year"

      WTF? so apple will go back in time to q3-q4 of 2008 and release it then?
    1. ifonemaniac's Avatar
      ifonemaniac -
      Quote Originally Posted by angiepangie View Post
      Second half of last year?
      Didn't that already pass?
      I was going to say that!!! haha ur right

      edit: wow u guys are fast haha
    1. KiZZ's Avatar
      KiZZ -
      Yeah! Why haven't we heard about Apples time travel "app" until now? =P
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      Maybe this time It's actually happens. Rumor on this have been going on for coupe years.
    1. iBwizzle's Avatar
      iBwizzle -
      Quote Originally Posted by snap1500 View Post
      The higher price was expected. No way they will sell a 10" tablet for around $500. The thing has a touch screen and not a regular LCD itself. The 3" screen iPhone cost about $600-$700. Its only sold at $100-$200 because AT&T eat the rest of the cost. The 10" screen tablet have to cost way more than the iPhone since it will be very similar (can run on 3G...)
      Exactly. AT&T and other phone carriers that subsidize are to thank for the success of the iPhone! Would you have paid $600-$700 for a phone and turned around and paid the monthly bill and brought apps? Yeah... I thought so!