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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. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Quote Originally Posted by iBwizzle View Post
      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 bought apps? Yeah... I thought so!
      Actually yes I would, and I did. That's why I hate Apples irrational and stupid hate for jailbreakers. I paid full price for my phone and they won't let me do what I want with it.
    1. chuckiecheese's Avatar
      chuckiecheese -
      Why get an overpriced tablet???? Get a Dell Mini 10v and hackintosh it. I am running 10.6.2 and this netbook is ultra portable!! It is so much smaller than my 13" macbook and it only cost me $275. Check out my video on youtube:

      [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rg5Efa9lU_4[/ame]
    1. iBwizzle's Avatar
      iBwizzle -
      Quote Originally Posted by KartRacer View Post
      Actually yes I would, and I did. That's why I hate Apples irrational and stupid hate for jailbreakers. I paid full price for my phone and they won't let me do what I want with it.
      No disrespect... But you sound dumb! If your not a developer, why would you care?
    1. bbillh77's Avatar
      bbillh77 -
      I wish the release would get here so we could just see it buy it and move on
    1. TheYoungHustla's Avatar
      TheYoungHustla -
      Quote Originally Posted by desepticon View Post
      where is that picture from. it looks pretty real.
      No…it's fake: La MacTablet n'en était pas une, explications: | GEEK et HIGH-TECH MAGAZINE : Nowhere Else
      It's a iPod Touch scaled to look like a tablet
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      well it got all of you talking =]
    1. Dizz's Avatar
      Dizz -
      Quote Originally Posted by joehowes View Post
      apple would never have those cheap looking swirling montion characters spell out welcome....
      Do you even own a Mac?
    1. joehowes's Avatar
      joehowes -
      Quote Originally Posted by n00neimp0rtant View Post
      well i take it back

      Quote Originally Posted by Dizz View Post
      Do you even own a Mac?
      yes thank you i do...thanks for asking
    1. lilskaterpunk's Avatar
      lilskaterpunk -
      So many rumors I just gave up witht his iTablet. I guess if Apple is going to release a iTablet, well have to wait till 2010 if they even mention anything about it.
      Im gonna go buy a MBP 13.3'', hackint0sh PC just is not worth it. Its not the same...
    1. noop's Avatar
      noop -
      Quote Originally Posted by iBwizzle View Post
      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!
      most of us did, with the 1st gen iphone. at&t didn't subsidize a red cent on it when it first came out. $499 for the 4 gig, and I paid $599 for the 8 gig.