Report: Apple Tablet Delayed for OLED Panel

After months of reports claiming we'd see the Apple tablet in Q1 of next year, the latest rumor is that the device has been delayed until the second half of 2010. Oh, and Apple is also said to be developing a high end, OLED version that will retail for significantly more.

The latest gossip comes to us direct from Digitimes, which cites sources from component makers who say Apple has decided to switch some components and plans to launch a model using a 9.7-inch OLED panel from LG Display. These sources went on to point out that LG is currently making OLED panels using its 4.5G production line and the company's five-year $500 million contract with Apple includes supply of OLED panels.

Given that the cost of one of the OLED panels rings in at around $500 and panel costs normally account for about 30 percent of the device's total cost, the sources estimated that Apple's OLED tablet will cost between $1,500 and $1,700. This price is expected to drop to around $1,200 by the second half of next year, with the retail price for the device expected to be $2,000.

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  • JMcEntegart
    huh89809This price is expected to drop to around $1,200 by the second half of next year, with the retail price for the device expected to be $2,000.does this make sense to anyone, or do i just need more sleep


    Cost for Apple expected to drop to $1,200, retail price estimated to be $2,000. You know, Apple tax and that. ;)
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  • Honis
    How can a devices who's very existence isn't official be delayed for a release date that hasn't been made official?
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  • doc70
    "If you were hoping to see an Apple tablet in the Spring, we have some bad news."

    No, I wasn't hoping for anything like that, so no bad news here.

    Whoever wants to see this happen, expect high Apple tax and limited hardware specs, along with limited practicality, kinda like the iToy, only bigger.
    AbrahmI still don't understand why this device is getting so much media coverage...


    Because it's Apple and it's on THG. You didn't get the memo?
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  • doomtomb
    There's going to be an OLED and a cheaper LCD version. OLEDs cost less to produce once manufacturers get their act together... we are entering 2010, we should have this stuff by now...
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  • Anonymous
    This price is expected to drop to around $1,200 by the second half of next year, with the retail price for the device expected to be $2,000.

    does this make sense to anyone, or do i just need more sleep
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  • masterasia
    A giant iPod Touch. I want one.
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