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Report: Apple Tablet to be "Shockingly" Cheap

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Apple and cheap in the same sentence?

We're not really sure of anything when it comes to the Apple tablet. The only thing we're even close to certain about is the price. If it's got an Apple logo on it, it's going to be pricey. However, according to Diggnation co-host Alex Albrecht, this is not the case.

Diggnation's Kevin Rose is known for his semi-reliable Apple leaks but according to AppleInsider, it was his co-host that had the information this time around. During a recent episode in which comedian and star of the "Mac vs. PC" Apple commercials John Hodgman was guest, Rose asked Hodgman if he had any information about the rumored Apple tablet. Hodgman responded, "I don't know anything about it. You think they'd tell me?"

Rose then posed the same question to co-host Albrecht, hinting that Alex had actually revealed some inside information off-camera. Eventually, Albrecht caved: "I was shocked at how cheap the price point is going to be."

Albrecht refused to elaborate. Would you be tempted to buy the Apple tablet if the price point were shockingly cheap? Let us know in the comments below!

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    verenos , December 3, 2009 5:04 PM
    for apple shockingly cheap should be about 800 bucks
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    pullmyfinger123 , December 3, 2009 5:15 PM
    I think the guy didn't quite finish his sentence, he probably meant:

    "I was shocked at how cheap the price point is going to be...if I owned my island nation."

    or "I was shocked at how cheap the price point is going to be...after the 99% off from my apple employee discount."

    or "I was shocked at how cheap the price point is going to be...when I'm only daydreaming on owning the tablet."
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    verenos , December 3, 2009 5:04 PM
    for apple shockingly cheap should be about 800 bucks
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    ominous prime , December 3, 2009 5:10 PM
    Cheap is different depending on the person. Without a figure this is rather pointless.

    And if it even it were my definition of cheap, I still wouldn't buy the Apple tablet. Because we all know it will have the infamous Apple tax.
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    Ambictus , December 3, 2009 5:14 PM
    Well, from what I've assumed it's purpose to be(oversized iPod Touch) I can't imagine it would cost TOO much. I think Apple learned a lot from the pricing of it's first iPhone.
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    pullmyfinger123 , December 3, 2009 5:15 PM
    I think the guy didn't quite finish his sentence, he probably meant:

    "I was shocked at how cheap the price point is going to be...if I owned my island nation."

    or "I was shocked at how cheap the price point is going to be...after the 99% off from my apple employee discount."

    or "I was shocked at how cheap the price point is going to be...when I'm only daydreaming on owning the tablet."
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    itadakimasu , December 3, 2009 5:16 PM
    lol verenos.

    if shockingly cheap is like... $149.99 and it has a ton of features and flash player support, im down
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    sciggy , December 3, 2009 5:16 PM
    Cheap by apple standards or cheap with a 2 year contract from a mobile broadband comapany subsidizing it?
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    necronic , December 3, 2009 5:17 PM
    Quote:
    I think Apple learned a lot from the pricing of it's first iPhone.


    the iPhone thing is different because the cost gets subsidized by At&T.

    I'll be very curious to see what price point they hit with this. 800$ actually would be a shockingly low price point to me, depending on specs. Most windows based tablet PCs fall in that range, and those are the cheaper ones. For apple to sit in the same range with their generally higher than average laptop build quality would be surprising.
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    lowguppy , December 3, 2009 5:18 PM
    Probably means the hardware is comparable to the iPhone/iPod touch just with a larger screen area. I wouldn't be surprised if it uses the same guts, since that would probably be the cheapest way to go.
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    deadlockedworld , December 3, 2009 5:20 PM
    This tablet is apples response to the stupid netbook craze. I'm guessing that means $450-599. Apple bought that processor company a few years ago to prepare for this--that's why they will be able to afford to keep prices down.

    There wont be the demand for this that there was for iphone-- so they will have to price competitively to establish a market. They will need to get developers, and publishers on board with making programs for it like the app store.
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    JeanLuc , December 3, 2009 5:23 PM
    When your talking Apple products 'cheap' generally means 'close to affordable'.

    I was going to Tablets have been and gone and Apple on this occasion are behind the times but you can't ignore Apple recent track record of launching successful products and maybe this Apple branded Tablet might be just work (it certainly looks the part as is the case with most Apple products).

    Although Apple products always look great I just help but feel I'm expected to pay a premium just for the way it looks.
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    zak_mckraken , December 3, 2009 5:24 PM
    Would I buy it if it was shockingly cheap according to me? Yeah, I would. But you'll be surprised to find out how hard it is to shock me!
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    Ambictus , December 3, 2009 5:25 PM
    necronicthe iPhone thing is different because the cost gets subsidized by At&T. I'll be very curious to see what price point they hit with this. 800$ actually would be a shockingly low price point to me, depending on specs. Most windows based tablet PCs fall in that range, and those are the cheaper ones. For apple to sit in the same range with their generally higher than average laptop build quality would be surprising.


    This is just my speculation but I do believe Apple had a hand in the original iPhone's pricing.

    As for the "tablet"... Once again this is simply my own speculation but I feel it will be something closer to the iPod Touch than an actual laptop. I would guess it to have perhaps a Cortex-A8 based CPU in the 800Mhz to 1Ghz range, and have additional features like some form of video out and be able to do minor office work/presentations.
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    adaman2576 , December 3, 2009 5:27 PM
    I'll believe it when I see it.
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    ssalim , December 3, 2009 5:28 PM
    Hey if you are rich, $7 burger sounds super cheap because you used to pay $20 for a meal... however for a poor person, $7 burger does not sound cheap at all.

    Stupid Albrecht.
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    vertigo_2000 , December 3, 2009 5:37 PM
    I wanna play too...

    "I was shocked at how cheap the price point is going to be... Jeeves, please bring the Bently around and drive me to my private jet. I have to be in Dubai to meet the Sheik."
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    evolve60 , December 3, 2009 5:38 PM
    So... not only the thing will be "Cheap" by apple standards in terms of pricing, and the rate of which Iphones/Touchs explode, were just paying for an over-sized grenade that could potentially explode at anytime, but the only difference is your getting an apple branded grenade.
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    Anonymous , December 3, 2009 5:38 PM
    Shockingly cheap would be $50. I wouldnt pay $50 for it tho, thats too much; as i have exactly zero use for a tablet.
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    frozenlead , December 3, 2009 5:46 PM
    necronic Most windows based tablet PCs fall in that range, and those are the cheaper ones. For apple to sit in the same range with their generally higher than average laptop build quality would be surprising.


    You're forgetting, though, that those same-priced Windows based tablet PCs also function as fully-fledged notebooks with real keyboards - unlike this Apple tablet, which is an oversized iPod touch with some more advanced software.
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    doomtomb , December 3, 2009 5:48 PM
    $99 would be shockingly cheap
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    zachary k , December 3, 2009 5:54 PM
    "i was shocked at how cheap the price will be, its only $1500! i mean you get a arm cpu and look how thin and perly white it is!"
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