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CNN Titles Apple Tablet as 'The Everything Killer'

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CNN gives Apple tablet rumors a refresh

It's been a while since we've heard anything about Apple's supposed plans for a tablet. Just when I think I'll be able to go the entire month of November without hearing about it, CNN carries a report that cites analyst Laura DiDio who has a few details about the device.

DiDio says that the device will pack a 10- 12-inch touchscreen, a high-end graphics card that will enable "stunning resolution," and a webcam for video conferencing on the go. More interestingly, DiDio seems to believe that Apple, "learned its lesson" in charging $599 for the first iPhone and pricing out many potential customers.

CNN also spoke to David Wertheimer, executive director of the University of Southern California's Entertainment Technology Centre, who believes the device will be an "instant hit" with the ereader and netbook crowds.

"The Tablet will be awesome, and my guess is that it will be an instant hit for people who loved Kindles and people who want netbooks," said Wertheimer.

However, it seems not all analysts and entertainment pundits are as taken by the device as DiDio and Wetheimer. Zeus Kerravala, an analyst with Yankee Group, told CNN that these multi-function devices are better for ad-hoc purposes, like quick and dirty tasks, adding, "They're not for any prolonged, high-performance use."

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    Jenoin , November 17, 2009 2:06 PM
    10- 12-inch touchscreen, a high-end graphics card that will enable "stunning resolution,"; "learned its lesson" in charging $599 for the first iPhone

    This woman clearly knows absolutely nothing about graphics cards or the apple business model.
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    climber , November 17, 2009 2:16 PM
    Probably stunning Intel integrated 4500HD graphics... yawn...
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    apmyhr , November 17, 2009 2:34 PM
    "DiDio seems to believe that Apple, "learned its lesson" in charging $599 for the first iPhone and pricing out many potential customers"

    A quick trip to the Apple Store would prove otherwise.
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    Jenoin , November 17, 2009 2:06 PM
    10- 12-inch touchscreen, a high-end graphics card that will enable "stunning resolution,"; "learned its lesson" in charging $599 for the first iPhone

    This woman clearly knows absolutely nothing about graphics cards or the apple business model.
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    lvlouro , November 17, 2009 2:10 PM
    I'll wait till it comes out and all the heat dissipates...
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    tayb , November 17, 2009 2:11 PM
    I have a hard time believing Apple is going to be releasing a 12" tablet for $599 or less but if they DO launch it for that price I'll be buying one. Don't have anything really portable in my arsenal (cell phones don't count) and this would seem to fit the bill nicely. Browse the web with finger input on the couch, watch videos, listen to music, or hook it up to a bluetooth keyboard/mouse and treat it like a regular netbook.

    The "everything killer", however, sounds absolutely ridiculous. Really? Everything? They are using the word everything? As in it's a gaming laptop killer as well? Come on.
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    ac21365 , November 17, 2009 2:12 PM
    Not sure what kind of demand there'll be for a tablet-sized itouch, outside of the smug crowd.
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    velocityg4 , November 17, 2009 2:13 PM
    These people seem to think it will be a phone carrier supported device. Which I hope it is not. I have always wanted a mac tablet. But to be a notebook replacement. As I would prefer to hand write notes or letters rather than type them in.

    The biggest advantage of a tablet to me is to be able to stand and write which is impossiple on a notebook computer without a surface to set it on. Which is useless if you are walking around taking notes. Say at a store or a jobsite.

    As for portable internet it is neat but I do not need it. And would not buy such a device from any company were I am stuck paying a monthly fee for internet.

    Though if it is heavily discounted by carriers. I would probably just look at the discounted price plus the cancelling contract fee to see if that total is worth it for the iTab.
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    climber , November 17, 2009 2:16 PM
    Probably stunning Intel integrated 4500HD graphics... yawn...
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    brendano257 , November 17, 2009 2:18 PM
    A price range would be nice...personally I don't think a tablet needs "stunning graphics" at least gaming wise, but a decent card for atleast 720p without stuttering would be a definite.
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    boggie6868 , November 17, 2009 2:24 PM
    Yes I'd love to type my essays on a fully touch screen tablet. It sounds amazing.
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    TwoDigital , November 17, 2009 2:29 PM
    Again... these things have been available for YEARS and they're pretty neat (if you like Macs.)

    http://www.axiotron.com/index.php?id=modbook
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    rand_79 , November 17, 2009 2:32 PM
    well its not a phone replacement how do you put a 10" tablet in your pocket or belt holster... it would definitely kick netbooks in the butt.
    possibly some laptops.

    Everything killer isnt accurate but I could see it being wildly popular in its niche. Then again its apple so while it would sell good at 599$ they will price it at 999$ or 599$ with 2 year contract.
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    michaelahess , November 17, 2009 2:33 PM
    I like how apple still advertises under-powered graphics cards but tries to explain how they have great resolution and color, like that hasn't been the case since the late 90's. Stupid people eat that crap up though don't thay?
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    apmyhr , November 17, 2009 2:34 PM
    "DiDio seems to believe that Apple, "learned its lesson" in charging $599 for the first iPhone and pricing out many potential customers"

    A quick trip to the Apple Store would prove otherwise.
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    tayb , November 17, 2009 2:36 PM
    TwoDigitalAgain... these things have been available for YEARS and they're pretty neat (if you like Macs.)http://www.axiotron.com/index.php?id=modbook


    Except Axiotron is ridiculously expensive. The cheapest tablet on there is $1650 which is almost three times the "estimated" Apple tablet price. Even if you provide your own Macbook the modding service alone costs $700. Way too expensive.
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    toastninja17 , November 17, 2009 3:00 PM
    First off, fuck CNN, honestly. Ok, got that out of the way. And once again, Apple are being the self-centered egotistical company we all hate and love. If this report is true, I won't lie, I would definitely be interested. It's essentially a combination of many, many technologies that already exist, but that are configured in a matter that can do most everything an iPod touch can (assuming this can't make phone calls) and more, and with a much bigger and prettier screen.
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    papasmurf , November 17, 2009 3:00 PM
    it will cost $999 for the base model and $500 extra if you want the touch screen - then you have to log on to itunes every time it starts and pay your subscription
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    toastninja17 , November 17, 2009 3:02 PM
    Oh, and if it's integrated graphics and anything less than a 2GHz dual core, forget about it. Anything under that is NOT worth $600...oh wait, nevermind, it's Apple, so I really won't be surprised if I end up getting ripped off.
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    toastninja17 , November 17, 2009 3:04 PM
    and to tayb's comment "The "everything killer", however, sounds absolutely ridiculous. Really? Everything? They are using the word everything? As in it's a gaming laptop killer as well? Come on."

    Amen to that.
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    Anonymous , November 17, 2009 3:07 PM
    Wow... all this build up reminds me of the Segway. All that build up for something that only a few people will care about or use. I love Macs, I own four plus a slew of ipods and an iphone, however I have no plans of buying this thing, partly out of annoyance at everyone acting like this is the second coming.
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    sidran32 , November 17, 2009 3:09 PM
    I have had my HP Pavilion tx2500z for over a year. A great ultraportable and the screen swivels down so it can be used as a tablet PC. Took all my notes in college last year in OneNote. It was the best investment I made that year. My only regret was that I didn't do it earlier, since that was my last year in college.

    Apple is late in the game.
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