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Report: Apple Tablet in October for Around $800

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 11 comments

Straight from the "rumors that just won't die" department is yet more news about Apple's supposed plans to produce a tablet.

The China Times today reports that we'll see the long-rumored Apple tablet sometime in October for around $800. Right now, there's little information on hand that we didn't already know.

Previous rumors said that the tablet would be a touchscreen media player, something to fill the gap between an iPod touch or an iPhone and a Macbook. Back in April Piper Jaffray analyst Gene said the device would cost between $500 and $700, sport a 7"-10" screen and launch in 2010, as opposed to the WWDC date some people assumed.

As Giz reports, the report in the China Times is generally more of the same but with a closer launch date. Like we already knew, Wintek, Foxconn and Dynapack are rumored to have received direct orders from Apple for parts. The China Times reports that we're looking at a 9.7" tablet and that, surprise surprise, Apple will not target low-end customers with the device.

An update to the article says that Foxconn, Wintek and Dynapack refused to corroborate the information in the China Time report, saying their company policies prohibit public disclosure of client information.

Check out the translation here or the original report here.


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    dman3k , July 13, 2009 9:26 PM
    Costing ONLY 65% more than its PC competitors!!!
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    dman3k , July 13, 2009 9:26 PM
    Costing ONLY 65% more than its PC competitors!!!
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    war2k9 , July 13, 2009 9:47 PM
    I wonder what is the spec, if apple used the same parts as all netbook than it is is WAY OVERPRICE.
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    hallic7 , July 13, 2009 10:09 PM
    It will have the apple tax, so it's not for me...
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    Anonymous , July 13, 2009 10:26 PM
    It's probably Atom N280 powered, or perhaps the next version Atom with on-chip GPU & memory controller.
    Price would only be justified if it was the next version. Otherwise, without keyboard the device should cost around $299 if it has the standard 1024x600 screen reso.
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    Shnur , July 13, 2009 10:43 PM
    Cool part it's like a giant iPod Touch... it will have multi-touch and will hopefully last in the 10hrs battery life, I'm just curious about the OS and the final price...
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    jacobdrj , July 13, 2009 10:44 PM
    It's a tablet. It's a mac. It's an iPod. It's an Internet Communication Device!

    [/maddox]
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    IzzyCraft , July 13, 2009 10:54 PM
    shnurCool part it's like a giant iPod Touch... it will have multi-touch and will hopefully last in the 10hrs battery life, I'm just curious about the OS and the final price...

    It probably has the same power as a ipod too haha.
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    scook9 , July 13, 2009 11:02 PM
    I already know this is a lie....they said it will cost only $800. Mac would start this at at least $1100 to $1200.
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    computabug , July 14, 2009 2:23 AM
    WOW... I thought the entire purpose of the eee netbook was to be a cheap and durable (and maybe disposable) tool to do basic computing tasks such as accessing networks like the internet for light tasks... this completely defeats the purpose of the netbook.

    I could get a quad core laptop for $800 by the time this thing goes on sale.

    And btw, I read this same stuff on OCC like 4 hours ago hehe, guess that's where Jane got this :p 
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    justjc , July 14, 2009 2:37 AM
    Sounds like another false rumor, after all this thing have been rumored for years.
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    starhoof , July 14, 2009 4:40 AM
    Cant you buy a PC tablet for $350 ?
    its called Archos 5 60gb internet media tablet...