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Apple Rumorama: Tablet in Feb '10, $800-$1000

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 27 comments

Here it is, back to haunt us.

Rumors about Apple's tablet have been rather quiet as of late but that doesn't mean the tech world has forgotten all about it. Despite it being a no show at Apple's snooze-fest, er, iPod event last Wednesday, people are more than happy to look to the next event and hope it bears fruit. 

Originally pegged to be something like a large iPod Touch (making it reasonable to think Apple would debut the device at its music event last week), all the speculation and reports got a refresh this morning thanks to a report in Taiwan Economic News.

TEN reports that Apple will launch the device next February and cites industry sources that claim shipments will be delivered to the Cupertino-based company in December. Further, TEN says that DynaPack has been exclusively contracted to supply up to 300,000 long lasting battery packs a month for the device, while Wintek is said to be supplying the displays.

Specs-wise you're looking at a 9.6-inch touchscreen, HSPDA, and a processor from Apple's own P.A SEMI. Price? Oh, somewhere between $800 to $1000.

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    aracheb , September 15, 2009 5:44 PM
    umm
    with the rate of explosive ipod, itouch leaving scar on people faces and jumping 10 feet high. (for something so small).

    Something this big could easy star a one megaton bomb change reaction..
    it could blow away my house...
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    Major7up , September 15, 2009 5:00 PM
    can't wait to see it in action!!! [drools]
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    c_schwab , September 15, 2009 5:08 PM
    It looks like it would be very awkward to use.
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    thackstonns , September 15, 2009 5:22 PM
    c_schwabIt looks like it would be very awkward to use.

    depends 9 inch square like pictured would be dumb, however 9 inch widescreen would be fine. Like a netbook tablet. Although with what little specs I see, looks like it wont do much. I want a atom prosessor on a tegra core and a 720 p 10 inch tablet. Enough for hd video, and office apps. wouldnt play to many fps on a tablet to care about that. bejeweled would work fine
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    chaohsiangchen , September 15, 2009 5:30 PM
    Something tells me that Apple Inc. will kill this project before 2010. $800-1000 is simply too much for average consumers, especially in this economic rough time.
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    bungee91 , September 15, 2009 5:30 PM
    Fancy screen or not who is going to pay $800-1000 for it!
    I'm not sure their target market but at this price it will fail miserably!
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    war2k9 , September 15, 2009 5:32 PM
    Good luck selling an expensive toy to the world!
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    aracheb , September 15, 2009 5:44 PM
    umm
    with the rate of explosive ipod, itouch leaving scar on people faces and jumping 10 feet high. (for something so small).

    Something this big could easy star a one megaton bomb change reaction..
    it could blow away my house...
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    aracheb , September 15, 2009 5:45 PM
    umm
    with the rate of explosive ipod, itouch leaving scar on people faces and jumping 10 feet high. (for something so small).

    Something this big could easy star a one megaton bomb chain reaction..
    it could blow away my house...
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    doc70 , September 15, 2009 5:55 PM
    Any tablet/netbook or small notebook that features Pixel Qi or similar screen - I'm game! Outdoors readability (true readability, not given by 1000+ nits that drain batteries in 1 hour )is a must in my opinion and it's a shame we don't have it yet, with all the technological advance. I would gladly pay a 200USD premium for such a screen versus a faster proc or other fancy stuff I don't need when on the road.
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    jellico , September 15, 2009 6:12 PM
    It's definitely pretty slick looking... but as is typical for Apple, the price is just too high.
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    amabhy , September 15, 2009 6:20 PM
    Wow looks like apple is even more expensive than ferrari...

    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Ferrari-One-Netbook-Acer-AMD,8658.html
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    amabhy , September 15, 2009 6:21 PM
    This would be a dream for terrorists...

    No more carrying bombs around, just carry around a large apple product!

    LOL!
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    shamgar , September 15, 2009 6:51 PM
    BUT CAN IT PLAY CRYSIS????
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    kri77777 , September 15, 2009 6:52 PM
    $800-$1000 is a very low price, especially for an Apple product. My company easily spends triple that every time the new Mac Books come out. My last tablet cost $2000, and even the newer ones cost at least $1,500 (Lenovo ThinkPad X200). In fact, I am tempted to dismiss this rumor for the simple reason that it is that cheap. Apple's cheapest computer starts at $599 (Mac Mini; not portable, no screen, low specs). Meanwhile, the Macbook Air starts at $1499 and their cheapest laptop, the base plastic Macbook is $999. I highly doubt that they will produce a tablet computer for less than their cheapest laptop, unless it is just going to be a larger version of the iPhone (which, while a good unit, can not replace a full computer). Plus, the cost of a multitouch screen has got to raise the cost substantially, meaning it would have to cost more than their cheapest laptop.
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    Anonymous , September 15, 2009 7:26 PM
    The price point does not work. This is just conditioning by rumor so a low price of $500 seems worth it when they announce it.
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    theLaminator , September 15, 2009 7:50 PM
    So I'm guessing thats a full touch screen QWERTY keyboard on it? In that case I have no use for such a product, I like my actual keyboard to much.
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    tayb , September 15, 2009 8:51 PM
    At 9" this thing has to be 4:3 or it will be just plain awkward to use. Widescreen that small would make doing anything on the device annoying as hell.

    Doesn't matter anyways. I was planning on buying one of these but not for $800-$900. If it was around $500 I might consider it but not going to pay full notebook price for a tablet powered by some in-house CPU designed by Apple.
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    frozenlead , September 15, 2009 8:55 PM
    kri77777$800-$1000 is a very low price, especially for an Apple product. My company easily spends triple that every time the new Mac Books come out. My last tablet cost $2000, and even the newer ones cost at least $1,500 (Lenovo ThinkPad X200). In fact, I am tempted to dismiss this rumor for the simple reason that it is that cheap. Apple's cheapest computer starts at $599 (Mac Mini; not portable, no screen, low specs). Meanwhile, the Macbook Air starts at $1499 and their cheapest laptop, the base plastic Macbook is $999. I highly doubt that they will produce a tablet computer for less than their cheapest laptop, unless it is just going to be a larger version of the iPhone (which, while a good unit, can not replace a full computer). Plus, the cost of a multitouch screen has got to raise the cost substantially, meaning it would have to cost more than their cheapest laptop.


    PC notebooks are not comparable to Apple's supposed tablet - PC tablets have keyboards, and can, essentially, work as fully-fledged notebooks. This is just an oversized iPod touch.
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    griffed88 , September 15, 2009 11:04 PM
    frozenlead This is just an oversized iPod touch.


    How do you know? You've only seen a picture, and it could possibly look nothing like that. Wait until Apple actually announces it to pass judgement.
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    matt87_50 , September 15, 2009 11:43 PM
    "Price? Oh, somewhere between Too much and Obscene"
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