Apple Tablet - The story continues

The rumors regarding Apple's plan to manufacture a tablet computer have been circulating for a very long time now. However, it seems that these rumours finally have some tangibility; we should be expecting a release in the next couple of months.

This news has always been spattered with controversy as some people are welcoming the device and others slamming it as flawed. Whatever the stance, the success of the device remains to be seen. Wired Magazine's UK website sheds a little more light on the subject today by providing predicted pricing guidelines for the awaited addition to the Apple family.

Though typically with Apple releases many rumors appear and it becomes hard to sort out any truth. According to one of Wired's analysts, the Apple tablet will not be arriving in the near future, instead well into next year.

"Last week we spoke with an Asian component supplier that has received orders from Apple for a touchscreen device to be fulfilled by late [calendar year] 09," Munster wrote in a report. "This data point underscores our thesis that a tablet will likely launch in early [2010]." This new information throws the cat amongst the pigeons once more, so what we are left with is yet more speculation and only mock predictions as to what the device will look like.

The general consensus at Wired is that the device will be a direct competitor to the Amazon ebook empire; other speculations as to the nature of the device have also been voiced. Wired's analyst, Munster, made his predictions for the device back in may.

–The device will most likely be a larger format iPod Touch, measuring between seven to ten inches
–The tablet will be used primarily for web surfing, e-mail and digital media
–Pricing should be between £300 and £450, positioning the tablet between an iPhone and a MacBook
–A carrier will probably subsidise the device, which will include a 3G modem

Yet more confusion regarding the Apple tablet. It seems that 2010 might be the year of the tablet as there are yet more rumours regarding Dell, Intel, HTC, and Nokia working on tablet devices along with TechCrunch who is working to get out its Crunchpad touchscreen tablet.

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If it looks like the rumor photos, basically a large format ipod touch, then I'd plop out ~400 $ for it...great for my photos. I'm the farthest thing from an apple fan as well, but i definately love the sleek look of the ipod touch. Only request would be to make it more screen, less bezel....i want basically a screen with edge controls, insead of a 1/2" border at the top and bottom.

It is truly amazing how short some people's memories are. Anyone who is not new to IT knows that Bill Gates saw Tablet PCs as 'the future' and pushed for them years ago. I suppose he was (as usual) ahead of the times, but I'm sure Apple will be hailed as the inventor or the visionary.

As long as it is shiny enough, some people will drool for it.

I don't think anyone is contending that the Tablet PC has been around for years. In fact, the only mentions I see of that are from the commenters mocking Apple by "quoting" them in saying that they invented it. Apple seldom creates anything new; they may improve upon existing ideas and bring them to the masses better than other companies, though.

"Yet more confusion regarding the Apple tablet. It seems that 2010 might be the year of the tablet as there are yet more rumours regarding Dell, Intel, HTC, and Nokia working on tablet devices along with TechCrunch who is working to get out its Crunchpad touchscreen tablet. "

XT1 and 2?? I've had an XT2 for a while now! I suppose they are more of a peformance system than anything in the £300-450 band. I hope they don't pop up everywhere though, opening internet explorer with my finger might loose the cool factor...

This really doesn't sound that interesting right now. A Snow Leopard-powered 13 inch tablet? Yeah, maybe. An iPhone OS-powered 10 inch tablet? What's the point?

Have to agree. Nothing would appeal to me about this really. Arguably no more portable than a Netbook and with no clear advantages over one... certainly I'd assume it'd have less I/O ports on it making it less versatile.

Not iTouch. There are too many kids already who refer to iPod Touch as "iTouch".

Getting the product name right is just too much effort for some.

"Pricing should be between £300 and £450, positioning the tablet between an iPhone and a MacBook"

Apple, making something that cheap? *laughs*

"Pricing should be between £300 and £450, positioning the tablet between an iPhone and a MacBook"

Apple, making something that cheap? *laughs*

Me too....

Also...
�Pricing should be between �300 and �450, positioning the tablet between an iPhone and a MacBook
It is just silly to assume a price on a rumored item, especially an Apple product.

Me too. It's never anything new. Just rehashing of old rumors. I wish Neowin would hold these stories until there is something new to tell us... *sigh*

M_Lyons10 said,
Me too. It's never anything new. Just rehashing of old rumors. I wish Neowin would hold these stories until there is something new to tell us... *sigh*

If only there was someway of skipping past the story, without having to comment. Oh well...