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No Apple media tablet until 2010, says analyst

updated 09:35 am EDT, Thu May 21, 2009

No media pad until 2010?

Although Apple is allegedly working on some form of media pad, it will probably not ship until 2010, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. The tablet has been described by other sources as Apple's answer to netbooks, but focused around tasks like web browsing, reading books, and music and video playback, as well as possibly making VoIP calls. Correspondingly, its specifications may also be just weak enough to avoid competing with MacBooks.

Munster believes that such a tablet will rely on a third version of Mac OS X, providing a middle ground between Macs and the iPhone while retaining multi-touch capabilities. "We expect the development of such an OS to be underway currently," he says, "but its complexity, along with our conversations with a key company in the mobile space, leads us to believe it will not launch until CY10."

BusinessWeek has reported that Apple may be negotiating to bring the device to Verizon, which could suggest some cellular functionality, or merely subsidized sales.




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  1. Mimi-mim

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Want one

    Just sold my Sony Reader after discovering Stanza and OneDisk for the iPod Touch. An Apple Media Tablet (AMT?) would mean I could leave my MacBook at home for most of my long-distance trips. That would be very nice.

    Here's hoping this device sees the light of day after years of speculation.

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Middle ground...

    ...for me might be limited to a convergence form factor rather than power as a compelling higher end option - the notion of being able to simply plug in to a 1080P screen/keyboard

  1. ScottG

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Get a Modbook . . .

    If you have the Itch Now, then invest in a Apple Modbook from Axiotron and sold by Other World Computing "OWC". I've had mine now for 17 Months, and LOVE IT!

    Worth Every Penny, and the OWC Group is top notch.

    ScottG

  1. Timm

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Neither fish nor fowl

    The tablet hype is crazy. Speculating on the delay of a hypothetical product is ridiculous.

    I am puzzled by the continual debate of using VOIP on a gigantic device that will not fit in your pocket.

  1. TomSawyer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Blah blah blah

    Yet another speculation based on rumors from someone in the industry that says they may have heard something ...

  1. MacnnGregor

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Server

    OS X server is not a version of OSX?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    Re: Server

    It is, but it is basically OS X with added stuff. One would be hard-pressed to call it a 'different version'. They're talking different as in "the iPhone OS is a completely different source tree than OS X". And their assumption/hypotheisis/reporting is that Apple is working on another version of the OS.

    Apple does have other OS'es as well, like the iPod OS used in nanos and classics. But they really just got the two big ones.

  1. Peter Bonte

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    Tablet 2010

    The tablet is coming, that is quasi for sure. Predicting the release for somewhere in 2010 is only a very safe assumption, a bigger iPod could be on the market this summer but a more technically challenging product would probably be not cost effective until somewhere next year.

    Having e-books in iTunes seems like a natural option to start at the same time, it could be that this is holding back the tablet release. I sure hope Apple is holding on to a worldwide availability for the e-books.

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