updated 12:50 pm EDT, Fri July 24, 2009
Apple tablet in 2010?
A long-rumored Apple tablet is heading towards a 2010 launch, a new report claims. The system is noted to have been in development for over four years already, but may now have a firm release date in the first quarter of next year. The problem has allegedly been the close interest of Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who is said to have ordered the project reset at least six times in two years, in order to change direction.
Jobs is thought to have settled on a final tablet concept in the past six months. The machine should use a 10-inch display, according to sources, and somewhat resemble an oversized iPod touch. It should also have some form of 3G Internet access, which may have been one of the subjects brought up in recent Apple negotiations with Verizon, other sources say.
Apple is known to have ordered a quantity of 10-inch touchscreens in March, with the original aim of shipping a product later this year. It is uncertain which operating system the tablet might use however, or what processors it might be equipped with. Apple is believed to have abandoned the idea of using an Atom chip, and so may be turning to custom-tailored ARM designs instead.