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Apple tablet in preparation for early 2010 launch?

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.

by MacNN Staff




  1. bjojade

    Joined: Dec 1969



    This 'tablet' rumor keeps floating around. No real details except it's going to be coming sometime in the future. This same story has been reported for YEARS now.

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    This is some long-term

    rumor, for sure. I'm glad Apple decided to dump the Atom chip since they're a dime a dozen. I definitely hope they decide on the Arm processor which should get some use out of the PA Semi purchase. Apple really needs a larger iPod Touch that can use apps from the App Store.

    Somebody said to me that those apps are resolution dependent on the Touch-size display. Would it be very difficult to recode apps to take advantage of a larger or higher-resolution display?

    So, Steve Jobs is pulling the strings on the tablet and I sure hope he hits a home run with it. I'm really looking forward to it.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Pointless

    It isn't pointless! It gives Apple-rumor-mongers something to talk about!

    And it isn't the same story as before. Now the speculation is that its more of a large iPod than an actual computer running OS X. Completely different!

  1. ebeyer

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Remember the other "vaporware" products that came to pass, including Intel-based macs, the iPhone and now the tablet.

    As the owner of an iPhone 3G S, I think I may have a tough time justifying the purchase of a 10" tablet that has the same basic capabilities as the iPhone. I'm withholding judgment until more is known about what is actually being released, but my thoughts will be driven more by what I can do with this device that I can't do with an iPhone than anything else.

  1. Salty

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Missing the Mark?

    Apple hasn't included 3G in the MacBook Pros which would be infinitely more useful. As well what's the point of this tablet? Do I take it to work with me? Do I take it to school? Do I do work on it? Do I do photoshop on it? An ARM isn't going to pull off Photoshop (Not that digital drawing is the nation's past time) it doesn't sound like the most useful product. I'm not going to be blogging on a tablet in a cafe, I'm not going to be creating any sort of content really, I'm just going to be passive without some sort of keyboard.

    I don't understand putting 3G on one of these devices, paying a monthly fee for your companion device just sounds weird.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Missing the mark

    3G is only 'useful' on the MacBook Pros for those people willing to shell out $60 a month for the service.

    And it is more useful now because of Apple's decision to remove the more useful ExpressCard slot from the 15" macbook.

  1. lookoverthere

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Would Love it!

    I love the idea of this iTablet. I think will a little more work and a redesigned Mac OS X, Apple could make a Tablet that could compete with the MacBook line (maybe even the Pro line). Maybe something with this interface design:

    Of Course I might be a little biased since I made these concept designs

  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Bad idea IF...

    I am afraid Apple will s**** this up thanks to Steve Job's "vision". I would hope Apple would produce a quality device similar to the modbook with both multitouch capabilities and stylus support.

    Why stylus support? Without it the tablet will just be a glorified internet device with a smudged screen. IF they provide stylus support then it could also be used as a Windows-based tablet PC with full handwriting recognition (Kanji, kana, hangul, Chinese characters).

    OSX is years behind Windows Vista/7 regarding handwriting recognition...because of Job's "vision". Apple should have equal capabilities in OSX, but they don't.

    I enter Japanese everyday on my Thinkpad X200, but I would love to have a slate tablet from Apple that could run OSX and Windows.

    Pipe dream I know!!!

  1. thibaulthalpern

    Joined: Dec 1969


    OS X?

    Why is there any doubt that the OS is OS X? I can't imagine Apple not using OS X if this tablet is for real. After all, a stripped down version of OS X already runs iPhone and the iPod touch. What else would it use?

  1. MacOS

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Newton . . .

    Yawn, a modification of Newton rumors. Rumors are a tacit used by companies to keep its name in the news and to fuel interest. A so called inside source is told by managers to release bogus info.

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