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Analyst claims hands-on with Apple tablet

updated 09:40 am EDT, Mon August 3, 2009

Analyst tablet hands-on

Apple's rumored tablet device is indeed genuine, claims a source cited by Barron's. Described only as a "veteran analyst," the person is said to have had a first-hand view of a prototype system. Development is thought to be far enough along that the product could be announced in September, and released in November.

Other companies are said to be aware of the impending device, and holding off on products of their own. "It's close enough now to a final design that in Asia, there's no other product in the waiting room or in the bullpen," according to the analyst. "There are dozens of ODMs [original device makers] making products for Lenovo and other PC makers that are all waiting to see what the Apple product is."

Little else is known about the tablet, but the source suggests that it should be amply capable of HD video. "It's better than the average movie experience, when you hold this thing in your hands," the person adds. Speculation from miscellaneous analysts quoted by Barron's holds that the product could cost between $699 and $799, and handle tasks normally split between separate devices, such as gaming and home media streaming.

A September announcement would echo some other forecasts, but not information obtained by Apple Insider, which claims that Apple has penned a Q1 2010 release date for the tablet into its calendar.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Gaming and streaming...

    so it's very unlikely to be running full desktop OSX. Gaming alone means that tablet is going to be using the games from the App Store and I'll bet some developers are already on the stick coding games specifically for that tablet device. I so hope the hype doesn't ruin the expectations.

  1. dogzilla

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Which means...

    It inherits all the many, many liabilities of the App Store. There's no way I'll ever buy another device that is tied to the current incarnation of the App Store. Not just because Apple have arbitrarily decided to deny, cripple and pull apps that I need/want, but because at this point some great developers are pulling out and others are not even getting involved, meaning that its viability as a platform is in serious question.

    Until something changes, and changes in a dramatic fashion, I'll sit this one out.

  1. Peter Bonte

    Joined: Dec 1969


    App Store

    It has to be with the App Store, that is for sure. Luckily the browser will support the Android/Chrome apps so there will be more choice for apps in the future. If these Google apps could be transformed into chrome-widgets then they would become a viable replacement for the regular apps.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    So we're supposed to believe Apple entrusted showing their new-fangled top-secret tablet to an analyst so trustworthy they've gone off and spilled the beans to the media?

    And the analyst is so keyed in, he also knows everyone is just waiting to see what Apple is doing (and certainly not standing still because the market has dried up for such devices).

    And then they ask even more analysts to guess at what price Apple might consider selling this device at.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    And if Apple does come out with one of these things, will it come with a stylus so people could actually write/draw on the thing, or require everyone to revert to kindergarten and 'fingerpaint' everything?

    And what is the target market for this? I seem to recall one big complaint of the Kindle was its size, thus making it not very mobile (not pocketable, take-it-anywhere type of thing). Seems to me this has the same issue. So, for what then? Besides something to sell to those who'll buy all things apple?

  1. IxOsX

    Joined: Dec 1969


    To work or to Play

    Ideally could be both... But is very soon to say anything. So lets see what happen. One thing is certain, they will try rentabilize the idea of a more extended AppStore. So the question is will they close the OS Enviroment to PORTS and OSX Software? But they have the new OS X Snow Leopard, that could be very important for business. So lets see what is the priority of Apple. One iTablet just looking to be a bigger iPhone, or an iTablet looking to be revolutionary and more open (running OS X Apps and Ports software).

    That will be the difference between fail and success.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    tomorrow's headlines


    "Veteran analyst jumps to his death after being interrogated by Apple security* over missing Apple tablet prototype"

    *yes, I know it was FoxConn not Apple...

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