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Apple tablet to come in two editions?

updated 12:35 pm EDT, Thu August 13, 2009

Two Apple tablet models?

A slew of details have emerged on Apple's rumored tablet device, according to an anonymous source. Claiming to have sat on meetings regarding the product, the source says that it will indeed use a 10-inch touchscreen, and in many respects resemble an oversized iPhone. This extends to the presence of a Home button, and a black resin backing.

Critically the source suggests that the tablet will come in two editions, one with a webcam, and another for educational markets. Although the device is described as somewhere in between an iPhone and a MacBook, prices are expected to fall between $700 and $900, or roughly twice the cost of a normal Windows- or Linux-based netbook. Compensating may be the ability to use the tablet as a secondary display or controller for Macs.

Backing previous reports, the source claims the tablet has been under development for four to six years. A prototype was finally built towards the end of 2008; Apple's average time to market after an initial prototype is said to be six to nine months, which may position the tablet for a release in September, or at least during the holiday season. Some analysts have called for an early 2010 timeframe.

Apple recently shot a promotional video for an unknown product in the small California town of Truckee, which could support a 2009 launch.

by MacNN Staff



  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Yes, it comes in 2 versions: one I won't be buying and one I won't be allowed to buy.

    Come on, really? $700-$900 and it'll probably be as locked down as the iPhone/touch? Other than the second display thing, how is this anything more than a large screen iPhone?

    And will we be deemed worthy enough to be allowed to plug in an SD or CF card to upload pics while traveling? Upgradeable capacity so I don't have to buy an entirely new unit every single year? How about even playing Flash movies, something that a $400 cheaper netbook can do just fine?

  1. byRyan

    Joined: Dec 1969


    two editions

    yes - it comes in two editions... "rumor" and "speculation"

    Personally - I prefer the Speculation version... I hear it comes with a TV remote, and integrated popcorn popper!

  1. slider

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Details and Rumors.... hmm.

    Like throwing a blood soaked sponge to a pack of staved wolves.

    Whatever does emerge will have to have a target. While interaction with your Mac would be cool for geeks, I don't really see this as a marketable feature for the general consumer. My guess is that Apple will at least include integration with TV, perhaps with more options currently available with the iPhone. I know there'll be a lot of complaints about what it can't do, but this device is going to have to be simple - focus on Web Browsing, email, and of course I'm sure the app store will be key, so it will have gaming tie-ins such as the accelerometer and take advantage of the larger surface area - perhaps board games with multiple orientation for two to four players. Here doggie doggie.

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: What?

    $900 for an email/web browsing machine that also can run appStore apps? Let alone the large size will make it that much harder to type with the touchscreen (without having to basically treat it like a laptop).

    Seems more like a large toy than something that would actually be useful for the price.

  1. abnyc

    Joined: Dec 1969


    the market

    is going to eat them up and it will be a huge success.

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Portable DVD Killer

    I see it as a Portable DVD player Killer:
    Take it with you to airport, watch movie on 10" screen (just like portable DVD player), play games, check email, internet browsing, cell phone (via detachable bluetooth). It definitely will do Flash if its CPU reaches 2GHz plus. Get yourself an external keyboard will make it act like a laptop. For family on a long trip, hang the tablet behind the seat and let kids watch any just-downloaded movies instantly...... after that, they can play video games with it. There must be something else in the hardware that will blow people's mind away.

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969



    coffeetime dreams: "It definitely will do Flash if its CPU reaches 2GHz plus"
    No, it won't, and it won't.

  1. joecab

    Joined: Dec 1969



    No wireless. Less space than a nomad. Lame.

  1. ViktorCode

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Why are you surprised?

    Why are you surprised with the price tag of $900? This is exactly what any sane person would expect from Apple: it can't cost higher than Apple's notebook, because notebook can do everything this tablet can it is more powerful; and it can't cost lower than iPhone - an "underpowered version" of the same tablet.

    Did you really expect Apple to set netbook-like price on this? Wake up call: netbooks are profitable only because they sell in big numbers with low margins. Apple's business works the other way around: sell premium goods with margin as big as you can fit in there. Want a cheaper tablet? Wait for the answer from Asus, Acer, etc. I bet there will be answer, "iTablet killer".

    While I find the price justified, I can't see market space for this device. Using it as an additional display / controller for your machine is a good idea, the one that should be backed by a solid piece of software. But this feature alone won't be compelling enough to make people like cmoney and others want to buy this ... thing. After all, I can watch video on iPhone, if screen is too small, there's a MacBook. Same about reading, and other media consumption activity. What makes the tablet unique? Interactivity, big touch screen. How to turn that into top notch product? No idea.

  1. ViktorCode

    Joined: Dec 1969


    2 all u Flash admirers

    Forgot to mention - I LOVE that there's no Flash on the iPhone. Yeah, it prevents me to watch videos on various sites, but let's face the truth: 99% of Flash on the web is annoying banner adverts that slow down page rendering and load times. And that's exactly what you will encounter on EVERY site out there, NOT the much desired ability to watch video you want.

    Unfortunately, the day may come when flash finally will appear on the iPhone, and as usual Apple won't let us turn it of...

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