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Researcher backs theory of two Apple tablets

updated 11:10 am EDT, Wed August 19, 2009

Two tablets debunked?

A second source has backed the idea of Apple producing not one but two tablets, according to BusinessWeek. Richard Doherty, a director at the market research firm Envisioneering Group, claims that Apple has developed prototypes of two different tablets: one resembling a large iPod, with a six-inch screen, and another with a larger display. One or both devices could launch in September, Doherty suggests, depending on the say-so of Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

The view is contested by one of the original sources of the tablet information, who insists that the company still has only one 10-inch tablet in development, and that it will ship no earlier than the first quarter of 2010. Such observations are backed by a known order of 10-inch screens, and multiple reports saying a September press event will be strictly iPod- and iTunes-focused. Apple has typically excluded other products from its September announcements.

Doherty further argues that tablets may start at $679, and support titles from the App Store, which was originally created for the iPhone and iPod touch. The larger of the prototypes is allegedly able to run all Mac software, while the smaller one may be intended mostly for games, videos and e-books. Separate rumors have hinted that Apple may want to position a tablet as an ideal e-book reader.

by MacNN Staff




  1. macnorway2000

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The sizes...

    ...are probably just leak clues... Different people are told/shown different things...

  1. Leftnotracks

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What a load of


  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    who exactly wants to be carrying around a 6" ipod?

    As for the 10" tablet, whether that's of any use will depend completely on whether it uses OS X or just the iPhone OS, and will it have a stylus and support for real peripherals (like keyboards/mice) rather than having to do things on screen.

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Tablets are such a niche market, its hard to see Apple getting into it. Or is it only a niche market because Apple isn't in it? And if they get into it, will we also have to hear about Apple tablet killers being released by the other PC vendors (regardless that they already are selling tablets?)

  1. gunnaaarrgh

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Please do us a favor and refrain from calling these people researchers. That is a title that should be reserved for people with an actual science background. At least include the prefix "market" in the headline so that we can properly identify this article as entertainment.

  1. handydan

    Joined: Dec 1969


    e book reader?

    I can't see this as an e book reader battery life, eye strain etc. I think the kindle has this market.

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Slip it in......

    Slip it in the briefcase when on the move, but pop it out at the cafe, on the train, at work. Dock it at home.

    Wow that all sounds very suggestive. Suggestive of it being a real product. ;)

    - A

  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Something wrong with a

    a six-inch iPod, now? So now MIDs are going to failures, too. I don't get it. It's like size governs every mobile device now. I'm sure initially car buyers thought that SUVs wouldn't have been so popular since they were gas guzzlers, didn't fit in small spaces and were generally more expensive to own.
    Why don't people wait until they try using the damn devices before they say it's too much trouble or it's going to be a failure. These larger devices might prove very practical if they have good software or content on them.

    If I had to have someone fashion me a specialized carrying case I'd carry it if it did what I needed it to do.

  1. bluejammm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I'll take a 6 inch.

    I would be first in line for the six inch. Ten inch...h***, might as well just stick with a Macbook.
    The six inch iPod Touch is perfect. Photos will be just smaller than 4x6 prints and still fit in a cargo pocket.
    I like it and so will (would) many others.
    Just please make it at least 64gb!

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