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Jobs delaying tablet debut, pushing Apple TV refresh?

updated 12:15 pm EDT, Tue September 22, 2009

Shifting priorities at Apple

The rumored Apple tablet device is now getting the maximum possible attention from CEO Steve Jobs, accounts say. Although the claim does not differ significantly from earlier reports, new information suggests that the executive considers the tablet to be extremely important, such that it is being deliberately held back from a holiday 2009 release. The goal is to have the most exciting launch possible, and so the tablet should instead become available in 2010, in keeping with some other rumors.

The Apple TV is conversely said to be on a fast track towards a refresh, having long been neglected except for a recent price cut. Both the hardware and software teams responsible for the Apple TV are said to be putting in extra working hours, which could mean the device will be refreshed in time for the holidays, or least early 2010. It is unknown what features may be added, but these could include significantly higher storage capacities, 1080p support, and implementation of recent iTunes technologies such as Home Sharing, iTunes Extras and iTunes LP.

by MacNN Staff



  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple Computer

    "We make our own holiday shopping seasons..."

  1. LenE

    Joined: Dec 1969


    New Software

    New software could breathe new life into the existing hardware (now two and a half years old), if a few Snow Leopard upgrades are put in. Not everything should come over, because there is simply not enough headroom, but some things would really help.

    I just checked on my v2.4 software, and the kernel is currently Darwin 8.8.2, while Snow Leopard 10.6.x is Darwin 10.0.0. Just the changes from compiling the kernel and front row software with LLVM and Clang, as SL is, should make the AppleTV more responsive. Also adding support for the current iTunes available media (Audiobooks, iTunes U, radio streams) would make the device more usable, without requiring improved hardware. There is certainly enough ability to enable the new video streaming from the iPhone and Quicktime X.

    -- Len

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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I'm sorry, but unless this tablet is not just a large iPod/iPhone and not just another OS X machine, how 'exciting' can a release be?

    The iPhone, at least, had a whole new OS with a whole new paradigm attached. There's nothing about a tablet that's going to bring down the house if everything else about it is just more of the same. (Well, not counting the apple fanboydom who slaver over anything Apple releases as the next greatest technical achievement.)

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "launch possible". that's what is says. exciting launch possible.

    so, this thing that nobody has seen so nobody knows nuttin about it and you're already making declarations. seems the entire purpose of your post was so you could get in your daily fanboy dig.

    you just keep banging against that wall that will never yield. your head has got to be hurting by now.

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  1. chippie

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple Running Scared

    Other companies have tablets for sale, while a few others are planning releases in the next half year. Book readers are growing in popularity. If the market is just a small niche, apple may have lost a good chunk of these customers for being late. I am all for fierce competition because it is the consumer that wins the most. Other electronic companies seem to have learnt the lesson that consumers want nice looking devices, and that most consumers find apple a bit overpriced. If a company can make a similar device to apple's at a reasonably lower price, it will sell. Hooray for some serious competition directed apple's way( their prices are dropping ). I tried to hold out for an apple netbook/tablet but purchased a 11.6 inch instead running xp. I spent about 14 hours customizing the software ( basically replacing all the microsoft components with something else ) and now I am very pleased with the machine and the 750 euros I saved by not buying a 13.3 macbook pro. My 11.6 inch is used for travel which I do about 6 days a month. I use it mainly to email, surf and catchup on TV and movies. It has 1366 X 768 res. The higher the resolution of the media, the better it looks on the screen. I have apple desktops and a 17 inch pro at home and was very reluctant to go back to a windows machine, but apple offered me no keyboarded choice in the ultra-portable category. I say it again, I am very pleased with the machine.

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