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Apple tablet made by Foxconn, to ship early 2010?

updated 07:30 am EDT, Wed October 7, 2009

Apple may ship 300K tablets to start

Apple's often-rumored tablet could ship early next year in relatively modest numbers, a contact said today. Foxconn has reportedly been picked by Apple to make the device and, contrary to rumors of a June ship date, would ship it in early 2010. About 300,000 to 400,000 units would be part of the initial wave.

The DigiTimes insider corroborates recent stories and claims the device would have an unusual 10.6-inch screen as well as a focus on Internet access and e-book reading that, in one rumor, would have Apple putting magazines, novels and other text on the iTunes Store. A very long battery life is also believed to be a centerpiece.

Significantly, the same source adds that Apple is no longer alone and that HP may be developing a similar touchscreen tablet due for spring 2010. HP has been one of the stronger proponents of touchscreens among Windows PC makers and often develops its own custom apps just for touch. Windows 7 will give it native multi-touch support at the OS level.




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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    That settles that

    It must be real. If the rumored device has a rumored manufacturer, all the rumored pieces are in place for a rumored rollout in the rumored month of March.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    And

    Is Apple rolling out 'modest' numbers so they can sell out quickly to the faithful, and then claim it's a sell-out! Or maybe so they can con the media to show all the people standing in line as proof of it's popularity? Esp. if they force 3G down your throats, so you have to stand in line to get 'approved'.

  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Re: And

    Well, the rumored device is rumored to also be available in non-3G form.

  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    I will buy one

    I will buy one and suffer the problems that come with a first iteration Apple product....:)

  1. Peter Bonte

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Low numbers

    I hope the initial batch is bigger than in this rumor, they would sell out extremely fast or be priced very high. Apple can technically easily produce a million tablets a month, this seems like a low number to start.

    10.6-inch is also rather big for a large ipod, this would be more like a Macbook replacement. There is talk about 3 different sizes, it would completely kill all competition if Apple decides to bring them simultaneous on the market.

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