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An Apple tablet is reportedly confirmed and set for a launch in Q1 2010. The tablet is pictured here in an artist's rendition, next to an iPhone for perspective.  (Source: Apple Insider)
New Apple Tablet harkens back to memories of the Newton

Speculation has been high that Apple may be developing a tablet device and that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs himself may be handling the design.  Now, according to a report from Apple Insider, those reports have been confirmed and a solid release date has been scheduled for the new device, which harkens back to memories of Apple's much beloved Newton PDA.

Apple Insider cites sources close to Apple as saying that the tablet has been added to Apple's internal roadmap by Mr. Jobs and that a Q1 2010 release is planned.  The new tablet will measure approximately 10 inches and will feature 3G connectivity.

The product has been in the works since September of 2007, but reportedly never received the official go-ahead, instead being reset and re-envisioned several times.  The device is expected to retail for somewhere between the high end iPhone's price and the intro price for a MacBook -- with a likely price point seemingly being $799.

People familiar with the device say Apple is in active talks over a contract with Verizon Wireless to provide wireless services for the device.  The tablet will likely use system-on-a-chip processors designed by Apple itself, with the help of its acquired assets from defunct P.A. Semiconductor.

Apple had explored using Atom processors with the device and the iPhone, but it reportedly was unhappy with their power consumption, so it designed its own ARM-based processors, which are found in the iPhone currently.  The move led to Intel vice president of mobility Shane Wall and Pankaj Kedia, the chipmaker's ultra-mobility ecosystems director attacking Apple during a trade show.  Intel's senior vice president Anand Chandrasekher hurriedly issued a correction to his junior executive’s comments.

The new tablet may lure buyers looking for the form factor and battery life of a netbook, but are willing to spend a bit more than the average netbook in exchange for greater functionality.  While it may in essence be a premium netbook of sorts, Apple insists on not billing it as such. 

Apple CEO Steve Jobs once famously dismissed the netbook market commenting, "We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk."

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I don't get it
By chmilz on 7/24/2009 8:32:53 PM , Rating: 3
They can't build a decent netbook for $500 using quality off-the-shelf parts in a market that has parts suppliers competing like mad, but they can build a proprietary device with a full size touchscreen that we'll assume will be of good quality construction with integrated 3G?

RE: I don't get it
By rudy on 7/24/2009 10:38:27 PM , Rating: 3
That is how apple plays just do something different and charge alot for it. Honestly it works great for them and it is rediculous that other companies do not try more. On the other hand when I really get to know a product I often find apple is not the first others have done it but for what ever reason because people like mick are around apple gets the most press about everything.

RE: I don't get it
By ZmaxDP on 7/27/2009 7:12:58 PM , Rating: 2
Last time I checked, companies are responsible for marketing their own products...

Apple does a great job at marketing, so is it any surprise that they get good coverage? I work for a company that does some pretty innovative stuff, but we don't market it at all. I'm not surprised we don't get published, nor do I blame Mick (As tempting as it is, I mean come on, his name is Mick! What is that? Does he wear Alligator boots and jackets and carry a giant knife? Does he have really big, round ears and Mick is just the monosyllabic shortened name he ended up with on Dailytech?).

If a company makes something cool, they have to market it. End of story.

RE: I don't get it
By headbox on 7/28/2009 12:37:36 AM , Rating: 3
oh, that tired argument?

Remind me... what PC maker makes a solid "unibody" aluminum notebook with 8 hours of battery life? The real question is "why is there only one computer maker that actually builds computer out of something other than cheap plastic or old ATX cases filled with a bird's nest of cables?

RE: I don't get it
By tmouse on 7/28/2009 8:11:33 AM , Rating: 1
Since Apple does not make any computers per say (ALL of their parts are made by PC component manufactures) their computers do not have any less wires than any PC. The "unibody" notebook was more about making throw away computers by sealing the batteries than constructing super durable laptops.

RE: I don't get it
By artemicion on 7/24/2009 10:58:23 PM , Rating: 5
It's not that they can't - it's that they don't want to. Apple isn't in the market for making value computers. It'd be like BMW selling a sub-compact aimed at budget car buyers. Some people buy Apples so they can say they have an Apple. When the brand-name has value like that, you don't want people to have access to it for cheap.

RE: I don't get it
By chick0n on 7/25/09, Rating: -1
RE: I don't get it
By teldar on 7/25/2009 9:48:27 AM , Rating: 1
You mean like the BMW 1 series that is going to be introduced in the US in the next year or two?

RE: I don't get it
By Legolias24 on 7/25/2009 12:10:08 PM , Rating: 2
Really, the BMW 1 series has not been released in the US? I'm only saying this because here in Canada, I've started seeing a lot of them on the roads. Nice little car, but they retail for around $33k from the minor research I've done.

RE: I don't get it
By themelon on 7/25/2009 2:01:34 PM , Rating: 3
The 1's came out in the US about 14 months ago. They started out as a 2009 model.

RE: I don't get it
By Scabies on 7/25/2009 5:02:22 PM , Rating: 2
RE: I don't get it
By melgross on 7/25/2009 3:14:56 AM , Rating: 2
There aren't any decent netbooks. I just bought a Toshiba mini BF205 for my daughter who only wanted something that she could do Skype, IM and internet for the summer.

This is new, and got some very good reviews. But even with the upgrade to 2 GB RAM, it's real slow. Works, which came with it, is real slow. Everything is real slow.

RE: I don't get it
By Boze on 7/26/2009 2:04:11 AM , Rating: 2
That's because you haven't wiped it clean and installed Windows 7.

RE: I don't get it
By Alexstarfire on 7/27/2009 8:16:45 PM , Rating: 2
Like MS Works? Open Office works wonders on the Atom Asus EEE that I got my girlfriend around Christmas time. It's not really meant for things that are intensive, like Photoshop. Last time I checked MS Works was poorly optimized and took up a lot of resources. That was a couple years ago though.

I can say that the Asus EEE does run Sims 2, though very slowly, and even Sims 3 (or so she says).

RE: I don't get it
By DarkElfa on 7/25/2009 3:18:50 PM , Rating: 2
Read between the lines. what he said was "We aren't about to sell an actual functioning notebook that would compete because then we would have to let the rabble in.

RE: I don't get it
By GeorgeOu on 7/27/2009 4:21:06 AM , Rating: 4
Apple can build it for $300, but won't sell it for less than $700. They like their fat margins too much.

RE: I don't get it
By peterlws08 on 7/28/2009 7:28:08 AM , Rating: 2
This device will be scary. I think that it will end up being a standard public information terminal. With the face recognition etc. Identify....

"We shipped it on Saturday. Then on Sunday, we rested." -- Steve Jobs on the iPad launch

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