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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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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).

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