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$1,000 Apple Tablet Unveiled In January, Landing In March?

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$1,000 Apple Tablet Unveiled In January, Landing In March?

Blind luck or does Apple have a great knack of undercutting CES each and every year?

We'll give it the benefit of the doubt this time, but as I scribble this from the Virgin Lounge at Heathrow (very nice indeed!), the Wall Street Journal has given me yet one more thing to do before I embark upon our flight to Vegas.

"Looking to build on the momentum of its iPhone and iPod, Apple Inc. will unveil a new multimedia tablet device later this month, but isn't planning to ship the product until March," said the WSJ in its exclusive. "While the device's ship date hasn't been finalized and could still change, people briefed on the matter said the new product will come with a 10 to 11-inch touch screen—which would make it closer in size to Apple's line of MacBook laptops than its smart phone."

Or, err, let me think... closer in size to the netbook and CULV markets it is aiming to take on!

We'll continue to go with the flow though, and the WSJ backs up a lot of what we've all been hearing: subscription based magazine and newspaper content (including the WSJ, I suspect), multi-touch interface, multimedia friendly and no doubt a UI attempt to combine the best aspects of iPhone OS and Mac OS X. One surprise does remain however and that is the cost with the paper claiming a hefty $1,000 RRP (£621). Any UK price will also likely carry a premium too, so would Apple really deliver a £699/£749 tablet which would potentially cut so close to its entry level MacBook line? Probably, it's Apple.

Again a 26/7 January launch date is being bandied around, so at least we should all be put out of misery soon. With the gems of CES long over by then and new netbooks, smartbooks and tablets no doubt flooded upon us it is certainly time Apple reverted to a year of revolution, not evolution.

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via WSJ (subscription required for full article)

Jayboy

January 5, 2010, 3:26 pm

Damn Apple if thats the price then why would i chose this over a MacBook?

Stelph

January 5, 2010, 3:47 pm

Will be interesting to see what apple pull out of the bag, personally I hope that the tablet will have some kind of hinge so that you can hold it like a book partly folded, or even as a small laptop with the bottom screen working as a touchscreen keyboard. Also when you fold it out flat there is no bezel down the middle (though some use of a magic hinge or something) so you can use it as a tablet, plus when folded it will be more portable and will protect the screen.





Unlikely I know, but then that would be a revolution to the Tablet world

jopey

January 5, 2010, 4:19 pm

@Stelph I wouldn't count on any impossible hinges on it. It'll just be a big ipod touch. I think the most advanced tech in it we could hope for is an OLED screen... even that's not likely. The "revolution" of it will be from the software integration and the fact that magazines and newspapers will be on itunes... Steve jobs will single-handily saves the print industry. Which will mean Apple fanboys will be even more insufferable.

Andy0d2

January 5, 2010, 4:26 pm

my bets are something like this. http://netbooked.net/blog/leno...

Cub

January 5, 2010, 4:28 pm

Stop it! Stop it, stop it, just... Stop it!





Rumours like this do nothing but bring on the flame-baiting, and stupid people read them as fact and assume that they're true, and then I get irritated because other people hate blindly and never stop to question, then ffrank comes out with his usual anti-Apple drivel and DrDark makes a witty comment about me and every one gets into yet another variation of the same old heated debate and lots more people will complain about the amount of Apple coverage of the site, and... and... and other whinging stuff!!





Your tag line for the Apple story on Dec. 31st was "I'm just as sick of this as you guys.". No, you're not. If you were, you wouldn't be speculating on every other little tid-bit of information.





Rant over. The rest of your work is great, keep *that* up. Report on the isLate if it ever gets announced, until then, there's plenty of other shiny shiny things being announced out there. Ok. *now* the rant is over.





:)

HSC

January 5, 2010, 4:44 pm

I've been happily using a Toshiba Tablet PC for 5/6 years (+ 3 high power desktops) - although it had a RAM upgrade and an os change to Vista and Win7 its still going strong. It is time for an upgrade now and as a long time iPhone user I hope the apple tablet will be the one.





The key for me will be a quality high res screen, the User Interface, a fully featured web browser (hello flash etc) and an app store that is as plentyful as the iPhone's.

Richard

January 5, 2010, 4:56 pm

@Andrew Violet You're having a laugh yeh? I don't understand why everyone is anticipating what form factor this will be. Sure it will probably be a damn fine device, but it's simply going to be a bigger ipod touch, with maybe some slimmed-down elements of mac OS thrown in for good measure, who knows, it might even be able to handle flash!

Peter

January 5, 2010, 5:08 pm

My bets are a tablet version of this......http://netbooked.net/blog/lenovo-anno...

jopey

January 5, 2010, 5:57 pm

What's with ugly blob laptop pictures? How in the name of heck do people expect this to have a keyboard on it? Don't you know what a tablet is? Apple has a line of laptops, they aren't going to dirty up the tablet form-factor and their product line by having some jank fat twisty flap under their touch-screen. The "touch" and on screen keyboard of the iphone/pod should be clue enough that is going to be touch only. Hell, I wouldn't even bet money on them letting you use a bluetooth/USB keyboard with it; you know what apple are like.

Ryan131

January 5, 2010, 6:06 pm

"Sources don't come much more credible than the Wall Street Journal"





Is this the same Wall Street Journal that said a Mac Tablet would be unveiled in September?

Tim Sutton

January 5, 2010, 6:15 pm

@ jopey





Yes, yes I do know what Apple are like. Which is why MY money is on the simultaneous release of 'iKeyboard'. It'll cost £199 and won't have a space bar until a firmware update.

Singulariter

January 5, 2010, 7:22 pm

"Sources don't come much more credible than the Wall Street Journal"





Is this the same Wall Street Journal that posts articles written by Rush Limbaugh?

ilovethemonkeyhead

January 5, 2010, 7:31 pm

imagine if they end up releasing a touch screen macbook with a folding screen?





because i seriously cannot picture people sitting down and working on something too big to pocket and without a physical keyboard at home. or on the train. or anywhere, for that matter.

Stelph

January 5, 2010, 7:39 pm

@jopey





Oh I agree, itll basically be a big ipod touch, but I can but dream!





Having a hinge but keeping the tablet form factor when flat would make it a revolutionary product in the tablet PC sector as opposed to an evolution IMO. The fact that it would run a modified iPod OS rather than a full OS would keep it seperate from the Macbooks (and because it would essentially be two 5" screens!), but it will never happen "sigh" :-(

Andy0d2

January 5, 2010, 9:00 pm

@richard heh I put it in there as an alternative to the generic (I'm just a big ipod touch) and if you actually read the article its quite a good piece of fairly inovative (two popular devices in one) hardware in its own right without having a apple logo on it. Try actually reading rather than just looking!





The hardware in question is the new lenovo ideapad U1 hybrid. When the screen is docked its a CULV laptop with 8 hour battery life with large HDD or SSD and when removed it becomes a standalone tablet with 16GB SSD with an arm snapdragon processor and custom linux build. A very good concept if you ask me - portable media tablet and CULV ultrapotable roled into one not hugely overly expensive package. The media tablet side of things covers the idea of it being a large tablet (with upscaled iphone OS). Whilst the base allows it to be a not hugely underpowered ultra portable macbook.

Ironduke

January 5, 2010, 9:52 pm

who the hell would want a tablet over a more powerful Macbook at 1000 dollars?





I bet it goes for 800+ in the UK.





complete joke

supersizeme

January 5, 2010, 11:37 pm

@ ilovethemonkeyhead - " because i seriously cannot picture people sitting down and working on something too big to pocket and without a physical keyboard at home. or on the train. or anywhere, for that matter"





What about anyone who uses a sony ereader or amazon kindle - same thing but with countless more possibilities. I for one am looking forward to this

Jay4d0

January 6, 2010, 2:02 am

@ supersizeme: just one major problem with that an ebook reader uses eInk which can be far easier on the eye whereas the apple tablet will not so it will be far better for video and also colour pictures but won't be as good for long text such as a book or newspaper.

betelgeus

January 6, 2010, 3:33 am

why would anyone buy it over a macbook.portability and price a macbook weighs nearly 5 pounds,knowing apple this would weigh 600g or less and be half as thick.





use your imagination it could be a web browser,ereader,logitech harmony type device with hand free calling maybe even control your plugs and light switches.





knowing apple whatever the price we will all want one.

Cub

January 6, 2010, 2:05 pm

@betelgeus "knowing apple whatever the price we will all want one."





You wanna be careful with phrases like that 'round these parts... ;)

Tim Sutton

January 6, 2010, 2:53 pm

@ betelgeus





"knowing apple whatever the price we will all want one."





No. This is a tech site, blind iZombie fanboys prefer to be in places where no-one around them has the knowledge to laugh in their faces and they can all be baselessly smug together over their slickly presented but ultimately mediocre products.





Didn't want a netbook, don't want a nettablet. sarcasm: Not even if it come with the truly wonderful iTunes. /sarcasm

PGrGr

January 6, 2010, 2:56 pm

I agree with cub. This is a reviews website. Please don't descend to the level of rumour mongering. There are loads of blogs out there for those who want that, and I even subscribe to a few myself. I have noticed that rumours about tech releases are often wildly inaccurate.





Amusingly, they often the same cycle though. It goes like this:





1) Rumours surface about a tech release and bloggers blog.


2) Bloggers and their commenters get all agitated and indignant about some aspect of the rumour they don't like. Comments typically form the "they better not do xyz because then they will be the root of all evil" form.


3) The tech is released and turns out to be an evolutionary development of what went before, and the facts completely defuse the indignation of all those referred to in the second stage.





Frankly no-one benefits from this!

betelgeus

January 6, 2010, 4:44 pm

google "lenovo ideapad u1" gives you the basic idea

Gordon394

January 7, 2010, 1:19 am

@Bluepork - it's actually a news and reviews website, hence the 50/50 split on the front page, but thanks for checking. You also seem to be confused about what rumour mongering is. Rumour mongering is spreading unsubstantiated claims as fact. News reporting is reporting what news is hot on the Internet (fact, rumours or otherwise) and analysing their merits, which is what has been done here.

ajibee

January 18, 2013, 5:23 pm

The quotes from Dan Cobley were made about a month or more ago - it's dishonest to repeat them here as if they're recent. Not a good look, TR.

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