3G Enabled Apple Tablet Set for Early 2010

picture-16Apple Insider is reporting that the much talked about Apple Tablet is set for an early 2010 appearance.  The brainchild of Steve Jobs, the Apple Tablet will feature a 10″ touchscreen and 3G.  Apple Insider reports that Jobs had been working behind the scenes during his medical leave, maintaining direct control of the Apple Tablet.

Apple Insider states, “The past six months have reportedly seen the critical pieces fall into place. Jobs, who’s been overseeing the project from his home, office and hospital beds, has finally achieved that much-sought aura of satisfaction. He’s since cemented the device in the company’s 2010 roadmap, where it’s being positioned for a first quarter launch, according to people well-respected by AppleInsider for their striking accuracy in Apple’s internal affairs.”

Although it appears that the Apple Tablet is rumor no more, there are still many unknown variables.  There are many reports that both Apple and AT&T are unhappy with current relations.  Industry whispers are suggesting Verizon as a key player in offering 3G connectivity.  Another major question mark is what processor will power the Apple Tablet.  It was early suggested that Intel’s Atom processor line might provide the juice, but it’s looking like Apple’s own PA Semiconductor will provide the power.  Read more and see detailed artist rendition at Apple Insider.

Comments

  1. Mark Sigal says

    While I am bummed that this is (supposedly) a Q1-2010 release versus a Q4-2009 release, this is good news, and as I have stated it’s a real complex undertaking, as this is no mere iPod with a bigger screen.

    Most fundamentally, it forces the company to define its “matrix” thinking between hardware form factors and software forking decisions (e.g., iPhone OS, Mac OS, hybrid OS, download anything anywhere, exclusively limit to App Store), not to mention the service layer and developer tool interconects between same, a topic that I blogged about in:

    Apple, the ‘Boomer’ Tablet and the Matrix
    http://bit.ly/DwziS

    Check it out, if interested.

    Mark

  2. Mickey Segal says

    The article describes the project as being “reset” many times, accounting for the many rumors of such a product over the past few years.

    A key issue is whether this will be touch-only, or have some provision for a pen.

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