Apple Tablet Predicted in 2010

May 22, 2009

More speculation surfaced that an the Apple Tablet to fill the void between its $400 iPod touch (32GB) and $1,000 MacBook. A research note from investment firm Piper Jaffray, analyst Gene MunsterIn  says he thinks the upcoming device with a price tag of less than $700 is more of touchscreen tablet than a notebook, and he cites a number of sources. Including patents, statements from Apple concerning the current state of netbook-class products, Apple’s own in-house chip designers including the company’s acquisition of low-power chipmaker PA Semi a year ago, and recent hiring patterns, concluding that Apple is working on such a device. Munster said he expects to see a touchscreen tablet with a 7 to 10-inch screen launch in the first have of 2010,  with an operating system more robust than the one used on the iPhone but optimized for multitouch, unlike Mac OSX. He said the OS could be close to the mobile OS and run App Store apps, or it could be a modified version of OSX, and run Mac apps. The complexity of the operating system software, he says, is why no launch is likely before next year.

Munster states:

We are anticipating a new category of Apple products with an operating system more robust than the iPhone’s but optimized for multi-touch, unlike Mac OS X. The device’s OS could bear a close resemblance to Apple’s mobile OS and run App Store apps, or it could be a modified version of Mac OS X. We expect the development of such an OS to be underway currently, but its complexity, along with our conversations with a key company in the mobile space, leads us to believe it will not launch until CY10.


One Response to “Apple Tablet Predicted in 2010”

  1. billy on May 26th, 2009 10:22 pm

    Looking forward to this product so that I can view easily on the road.

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