Apple Tablet Delayed with OLED Model Planned? 3G Possible?
Digitimes claims that Apple is planning on postponing the launch of their long rumored tablet device from March to the second half of 2010 as they make some final adjustments to the device's components.
According to their sources, Apple is working with Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry), Quanta Computer and Pegatron Technology in the manufacturing of two different tablet PCs, one with a 10.6 inch TFT LCD while the other will have a 9.7-inch OLED panel. The reason for the delay is speculated to be related to the relatively high cost of the OLED panel itself which could bring the total cost of the device near $2000. Meanwhile, the 10.6 inch LCD device is estimated to cost around $800-$1000.
It's not clear why Apple would release two such similarly sized models if the only difference was the screen technology. Another interesting possibility, however, mentioned in the article is that the cost of the tablet could be discounted with 3G service, as has been done on the iPhone.
Meanwhile, publishers are already planning ahead for the possibility of a device. Conde Nast is reportedly readying a digital version of Wired magazine in anticipation of increasing popularity of these tablets.