Apple is separating the new smartphones into its usual low-cost versus high-cost categories, with big differences between the two models coming down to the camera, display, and battery life.
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Apple January 26th Event 'Confirmed' by Internal Source? Focus on 'Mobility Space'?
Following a Financial Times report that Apple has scheduled a special media event for January 26th in San Francisco, I've spoken to a source inside Apple who confirmed a "big" event for January.
While nothing official has been handed down from the notoriously tight-lipped company, my source took the Financial Times report one step further by saying this event will focus on the mobility space, meaning we'll see something related to the iPhone/Touch product line.
Earlier this week, Cloned in China pointed to a Chinese-language article [Google translation] about a blog post apparently from former Google China president Kai-Fu Lee claiming that device will in fact be introduced in January at a price point of under $1000 and will carry a 10.1" multi-touch screen and offer an "amazing user interface", video conferencing capabilities, and e-book offerings in a package described as a "large iPhone". Lee also claims that Apple is expecting first-year sales of 10 million units, far above most observers' expectations at this time.
Lee theoretically could be in a position to have information about the Apple tablet, as his current venture capital company has attracted Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn as an investor. Furthermore, Lee was an executive at Apple during the early 1990s and oversaw development of the Apple Newton handheld device among other projects. Later in the decade, after a stint at SGI, Lee was reportedly personally invited back to Apple by Steve Jobs despite the two never having spoken before, an offer Lee declined in order to return to his native China with Microsoft.
One would think that Lee's reputation and experience in the industry with such heavyweights as Apple, Google, Microsoft and SGI would cause him to refrain from publicly sharing any inside information he might have on such a secret project as the tablet, but it is an intriguing possibility, despite the lack of any new, groundbreaking details.