Category: Notebooks

Minor issues to delay Apple tablet launch?

image Apple’s tablet could be launched in June instead of the expected March launch date, according to Kaufman Bros analyst Shaw Wu.

Wu believes that “minor issues” with battery life and durability could postpone the tablet’s release, although he still expects the device he describes as a “super iPod touch” to be formally introduced at the January 27 event.

The analyst claims that checks with supply chain sources indicate the launch pattern for the tablet could follow that of the first-generation iPhone in 2007. The first iPhone was introduced in January and launched six months later. He also expects the device to cost around $999, substantially more than Gene Munster’s estimate of $600.

In his note to clients, Wu wrote:

“This tablet product has been described to us as a hybrid between an iPhone/iPod touch and a mac but in terms of software and components, it appears closer to the former, meaning it is most likely ARM based. From our understanding, it is not intended to replace a Mac but be somewhat of a ‘super’ iPod touch where video, gaming, Web browsing, e-books and the ability to run multiple apps would be enhanced with the much larger screen.”


Apple tablet to carry PA Semi chip.

According to The Street, Apple’s widely anticipated tablet will not carry an Intel processor as many expected.

Instead, the tablet device will run on a processor developed by P.A. Semi, a chip manufacturer that Apple acquired two years ago, according to Northeast Securities analyst Ashok Kumar.

This could turn out to be a significant blow for Intel if Apple’s tablet computer turns out to be a big hit.

Some have blamed the delay of the Apple tablet launch on the choice of the processor as the company wanted to design its own chip after buying P.A. Semi.

Apple is expected to introduce the device in late January during a special media event reportedly scheduled to take place on Wednesday, January 27th in San Francisco.


Apple tablet interface to command ‘steep learning curve’?

imageCult of Mac reports that it have received information that the interface of Apple’s highly anticipated tablet will come with a “steep learning curve”.

The source, who claims to have contact with an Apple employee, said:

“I just heard [to] be ready for a steep learning curve regarding the “new” Apple product about to be released [and its] interface. This person is an employee of Apple and had just had a meeting regarding some of the new things coming. He/She would not go into details, but did say that he/she hoped we liked learning.”

No particular details have emanated from the report but it has been common to hear that the Apple tablet’s interface will be a surprise to many.


Apple tablet component suppliers identified?

Taiwanese site DigitTimes claims that Innolux, the panel-making subsidiary of the Foxconn Group, will be the initial supplier of touch panels for the rumored Apple tablet with Wintek becoming an additional supplier later on.

According to their sources, Foxconn’s optical glass processing subsidiary G-Tech Optoelectronics will provide a glass strengthening process for the 10-inch screen.

The sources added that optical film maker Wah Hong Industrial, another Taiwan-based firm, has secured component orders for the tablet.

Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) will be the manufacturer of the device.

Apple is expected to announce its “iTablet” in January with analysts predicting shipments to start in March.


Apple tablet with 7-inch screen to be announced next month?

Boy Genius Report claims that Apple’s hotly discussed tablet will be announced in January and that the introduction of a 7-inch model is a certainty, according to a source that has been “amazingly accurate”.

Speculation on the tablet have suggested for the most part that it will come in a 10-inch model but the source cannot confirm whether a 10-inch version is in the cards.

Rumors over Apple’s tablet have been rampant lately with the news of subscription television services from Apple that may be offered on their tablet device.