Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Start saving up for Apple tablet or netbook

Start saving up for Apple tablet or netbook

The rumors about an Apple tablet or netbook have been revived thanks to a report in the China Times that says the device is on its way in October.

According to a translation in MacRumors Forum, three Taiwanese companies - Foxconn, Wintek and Dynapack - have received orders related to the device.

The story goes on to say the netbook/tablet will not compete against other major netbooks and will likely sell for $800. It's unclear to me if this is a tablet without a keyboard or a more conventional netbook. The story makes it sound like it's a 9.7-inch screen netbook with touch-screen capabilities.

Apple has said in the past that it's keeping an eye out but downplayed any moves into the market because it hasn't figured out a way to make something with those price limitations that's not a piece of junk.

Perhaps Apple has figured it all out. If it's a real netbook, will it be running OS X? Or will it be a souped-up iPod Touch running iPhone OS 3.0? If they can do a $999 Macbook, it's certainly possible to get to $800. But will Apple just strip down a computer or do something really interesting?

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