Steve Chuang, reporting for The Taiwan Economic News, says that Apple will launch their tablet in February with Taiwanese suppliers beginning to deliver parts in December.
The tablet PC features a 9.6-inch screen, finger-touch function and built-in HSPDA (high speed download packet access) module, and adopts a P.A. SEMI processor chip and long lasting battery pack, selling for between US$799 and US$999.
Steve Chuang goes on to say that DynaPack will supply up to 300,000 batteries a month for the tablet while Wintek will supply touchscreens for the device.
There isn’t a lot of new information with this report, other than the inclusion of what suppliers will be making parts for the device.
Update 10/4/09: Jeremy Horwitz of iLounge reveals “Ten New Details on the Apple Tablet.” The most interesting of which are:
- The latest prototype has a 10.7-inch screen.
- The tablet runs iPhoneOS.
- There will be two versions, one with 3G and one without.
- Apple is currently planning to announce it on or before January 19, 2010 with a release date in May or June.
Brian Lam, of Gizmodo also reveals some details about the tablets potential as an e-book reader.
Update 10/7/09: Brad Stone, of the New York Times, reports that, not only has Apple been working on the tablet since 2003, but Steve Jobs has questioned “what [tablets] were good for besides surfing the Web in the bathroom.”
Update 10/7/09: Apple Tablet Coming in Q1 2010
Update 12/8/09: ‘TabletMac’ Trademark and Apple Tablet Pricing
Update 12/28/09: Apple Tablet May be Announced in January
Update 1/6/10: Apple May Ship Tablet in March