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Report: Hon Hai to build Apple tablets as soon as September

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A Chinese newspaper has reported that Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. will assemble tablet computers for Apple that may appear for sale as early as September.

The report, published by the Taipei, Taiwan Apple Daily paper and carried by Dow Jones, cited unnamed sources in reporting that Wintek Corp. would supply flat panel screens for the device and that its battery would be built by Dynapack International Technology Corp.

According to AppleInsider's own sources, Apple's expected new tablet device, with a 10" display and integrated 3G service, is not anticipated to arrive before early 2010.

That suggests that the report related to Hon Hai may instead reflect the upcoming third generation iPod touch, which could easily be described as a "tablet computer" and is expected to arrive in the September iPod refresh as both previous new generations.

However, the paper specifically cites the device in its report as having a 10" screen and 3G data service and describes it as being an enlarged iPod, not just a revamped version of the existing iPod touch. The report indicates the model will hit the market in September or October in order to hit the Christmas holiday season, but notes that reports in the 'foreign media' are not expecting it to arrive until the first quarter of next year.

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Oh the rumors. OH the excitment!
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Oh the rumors. OH the excitment!

Apple schedules a conference hall for September 25, 2009.

*The meeting starts*

"Announcing your insanely great CEO, Steve Jobs!"

Steve Jobs walks on stage.

"Hello."

*crowd cheers*

"Snow Leopard is the next great thing. And it goes on sale, today."

WOOOOOOOOO

"One more thing."

*cheers*

"We have been looking at the iPhone, and we've been looking at the MacBook, and we've been wondering, 'People are taking these two portable devices with them everywhere. Is there some way we can put them together?' So we thought about it, and this is what we came up with. It's called the Apple MacBook Wave."

*cheers*

"It comes pre-loaded with Snow Leopard, and built-in GPS and 4G cellular capabilities. And it's going on sale today, for just $799. The most inexpensive MacBook ever."

BOOM

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOO
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Type iTablet into the Google box and there are already almost 600,000 pages.

This is for a product that hasn't been announced yet.

What's the estimate for the number of pages a week from now? A month from now?

How about the day it's announced? Released? A week later?
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Apple schedules a conference hall for September 25, 2009.

*The meeting starts*

"Announcing your insanely great CEO, Steve Jobs!"

Steve Jobs walks on stage.

"Hello."

*crowd cheers*

"Snow Leopard is the next great thing. And it goes on sale, today."

WOOOOOOOOO

"One more thing."

*cheers*

"We have been looking at the iPhone, and we've been looking at the MacBook, and we've been wondering, 'People are taking these two portable devices with them everywhere. Is there some way we can put them together?' So we thought about it, and this is what we came up with. It's called the Apple MacBook Wave."

*cheers*

"It comes pre-loaded with Snow Leopard, and built-in GPS and 4G cellular capabilities. And it's going on sale today, for just $799. The most inexpensive MacBook ever."

BOOM

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOO

That sounds almost textbook, great job haha
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That level and anticipation and speculation is almost too much.
Almost.
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I don't believe it. If this imaginary device is to run App Store apps, none of them will work because they're all written for the wrong display size. If it is to run regular old OSX, then maybe.

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I don't believe it. If this imaginary device is to run App Store apps, none of them will work because they're all written for the wrong display size. If it is to run regular old OSX, then maybe.

Itll be a larger display on both the x and y planes so giving the same relative pixels or size is possible. There is nothing wrong with windowing an app designed for the iPod Touch of iPhone, like with the iPhone Simulator in the SDK, within OS X. There are many iPhone apps Id love to use on my Mac that way.
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I have a beautiful idea for an interface for Apple Tablet. It's been done by Apple, and suits this type of device. Imagine a full screen frontrow interface, where you can flip through giant icons and select the application you would like you use. It launches the applications full screen as if you were on a mac. No dock, No dropdown menus, no desktop, no multitasking (although I would like multitasking with this OS, apple wouldn't allow it). Portrait, lanscape however you like it. They would have a word processing document, safari, itunes as manifested in frontrow, a preferences application which allowed you to change what was on the main menu, a word document application (not sure how they would solve the keyboard issue), a fullscreen camera application. It's essentially the normal iPod interface (classic, nano) turned sidways with giant icons. Depending on what you tap, you're brought to another menu with this same interface. A full screen coverflow if you will. Imagine flipping threw your albums, pictures, documents with your hand rather than your finger. Remember when Steve was so exciting with coverflow? Both the iPhone and in iTunes. Soon after they released a similar interface in safari (history 4.0), finder, everything! The entire basis of this OS is full screen flipping. It's much like the iPhone interface, but fits the screen size perfectly. "It's all display."

I'm not sure if anyone else has thought of this, but it seems very fitting for a tablet. If you don't know what frontrow is and you're using a mac, press: apple, esc. And let your mac show you for itself.
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I read in the rumor mills that the iTablet will have 3G. Just curious, i know the iPhone is shackeled to AT&T due to the exclusive contract they have, but would the iTablet be obligated to AT&by that same contract, or could they be free to take it to Verizon?
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My guess is that this time the rumor is true.
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I read in the rumor mills that the iTablet will have 3G. Just curious, i know the iPhone is shackeled to AT&T due to the exclusive contract they have, but would the iTablet be obligated to AT&by that same contract, or could they be free to take it to Verizon?

I believe the contract states that they are tied by voice communications. That's why most articles explicitly state that it's 3G data.
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Why does everything about an Apple product always has some kind of mystery. All these newspapers, magazines, analysts, rumor mills, and dick and harry, everyone claim to hear from unnamed sources.

It always, almost sound like the Jehovah Witnesses, screaming that Jesus is coming.
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I have a beautiful idea ... Imagine a full screen frontrow interface, ...

That would truly be a GUI with underwhelming capabilities.
While the front row interface is nice for simple searching with the same underlying logic as column view in the finder, it would really be lacking versaitiliy in a more fully fledged computer environment.
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if it comes out october, i suspect it will be jailbroken by new years.

appstore integration = crippled OS. (in a good way since apple controls apps and prevents malware) but if you're not retarted jailbreaking greatly improves the experience, unfortunately most are so apple is smart to limit multitask and app installations.
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Why does everything about an Apple product always has some kind of mystery. All these newspapers, magazines, analysts, rumor mills, and dick and harry, everyone claim to hear from unnamed sources.

It always, almost sound like the Jehovah Witnesses, screaming that Jesus is coming.

Not really because Apple usually delivers the product.

The Jehovah Witnesses never have and never will because they have nothing to deliver
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There'll be an App Store specific for this device guys.
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I don't believe it. If this imaginary device is to run App Store apps, none of them will work because they're all written for the wrong display size. If it is to run regular old OSX, then maybe.

That may be exactly what Apple wants. It's a different class of device with a higher native resolution so there's more screen real estate for UIs. Apple most likely would not want quick & dirty ports of iPhone apps. They would want developers to rethink their UIs and optimize them for a higher resolution screen.

Or they could probably upscale to the native resolution with some extra magic to make multi-touch continue working properly. Say the screen is exactly 2X the resolution of the iPhone and you'd get good results. Not optimal for the native resolution of the display but a good short term solution.
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I'd expect Apple to hold the tablet back for CES. Get some buzz when holiday sales wear off. Introduce it in September and every competitor has one at CES. Do it this way and Apple keeps the stage for their new CES presence.
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I'd expect Apple to hold the tablet back for CES. Get some buzz when holiday sales wear off. Introduce it in September and every competitor has one at CES. Do it this way and Apple keeps the stage for their new CES presence.

You could be right
- they could introduce the new ipods in September, which would sell well for xmas

- a new product category introduced at the start of their peak season might confuse the customers - as most people would be trying to figure out what to do with it (myself included)

- so a January infroduction might allow for a smoother, less disruptive introduction.

BTW, anyone else think that 10" seems a little on the large side?
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A.I./Kasper: Your sources said 1st Quarter of 2010. Apple's marketing year has its first quarter in October, doesn't it?

Reading the articles about Apple's quarterly financial reports (the last one was the 21st) there was repeated mention of Apple's 3rd Q results (through June). That would make 4th Q through September.

1st Q 2010 would then be October-December, making your sources tie with this report. Were your sources *explicitly clear* that it was CY2010, and not FY2010?

I'm just curious - I do take all of these with a grain of salt but there's an awful lot of smoke around this 10" device.
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A.I./Kasper: Your sources said 1st Quarter of 2010. Apple's marketing year has its first quarter in October, doesn't it?

Reading the articles about Apple's quarterly financial reports (the last one was the 21st) there was repeated mention of Apple's 3rd Q results (through June). That would make 4th Q through September.

1st Q 2010 would then be October-December, making your sources tie with this report. Were your sources *explicitly clear* that it was CY2010, and not FY2010?

I'm just curious - I do take all of these with a grain of salt but there's an awful lot of smoke around this 10" device.

That is a very intriguing observation!
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Originally Posted by OC4Theo View Post

Why does everything about an Apple product always has some kind of mystery. All these newspapers, magazines, analysts, rumor mills, and dick and harry, everyone claim to hear from unnamed sources.

It always, almost sound like the Jehovah Witnesses, screaming that Jesus is coming.

Better to ask why no other (that I know of) tech company generates this type of excitement. HP, DELL, MS --- no one. (Well maybe gaming machines...)

I think it is because Apple thinks outside of the box.
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TBH there's no point believing this until it's out of Apple's mouth.

If you're an investor, however, this news/rumour gets more interesting and it's actually important to get to the bottom of it.

But I'm just a humble user, covered in AAPL-sauce.
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Better to ask why no other (that I know of) tech company generates this type of excitement. HP, DELL, MS --- no one. (Well maybe gaming machines...)

I think it is because Apple thinks outside of the box.

You got it.

Apple drives the industry. Apple is this industry's guiding light, in virtually all areas. They make products people actually want, and products you never knew you wanted.

Apple is associated with certain ideas (or ideals) in the public consciousness. That didn't happen by accident.
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and everyone will scream because they'll have to get Verizon service to use it.

I still think a simpler device would plug in your 3GS phone as the processor and (network) 3G service.
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Both a September and January CES intros have pros and cons.

I doubt there will be the word "Tablet" in the name. It's been done and it has failed in the past. Name your scene changing product Edsel or Pinto.
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1st Q 2010 would then be October-December, making your sources tie with this report. Were your sources *explicitly clear* that it was CY2010, and not FY2010?

Very good observation. Might be worth messaging AI to see what they think, I don't think they read threads beyond the first few comments.
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Originally Posted by OC4Theo View Post

Why does everything about an Apple product always has some kind of mystery. All these newspapers, magazines, analysts, rumor mills, and dick and harry, everyone claim to hear from unnamed sources.

It always, almost sound like the Jehovah Witnesses, screaming that Jesus is coming.

Good analogy!
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Both a September and January CES intros have pros and cons.

I doubt there will be the word "Tablet" in the name. It's been done and it has failed in the past. Name your scene changing product Edsel or Pinto.

As an Apple insider who does not want to be named,,,,,,,,, :-) .........

This Sept, you will see a 10 inch flat screen device. You take your iPod touch or iPhone and it slides into a slot in the side of the unit. The unit has a large touch screen, large battery and 3G-4G system. The cpu in the new 3GS provides the power and you have your "new computer".

One more thing........ if you down load movies into this device it can play them as a stand alone player.

Not a new system, just new ways of getting access to your material.

Just a thought,
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Didn't Appleinsider post a lot of reasons why a tablet is more likely to run Snow Leopard than iPhone OS? I'd rather it run OSX, so its not so restricted. If iPhone and iPod Touch users are losing really innovative apps to Appstore Restrictions, why would you buy a full fledged (sort of, anyway) computer with those same software restrictions?
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Didn't Appleinsider post a lot of reasons why a tablet is more likely to run Snow Leopard than iPhone OS? I'd rather it run OSX, so its not so restricted. If iPhone and iPod Touch users are losing really innovative apps to Appstore Restrictions, why would you buy a full fledged (sort of, anyway) computer with those same software restrictions?

My guess is that it will either incorporate both. Or be iPhone OS alone.
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It is quite possible the "iTablet" may indeed revolutionize mobile computing. Something with 2x the screen size, faster multicore processing with video processors, higher battery life can be a big success. Personally, I would prefer BYO data plan via Wi-Fi, WiMax, EVDO, by having a slot for carrier card and built in antennas.

Just in education alone it is a huge market. As an example in Medical Schools, entire Anatomy, Neuro, Physiology, In color too with links to the internet. Clinical texts with color photos would be available to be downloaded or online. No more carrying sack full of heavy books to school, In the clinical practice, patient data like labs, radiology, and even real time telemetry would be available and easily read. The current iPhone screen is too small. 4X pixel density would be plus but probably too expensive. Even hi school, college education will change. Just look what Kindle is doing and that is a weak product.

The laptop is too heavy to carry around and battery life is poor especially in hi performance use. Most people do not want to lug a laptop. Even the MacBook Air is a brick to carry around. A 2x sized Tablet would fit in the coat pocket and easily carried around. It would be good if it could tethered via Blue Tooth or even WiFi to a phone plan.

I would not bet on Apple coming up with an Edsel.
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This Sept, you will see a 10 inch flat screen device. You take your iPod touch or iPhone and it slides into a slot in the side of the unit. The unit has a large touch screen, large battery and 3G-4G system. The cpu in the new 3GS provides the power and you have your "new computer".

While that's an interesting concept, the docking station idea is one that has never really caught on. it's too complex to be an Apple idea, where simplicity is key. Docking stations, while useful for some, have VERY limited appeal to the broader market. Apple stopped making the Duo Docking station in 1995..

The iPad would have to be a single and at least 2X larger device than the iPod touch. A 6" or 7" screen, with a high pixel density, would be optimal, I think. Maybe they'd offer a larger screen later? If it's too big or heavy, I'd just carry my MBP.
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Why does everything about an Apple product always has some kind of mystery. All these newspapers, magazines, analysts, rumor mills, and dick and harry, everyone claim to hear from unnamed sources.

It always, almost sound like the Jehovah Witnesses, screaming that Jesus is coming.

From the nytimes this past weekend in an article about artificial intelligence:

"'Something new has taken place in the past five to eight years,' Dr. Horvitz said. 'Technologists are replacing religion, and their ideas are resonating in some ways with the same idea of the Rapture.'"

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I believe the contract states that they are tied by voice communications. That's why most articles explicitly state that it's 3G data.

Will one be able access AT&T 3G's using their current iPhone contract? Or will it be more, separate, etc ?
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An Apple tablet with WiFi would be worth my consideration. With WiFi and with or without 3G, if the data plan is optional, it would be worth my consideration.

If a data plan is mandatory, then I'll pass.
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BTW, anyone else think that 10" seems a little on the large side?

As much as I've been looking forward to it, I have to admit I've had the same thought.
No doubt Apple has done tons of usability testing on it, but I'm trying to envision a comfortable use position for a 10" device.
If you multiply the weight of the iPhone by about 3 (which is what 10" seems to come out to) it feels a bit heavy to hold in one hand.
Laying flat on a table would seem to require that your eyes be pretty much right above it, which doesn't sound too ergonomic for the neck.
I can see bluetooth keyboard and some sort of built in stand, but at that point, what's the purpose? You just have a tiny desktop system.
I really am curious to see how they've approached this. Should be interesting.
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As an Apple insider who does not want to be named,,,,,,,,, :-) .........

This Sept, you will see a 10 inch flat screen device. You take your iPod touch or iPhone and it slides into a slot in the side of the unit. The unit has a large touch screen, large battery and 3G-4G system. The cpu in the new 3GS provides the power and you have your "new computer".

One more thing........ if you down load movies into this device it can play them as a stand alone player.

Not a new system, just new ways of getting access to your material.

...

Total bollocks. Horrible idea that couldn't even be engineered most likely. You know nothing about industrial design at all.
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