Originally Posted by cliphord
Well, I'm disappointed. I don't want a 10-inch iPod touch. I already have an iPhone for that crap.
but not everyone does. cause you can't get an iphone on all carriers and in some regions ATT blows so bad it is moronic to switch.
also some folks don't like the iphone/touch because the screen is too small. especially for e-reading and prime video viewing. they actually like the idea (myself included) of having a bigger screen so viewing those 720HD videos might be possible. Plus a bigger device means the possibility of a bigger battery. always a plus.
For example, if I can stay with Verizon and keep a "simple" BlackBerry that's functional for work and personal life AND buy an "iPad" for all the other functions an iPhone offers - what's stopping me?
I predict that will be exactly the case. 3g or whatever will be optional (and unlocked) so if you want you can just wi-fi like a touch. or you can pony up a data plan like you would for a laptop and use both as needed and available.
I also predict that if there is any truth to those Qualcomm rumors about Apple buying a dual CDMA/GSM chip for an iphone device, it is actually the tablet (rumored to be using the iphone os, or one based off of it) that the chips will go into. not an actual phone.
I'm on ATT and was waiting for my contract to run out before getting the iPhone. I hit early upgrade late in November but I"m going to wait a couple of months and see if there's a tablet announcement. I feel like it is plausible they might announce in Feb, release in July to give folks a chance to produce books, magazines, reformatted apps etc. Because if the rumors about the tablet's functions (ipod, netbook, ereader etc) are true, I would rather give ATT data plan money on a tablet and keep my idiot phone for the rare call.
Originally Posted by Gazoobee
Also, my main reason for responding is just that it's tiresome to hear that same statement repeated over and over again, without foundation, without argument, and seemingly by rote.
you get that from either side of any rumor. LTE iphones, CDMA iphones, Blu-ray in the new computers, Apple TV getting a tv tuner.
Originally Posted by cmf2
The greater risk is that people with an iPhone wont see the need for the tablet, which is part of the reason why it wont just be a 10" iPod Touch.
or the greater advantage is that they will target those for whom the iphone was too small for anything but calls.
Originally Posted by al_bundy
do you really believe that AT&T pays Apple $700 for a phone that costs $180 to produce?
I think it is fair to believe that ATT pays at least retail - $100 on the phones. remember that carriers don't make their money on the phones, but on the jacked up service plans. the flip of Apple making the software cheap to sell the not cheap hardware.
Originally Posted by zunx
The Apple iTablet must also run Mac applications. It must be a touch Mac.
says you. the thing is that for many 13 inches is too small for running major apps,even just Pages and such, so 10 inches would be way way too small. Also would it be logical for Apple to risk degrading their laptop market by making yet another Macbook rather than perhaps living up to Jobs implied promise of making a netbook when one could be made that was worthy of the Apple label. The Tablet could be that device. A netbook is designed for web browsing, email etc. It is not a mini laptop. Apple would add their ipod functions, apps etc because that's how they will make a device that is better. Not by bringing back the ibook with a touch screen