Originally Posted by Mr Underhill
Maybe you guys can help jog my memory here.
Was it in 2008, after Apple reported quarterly sales figures, that they said they were going to do something in the future that other competitors wouldn't be able to match?
I think it was end of 2008 (or early 2009) they said there was a future product (in that quarter!?) that would reduce Apple's margin. So not likely 1 year later, but it does show that they are (in theory) happy to drop their margin to get a long term competitive advantage.
They also said end of last year to expect increased shipping costs, which was attributed to the 27" iMacs.
Originally Posted by extremeskater
I dont' know 700.00 seems low to me. At 700.00 this would tell me this is nothing more then a larger version of an iPod Touch seeing the 64gb version of the Touch goes for 400.00.
Even the new netbook Windows based Tablets with a 10.1 screen are going for 550.00.
A week or 2 ago someone did a cost breakdown for a 10" screen atom notebook. Ignoring the atom, the 10" screen was $50, the battery for bigger screen and atom processor was $12. So you're right to say that you'd expect simply a bigger iPod Touch for $100 more. Or more precisely, a bigger version of the NEXT iPod Touch, whatever it's internals are.
(Assuming they wanted the same profit margins on the slate as the iPod Touch.)
Originally Posted by dcrudo
There are speculations on what OS would the tablet run. I don't think it will run an iphone OS. If i were apple i would want the tablet to be more like a macbook and share the software. In fact, it was said there is a Multitouch version of iWorks out there. Normally apple doesn't produce multi-platform software, the software is really distinct: either for the iphone, either for computers.
Not a chance it'll run Mac programs. Especially if you look at the patents they've been putting together for this. While you're right that it'd be nice to have one code base and I'm sure they'll do that as much as they can, but the interface is just so different.
But it won't be today's iPhone OS either. Seriously check out the patents they have for recognising a thumb as different to a finger, and using that to enable multiple inter-related pop-up controls (also patented) which can switch from scroll wheels to lists. And patents describing iWork on a tablet etc.
Originally Posted by Dorotea
Actually I would want a big iPod touch. Easier to read and work with. I hate browsing the internet on my iPod touch.... But 10 inches is too big!
There are some things that simply being bigger helps with, until it's too big.
Originally Posted by pmz
I'm pretty convinced (Apple) have a controlled leak going that is a hype machine unlike any other.
I think so. I also think they've put in some disinformation - to deliberately throw of the exact nature of the tablet.
Now which information would they want to mislead us on?
Personally I think anything which fits the common mistakes people make on what a tablet would be would be emphasised by Apple...