Foxconn rumored to manufacture Apple tablet for Q1 2010

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  • Reply 41 of 108
    irelandireland Posts: 17,798member
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    Originally Posted by Abster2core View Post


    Teckstud, unfortunately there are laws that prohibit us from or openly thinking about burying you in a green plastic bag.



    No offense meant to techstud, but that was a funny comeback lol.
  • Reply 42 of 108
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    Originally Posted by mark2005 View Post


    The rumor was that Apple would announce it in January but not deliver it until late spring. This might be primarily because of FCC approval. But it could also point to a new software platform and Apple giving developers time to write apps for it.



    Not really, late spring is Q2.



    Quote:

    The device is expected to be for sale in the first quarter of 2010, with an alleged initial shipment of 300,000 to 400,000 devices.



  • Reply 43 of 108
    I think we will find that it will be another Apple 'platform' where the most compelling feature will be a furtive ground for the seemingly boundless imagination of programmers both Apple's and more importantly the 'great unwashed.'



    To me the biggest surprise of the iPhone was the App Store. Imagine what can be done on a 10" screen in the game arena, publishing, movies/video, etc.



    As far as uses, I can see it in Academia, students/instructors, medicine not just in the US but worldwide.



    The iPhone has provided a 'halo' effect for the Tablet the way the iPod provided a 'halo' effect for Mac's.....and iPhones, for that matter.



    Apple is all about the 'ecosystem' and this is another platform to extend that ecosystem. No doubt it has overlap with Apple laptops, and the iPhone. But although I have an iMac, MacBook and and iPhone I will buy the tablet because of the 10" screen and carry it more than I carry my laptop, but not more than I carry my iPhone.



    Best.
  • Reply 44 of 108
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    Originally Posted by Fonejacker View Post


    My credit card is ready and waiting. Come on January 2010. Gimme, gimme an Apple Tablet.



    Your credit card is ready to purchase an item that has only been rumored to exist, and there have been no images or other tangible evidence from Apple of how it works? How do you know you will like it?
  • Reply 45 of 108
    I wonder if it'll have a camera for video chat or video calling.



    If it's 3g, will it be tied to AT&T and will you be able to make phone calls from it (imagine losing your bluetooth and holding it up to your head like a giant iPhone)?



    If a magazine were to port itself to a pay-per-download iTunes-type environment, you'd assume it would have to take down its legacy website to force people to download. Or would it?
  • Reply 46 of 108
    anonymouseanonymouse Posts: 6,854member
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    Originally Posted by teckstud View Post


    Has Al Gore, Apple's resident environmentalist, ever spoken out on this?



    If there was ever any doubt that ts has no purpose here but trolling, it was just erased. You live in DUMBO, don't you?
  • Reply 47 of 108
    quadra 610quadra 610 Posts: 6,757member
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    Originally Posted by nondual View Post


    Buddhists don't believe in a 'soul'. Anatman - look it up. Hindus believe in a soul that reincarnates.



    Buddhists believe in the rebirth of karma - not of souls.



    "nondual."



    Figures.
  • Reply 48 of 108
    teckstudteckstud Posts: 6,476member
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    Originally Posted by camroidv27 View Post


    Your credit card is ready to purchase an item that has only been rumored to exist, and there have been no images or other tangible evidence from Apple of how it works? How do you know you will like it?



    Simple, he drank Abster2Core's miracle Kool-Aid elixir- works every time.
  • Reply 49 of 108
    teckstudteckstud Posts: 6,476member
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    Originally Posted by anonymouse View Post


    If there was ever any doubt that ts has no purpose here but trolling, it was just erased. You live in DUMBO, don't you?



    No - but you most obviously are one, aren't you?
  • Reply 50 of 108
    teckstudteckstud Posts: 6,476member
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    Originally Posted by Ireland View Post


    You never answered my question: what has this do to with Al Gore? Or even Apple for that matter.



    Dunno- why did AI post it- last paragraph? You tell me!
  • Reply 51 of 108
    gazoobeegazoobee Posts: 3,754member
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    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post


    ... "The sources indicated they believe the tablet ... will focus more on e-book functionality rather than music, ...



    I think we should start calling it "iBook" right now so as to get used to it.



    I've been telling people for years that this is what it's going to be called, it's way more easy to understand than "iTab" or "iSlate" or any of the others. Especially with a product that consumers are not going to be sure of what they need it for or what it is, giving it a more descriptive name makes a lot of sense.
  • Reply 52 of 108
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    Originally Posted by djsherly View Post


    I think the issue here was nailed a few posts ago. What will compel people to pay for content which they can already get free?



    Believe it or not, there is still a business to selling quality content beyond what is available for free on the web. It amazes me to the extent that this attitude of all intellectual property should be available for "free" is. If someone has a vested interest in something, they will pay for quality reporting.



    The advantage for magazines and newspapers is being able to eliminate hard production costs. It would be interesting to know how much of the cost of a magazine or newspaper goes into physical production. Theoretically the cost of subscription should go down [this should also be the case for iTunes CD's, though the spread isn't near what it should be] for "soft" subscriptions.



    For consumers, the convenience of having with them all the books, newspapers and magazines they want, without the inconvenience of having to carry them, is pretty appealing. Ad to that the interactivity and searchability of the text- and I think it's presents a pretty compelling model for distribution.
  • Reply 53 of 108
    teckstudteckstud Posts: 6,476member
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    Originally Posted by Gazoobee View Post


    I think we should start calling it "iBook" right now so as to get used to it.



    I've been telling people for years that this is what it's going to be called, it's way more easy to understand than "iTab" or "iSlate" or any of the others. Especially with a product that consumers are not going to be sure of what they need it for or what it is, giving it a more descriptive name makes a lot of sense.



    Not "iPad"?



    We already had an iBook- remember? It looked like a toilet seat? Or was it a man of a certain persuasion's purse? Not that their's anything wrong with that. I'll have to ask annoymouse- he'll know.
  • Reply 54 of 108
    cmf2cmf2 Posts: 1,427member
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    Originally Posted by 11thIndian View Post


    Believe it or not, there is still a business to selling quality content beyond what is available for free on the web. It amazes me to the extent that this attitude of all intellectual property should be available for "free" is. If someone has a vested interest in something, they will pay for quality reporting.



    The advantage for magazines and newspapers is being able to eliminate hard production costs. It would be interesting to know how much of the cost of a magazine or newspaper goes into physical production. Theoretically the cost of subscription should go down [this should also be the case for iTunes CD's, though the spread isn't near what it should be] for "soft" subscriptions.



    For consumers, the convenience of having with them all the books, newspapers and magazines they want, without the inconvenience of having to carry them, is pretty appealing. Ad to that the interactivity and searchability of the text- and I think it's presents a pretty compelling model for distribution.



    People are known to pay for convenience. Convenience stores would be an example. ATM's charging ridiculous fees at special events would be another. More relevant of course would be the fact that books still sell despite the existence of libraries and the iTunes store does incredibly well despite the fact that everything on it can be downloaded for free from other sources. Apple gets that.
  • Reply 55 of 108
    olternautolternaut Posts: 1,376member
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    Originally Posted by Ireland View Post


    Couldn't agree more. Actually personally I think the display this device really needs hasn't been invented yet. Colored e-ink with as good response times and color to OLED.



    I hope your wrong.
  • Reply 56 of 108
    sheffsheff Posts: 1,407member
    I'm still skeptical on this one. It seems like if its gonna be an iKindle even the most hardcore fanboys may think twice before getting it. If it is a Macbook Air replacement on the other hand...
  • Reply 57 of 108
    cmf2cmf2 Posts: 1,427member
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    Originally Posted by sheff View Post


    I'm still skeptical on this one. It seems like if its gonna be an iKindle even the most hardcore fanboys may think twice before getting it. If it is a Macbook Air replacement on the other hand...



    It wont be either of those things. Apple isn't into single purpose devices anymore, and a multitouch version of a macbook air would naturally cost more than a macbook air...
  • Reply 58 of 108
    quinneyquinney Posts: 2,528member
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    Originally Posted by djsherly View Post


    I think the issue here was nailed a few posts ago. What will compel people to pay for content which they can already get free?



    Sure, mp3 can be gotten for "free", but reasonable quality magazine content is actually available now, legally, for nothing. That requires a slightly different approach to what has worked in the past with respect to musical content. Not only do you have to convince people to use this device to get content, but also convince people to pay for it. Perhaps this is where offshoots of the iTunes LP paradigm come in, rejigged for a magazine format.



    Publishers are realizing that giving away their content for free is not a sustainable model. Those that have not already gone under are rethinking the idea. Internet tablet devices will provide a market for paid online subscriptions. The content can be pushed to subscribers whenever it is available, rather than monthly, like a print magazine. If Apple's tablet is successful, we know many other companies will make "me too" devices, further expanding the market.
  • Reply 59 of 108
    solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
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    Originally Posted by digitalclips View Post


    I could be wrong but I suspect SJ is going to do to publishing what he did to music. The iTunes ecosystem will become the place to get a magazine or a book if he does. No doubt at first to be laughed at and scorned just as the early days his forays into trying to enter the music business were. Time will tell.



    I think you are right. I?ve been wondering?and asking?what the focus and ?killer app? is for this device since the rumours and mockups started popping up. The best business use seems to be the medical field, but I can?t recall Apple ever focusing on business first and foremost. That seems to be more of a complimentary focus to a consumer-based product.



    With print newspapers and magazines not faring so welling in this digital age and having to compete online with paid content that doesn?t seem to get the same readership as print did or with ad-supported content that doesn?t seem to bank them as much money, Jobs may be coming to them with a solution that they can?t say no to.



    E-Ink may have a future when the resolution is higher and when it has colour, but right now it?s far from ideal. I can?t stand any eBooks on the market today; but I really want to like them. Besides the afore mentioned poor readability they just don?t offer enough versatility for my needs, so I think you are dead on here. The difference I see is that publishing companies know they need help, while the record labels thought things were pretty good before the iTS.
  • Reply 60 of 108
    allblueallblue Posts: 393member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by 11thIndian View Post


    The advantage for magazines and newspapers is being able to eliminate hard production costs. It would be interesting to know how much of the cost of a magazine or newspaper goes into physical production. Theoretically the cost of subscription should go down [this should also be the case for iTunes CD's, though the spread isn't near what it should be] for "soft" subscriptions.



    Not forgetting the other significant cost - distribution. Think of all those vans going to all those different outlets. A few years ago I produced a small circulation magazine and the distribution cost (which included the retailers cut) was 50% of cover price. A service as mooted here would be a boon for small specialist publications as well as the big boys.
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