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Apple to Debut a 10-Inch Mac Tablet Early Next Year

All Fingers Pointing To an Apple Tablet Coming Next Year

With Amazon's success with the Kindle and Barnes & Noble recently announcing their partnership with Plastic Logic to develop an eReader by early next year, Apple has decided to dive into the wireless reading device market by creating their own tablet.

Set to make an early 2010 launch, the multi-touch, 10-inch, 3G enabled tablet will closely resemble a jumbo iPod Touch and no doubt offer the convenience of downloading books via iTunes. It's also rumored that Apple could work with Verizon to subsidize the tablet and therefore make it more affordable for students.

I'm curious to know if those who haven't splurged for the Kindle would consider purchasing an Apple tablet? And if you're already an iPhone owner, do you think the tablet would be worth owning in addition to your iPhone?


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Akasha Akasha 8 years
I would be all over it if it was a real MacBook or MacBook Pro, and I could use it just like my laptop. I already have an iPhone and don't really enjoy reading books on it or on my laptop as the backlit screen begins to bother my eyes after a while. I recently borrowed my mothers Kindle for a vacation and loved it as it doesn't have the backlit screen issue. I guess I would have to put myself firmly in the wait and see what it is column. I do have to agree with other posters in saying this is something I would have to wait for a second generation version of. As a person who has been an early adopter for years I'm tired of getting burned by tech companies. I almost jumped on the 3GS bandwagon just so I could tether it to my computer, good thing I found out before hand that while the iPhone makes it available AT&T does not.
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 8 years
Yeah idk about this.
LovelyLiLKatie LovelyLiLKatie 8 years
i wonder how much this would coast
wasah wasah 8 years
i remember when the macbook air was first announced and i was so excited about it until it came out.. then all the reviews came out and it really didn't live up to the hype.. as much as i would LOVE to get this, i'd probably wait a while to hear what people think of it and for them to fix all the bugs..
macgirl macgirl 8 years
I had been planning on buying the Kindle, especially with the price drop. These rumors are becoming more and more enticing and now I'm going to wait. If it's a sub $800 tablet with other options beyond the eReader it will be a no brainer for me. I giant iPod Touch would make me happy.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
Oooh nice! I wish my PowerBook hadn't broken at the beginning of this year, so I could have waited for an upgrade. Whether I would buy it, though, depends mostly on the total cost to own. Aside from the price of the tablet itself (I'm guessing, since this is creative tech, that it's going to be around $1700-$2000), will I need to buy any other accessories to effectively use it? What about other services? Insurance? Warranties? Protective casings? This, at least right now, seems like a very expensive piece of equipment. Doesn't make it any less awesome, just not economically cost-effective for me right now.
Jabbadoo Jabbadoo 8 years
Can't wait, can't wait. I'm so all over this! I've been waiting for a large touch, it's exactly what I'd want to use. I can't get an iphone because I'm stuck with Verizon... and my touch obviously only works with a wifi connection, so I'd be thrilled with a ipod tablet 3g deal.
sontaikle sontaikle 8 years
An Apple tablet would probably be very innovative, and something I would probably like to own. I have a personal rule though–never buy a first generation apple product. If this is a true rumor, I'll wait until next year, when the second generation will be arriving before I'll consider purchasing it.
Phil Phil 8 years
I would definitely consider it, but it would have to be really innovative (likely so, particularly for textbooks as a touch screen would make highlighting and note taking scores easier). Still not sold on e-readers since what could be accomplished with them could just as easily be accomplished by a laptop. I do like the idea of a subsidized tablet for students, but don't like the idea of having to once again be contractually attached to a mobile carrier (been through two two-year contracts, and I'm happy to be rid of that chain). If I have to sign up with Verizon or AT&T, I'd rather just stick with the Macbook. Also, there's talk from Financial Times that the Apple Tablet could be ready by the fall when they roll out the new iPod models. Would be excellent timing for me as I'm planning on upgrading in September. Hoping it's true. Haven't really thought this through, but why not create a laptop with a touch screen? I personally like the keyboard and would rather not type on a touchscreen, and I like folding it shut so as to prevent bumps and scratches on the screen. I suppose this may just be me being stubborn (or not, considering the favorability of the Pre's slide keyboard). Anyway, it'll be interesting to see what Apple rolls out. They're especially innovative, but unfortunately closed in a world that is increasingly maligning closed source policies.
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