The Apple Tablet: 10.1'' IPhone

Posted: Dec 31 2009, 10:00am CST | by , Updated: Aug 10 2010, 8:01am CDT, in Rumors | Rumors

 
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If the Apple tablet is ever announced we're going to have a ball looking through all of these dozens of rumors that have leaked out over the past few days to figure out just which "trusted sources" are full of bull. Until that happy day, we'll continue to chase every last iSlate/iPad rumor that manages to raise its head up out of the much long enough to make a target. Kaifu Lee is the ex-president of Google China, and a former employee of the Apple corporation. He currently runs his own start-up company called Innovation Works. One of his investors is none other than Terry Guo, the president of Foxconn. Most of the recent iTablet rumors name Foxconn as the company building the new tablet. Since Kaifu has a connection to Foxconn, Cloned In China thinks his claim to know details about the Apple tablet may be legit.Mr. Lee stated that the Apple tablet looks like a really big iPhone with a 10.1" multi-touch screen, "awesome" UI and 3D technology. The tablet apparently "combines the functions of a netbook and a kindle" and also supports video conferencing. The price of this wonder-gadget is expected to be less than one thousand dollars, and Kaifu says Apple expects to produce 10 million tablets in year one of production. While Lee definitely has good qualifications as a source, I just don't know that I can buy this. "Under a thousand" means closer to a thousand than to five-hundred. If this tablet launches at $700+, who is going to buy it? Wealthy Apple fanatics should count for something, but ten million sales? Apple got away with selling the iPhone for an exorbitant fee when it first launched (not this exorbitant though) because they were producing a legitimately indispensable gadget. How is Apple going to convince cash-strapped consumers to drop hundreds of dollars on a novelty entertainment product?

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/5" rel="author">Robert Evans</a>
The excitement about new smartphones, tablets and anything mobile drive Robert to unearth the latest rumors and developments in this fast moving space. He adopted 4G as soon as it become available and knows where the mobile market is going.
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