∞ Report: Apple tablet shipments to begin in 1Q10

Apple’s long-rumored tablet computer will begin shipping in the first quarter of 2010, according to a report on DigiTimes. The story says that Apple’s long time manufacturing partner, Foxconn, has been hired to make the device. Initial shipments from Foxconn are said to be in the 300,000-400,000 range.

Citing unnamed sources, DigiTimes said the tablet will feature long battery life and internet connectivity. Supposedly the tablet will focus on the e-book market, perhaps competing with the Kindle.

Apple is said to have approached several publishers in recent weeks about getting their content on the device, which would fit into this strategy.

Industry observers expected the tablet to be unveiled during Apple’s music event in September, but The Loop was able to confirm that it would not be introduced until 2010.

  • Eric

    I suspect it makes sense not to introduce this before the holidays while supplies will be short, and the selection of books not likely to be that large at first.

    My main concern is how will I resist? 🙂

    • Jim Dalrymple

      You will not resist Steve.

  • John Baxter

    I will resist for a while because I won’t buy without seeing a happy user with one, and users (happy or not) will be scarce around here for quite a long time. (There is one other Kindle owner in town about whom I know.)

    Even after seeing an Apple tablet (if they are real) in use, I’ll likely resist.

  • I’ll gladly be an “early adopter.” I’ll even pay a little more at the beginning and watch the others come flooding in when Apple cuts the price down to a third of what I paid. And I won’t complain because I know I’m an early adopter. 🙂

  • Jim Dalrymple

    I’ll be getting one for sure.

  • Greg Haas

    But I thought people didn’t read anymore….

  • charli

    IF this tablet is just an ebook reader then it is the most EPIC FAIL ever.

    Which is why I think that it won’t be. Because I have faith that Steve Jobs and Apple would not have spent the last 5 years developing something so limited and lame.

    I think when the announcement comes it will be for a tablet sized, multitouch device based on the iphone OS which will allow for use as a media player, a game player, an ebook reader AND a true netbook with both wifi and GSM based 3g cellular data access. It will have the same camera, mike and speaker support as the imac, allowing for ichat/aim access. essentially a large ipod touch if you will.

    at the same time they will allow that they are doubling the review staff for the app store with no less than 1/3 of the staff being devoted to the reviewing of previously approved iphone/touch apps that wish to resubmit expanded versions for use on the tablet. as well as announcements about their new interactive ebook format and the tablets ability to view both itunes LP albums and Movie Extras.

    they will announce it in mid Q1 of 2010 with release in July. At which time they will also release a respec’d iphone at 32 and 64 GB that is also legally sim unlocked for use on any GSM supporting carrier. (unlocking of existing phones will be dependent on various laws, contract rules etc)