∞ 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.