An Apple tablet is to be announced in September, says unnamed analyst.
I don’t think anyone will argue that Apple is at the top of its game when it comes to innovative products that are exceptionally likely to hit a chord with consumers. Take the iPhone 3GS smartphone
, the latest iteration of the device to hit market. The phone is a fantastic improvement on an already very good phone, and it is selling in huge volumes across the world -- to the point where Apple literally cannot manufacture them fast enough.
One of the things that Apple fans and fans of netbooks in general have been clamoring for is an Apple netbook. In fact, Apple is the sole hold out from the major computer makers that doesn't offer a netbook.
One anonymous analyst claims that the days of no netbook (or at least a netbook-esque offering) from Apple are very limited. An unnamed analyst has claimed to have seen and held the fabled Apple tablet in person
. (Though it must be said that it's necessary to suspend disbelief here, as Apple does not show anything to anyone save a couple of favoured US-based journalists in advance of a launch -- and only ever a week or so in advance.)
The tablet is said to be announced in September and will then ship around November. The device will supposedly support gaming and multimedia functions.
The announcement of the tablet and possible ship date is said to be one of the major reasons why some of the high profile netbook builders have held off on shipping new netbooks. I guess they don’t want to be embarrassed by offering something inferior to Apple's offering. The rumored retail price is $700 to $800, and all I can say is if that rumored price turns out to be true the device had better be a whole lot more than simply a larger iPhone.