"DigiTimes is reporting that the Apple tablet has been delayed from March 2010 to some time in the “second half” of 2010. Citing sources from component makers, the report claims that the delay is a result of Apple’s decision to switch to a 9.7-inch Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) panel from LG Display.
In addition to upgrading to an 9.7-inch OLED panel Apple is also reportedly considering keeping a less-expensive 10.6-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) model in the lineup, most likely for price reasons.
The story also reports that Apple has enlisted two additional manufacturing partners to build the tablet. iPod maker Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) will be joined by long time Apple contractor Quanta Computer and Pegatron Technology.
DigiTimes estimates that with 9.7-inch OLED panels currently costing about $500 — normally about 30% of the final price tag — a 9.7-inch OLED tablet Mac will cost between $1,500 and $1,700. And that’s Apple’s cost. Assuming component costs drop to around $1,200-1,500 in the second half of 2010 - that could push the retail price of Apple’s OLED tablet upwards of $2,000. Photo: A juicy fake from TUAW, circa 2006."
Gotcha! In all seriousness, whatever the Apple MacTablet, iTablet, iSlate turns out to be, it's been done before. Remember webpads? I do. They came onto the scene and just like netbooks are now, but were quickly supplanted by the notebook and all its functionality. Think about it like this; someone gives you a laptop but it doesn't have a keyboard so inputting data is incredibly slow. It doesn't have a mouse, so all the content-creation tasks you're familiar with are more time consuming to input via the touch screen. Optical media and USB/Firewire ports may or may not be there, but moving files from one location to another is slower because of the inherent limitations of the touch screen a tablet must rely upon.
I'm not saying that an Apple iTablet cannot succeed, I'm saying that the whole tablet thing has already happened. If Apple isn't able to introduce a pervasive new technology, in a format that meets all the requirements of a laptop and adds onto it, the end result will be a gimmick with a very short lifespan.
A computer device like an Apple iTablet is going to cost at least $800-$1000, are you going to invest that much capital into a hamstrung notebook or a full fledged laptop?
Think about it for a moment, brush the hype and expectation aside. Feedback welcome.