From MacObserver [and this time a price is mentioned]:
WSJ: Apple to Release Tablet in March for $1,000 (Maybe Including WiFi)
January 4th, 2010 at 5:21 PM - News by Bryan Chaffin
Apple is planning to announce its long-rumored tablet in January, but will not be releasing it until March, according to The Wall Street Journal. Citing sources who claim to have been briefed on the device by Apple, the newspaper reported that it will be priced at $1,000, come with a 10 - to - 11 inch screen, and that the price might include a nationwide WiFi subscription.
The Journal's sources also said that Apple was testing two different finishes, but it is unclear if this means Apple is working on multiple versions or trying to pick between the two.
Rumors of an Apple tablet device have swirled hot and heavy for more than a year now, with the latest reports saying that Apple will announce the device during a media event in late January of this year. Apple has yet to announce that media event, nor has it acknowledged that it is working on a tablet device.
Today's report from The Journal bring together several recurring themes in tablet leaks, speculation, and rumors, including the 10 inch (plus) screen, the price tag of $1,000, and the January time frame for an announcement. This is one of the first reports we've seen that said the purchase price might include a WiFi subscription, and it's among the first to pinpoint March as the release date.
Kate sez: For $1,000? I guess I'd have to have a specific need for this device, and I don't know what it would be. Easier to drag around the house? Easier to read than my iPhone at the coffee shop? Guess I'll have to wait and see what it looks like, what it does, etc. $1,000 is a pretty steep price when for a couple hundred more I can have an iMac or MacBook.
I am not very excited at the prospect of this upcoming announcement, whatever it may be.
"Analysts expect Apple to charge less than $1,000 for the device when it does surface. In a report released last week, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said he expects the average cost of the product to fall in the $600 range. He sees the company selling 1.4 million of the devices in its first 9 months on the market. Munster also predicted the device will debut by March."
I'm wondering if it will price out like the iPhone did. High at first then come down 6 months later on version number 2.
That is depending if someone would subsidize the tablet , like AT&T did with the iPhone .
For 999 bucks Apple have better come out with features not fond on a PC net book - like teleportation to another state or country , depending on data plan for sure Otherwise this will be a bigger bomb then the Cube .
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