Apple Tablet PC likely to arrive only by second half of 2010

November 19, 2009, By Sanjeev Ramachandran


The Apple Tablet PC will have to wait, or so it seems. The PC maker is likely to put off the launch to sometime around the second half of next year. Apple had been planning to bring the device to the market by the March of 2010.

The postponement is being mulled over owing to the fact that Apple has decided to switch components and launch one more model using a 9.7-inch OLED panel from LG Display. In fact, reports quoting component manufacturers say that two Apple Tablets, one with a 10.6-inch LCD TFT display and the other with a 9.7-inch OLED display would hit the market by the second half of 2010. Significantly, LG Display is said to be working on the 9.7-inch OLED version.

Taiwanese reports, in the meanwhile, suggest that Foxconn Electronics, Quanta Computer and Pegatron Technology are being roped in as manufacturing partners for Apple’s Tablet PC models. This is besides the $500 million LG Display contract Apple has entered into for making the device.

So, when the Tablets arrive in the second half of 2010, what price tags would Apple be attaching on to them is a question that is now being debated. Going by the OLED prices, it is expected that Apple’s 9.7-inch OLED Tablet PC might come for a cost of around US$1,700. This estimate banks on the prices of 9.7-inch OLED panels which currently quote around $500. Meanwhile, the 10.6-inch version might see prices hovering around $1,000. For a confirmed status, we will have to wait for a bit more, we guess.

(Via Slashgear)

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