The Apple Tablet

  • Posted: 28 December 2009 06:45 AM #16

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  • Posted: 28 December 2009 07:32 AM #17

    Milking early adopters is not actually how Apple operates. Rather a price is set, and stuck to; specs are improved as required to stay competitive at the price point. This is a cornerstone of the trust established between Apple and the customer. In order to establish a high price point, early adopters often get extras included that later customers must buy separately (eg early iPods came with remote, AC adapter, leather belt-clip case, sync cable and earphones).

    If the “magic slate” is innovative, there are two good reasons why it wouldn’t be cheap: the launch risk is enormous if you ship high volumes at low margin; problems are magnified by the high volume, and rendered more costly by the low margins. However much the prototype device has been tested, high volume manufacturing hasn’t been tested, and the internet support infrastructure hasn’t been real-world tested. I expect the product to have a profitable selling price. It’s possible that it will be bundled with an initial service contract.

    Apart from all the old stuff it will do, the slate is about monetizing packages of web (HTML5) content sufficiently well that the new paid-for content economy flourishes and displaces the free-for-all web as well as the physical media distribution model. That’s what Apple has to get right.

         
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    Posted: 28 December 2009 08:06 AM #18

    sleepygeek - 28 December 2009 11:32 AM

    ... Apart from all the old stuff it will do, the slate is about monetizing packages of web (HTML5) content sufficiently well that the new paid-for content economy flourishes and displaces the free-for-all web as well as the physical media distribution model. That’s what Apple has to get right.

    Why is slate the appropriate name for a device with this goal?

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    Posted: 28 December 2009 10:28 AM #19

    Is it assumed that this device will be a touch screen UI?

    Will it make the Macbook obsolete?

    I agree with the sponge, I do not think it is going to be cheap, nor should it be. If demand warrants a higher price, then so be it. I do hope it is not priced so high as to cause a backlash like the iphone. I did like Apple’s response with the $100 credit, I used it to buy my MBPro. One thing is certain, anticipation is a great motivator for moving a stock. Now if we could just get Apple to quit giving away so many shares, we would really be in business.

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  • Posted: 28 December 2009 10:48 AM #20

    Mace - 28 December 2009 12:06 PM
    sleepygeek - 28 December 2009 11:32 AM

    ... Apart from all the old stuff it will do, the slate is about monetizing packages of web (HTML5) content sufficiently well that the new paid-for content economy flourishes and displaces the free-for-all web as well as the physical media distribution model. That’s what Apple has to get right.

    Why is slate the appropriate name for a device with this goal?

    Apple registered iSlate a few years back. Recently bought MacTablet from the folks who adapt MacBooks into touch tablets.

    The intereested statement last week, from a product manager, who said we will be surprised over the way users interact with the tablet implies there will be more than touch or traditional keyboard/mouse. Voice commands? Smoke signals? Tap dancing?

         
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    Posted: 28 December 2009 11:59 AM #21

    Mercel - 25 December 2009 09:45 PM

    THis time next year, we’ll be reading magazine content on something that resembles THIS HERE

    I think it’s the future for newspaper, magazine and books.  A smart video on the thinking of layout, UI, and user experience.

    Thanks for posting the link. When Steve Jobs said that people don’t read anymore, he was right; heck, look at how quickly we skim through paragraphs in an email searching for key words, constantly ingesting information, and quickly formulating new ideas.

    Interactivity is the key to Apple’s new tablet technology: the reader will be able to formulate ideas by visualizing the subject matter, and the tangibility of what is being presented will be key in how it satisfies our ability to interpret and process the information . iTunes LP and iTunes extra menus give us the glimpse of how the information will be presented. The Nook and Kindle are offering the right form factor, but lack the OS strength and depth by which to present the information, in addition to offering a monochrome display. But most of all, everyone is just now getting on the touchscreen bandwagon; I bet that Apple is ready to bring us information that we can interact with on the fly.

    Apple is working to set the standard, so this tablet device not compare to any other device on the market.

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    Posted: 28 December 2009 12:10 PM #22

    Alan A. - 28 December 2009 03:59 PM
    Mercel - 25 December 2009 09:45 PM

    THis time next year, we’ll be reading magazine content on something that resembles THIS HERE

    I think it’s the future for newspaper, magazine and books.  A smart video on the thinking of layout, UI, and user experience.

    Thanks for posting the link. When Steve Jobs said that people don’t read anymore, he was right; heck, look at how quickly we skim through paragraphs in an email searching for key words, constantly ingesting information, and quickly formulating new ideas.

    Interactivity is the key to Apple’s new tablet technology: the reader will be able to formulate ideas by visualizing the subject matter, and the tangibility of what is being presented will be key in how it satisfies our ability to interpret and process the information . iTunes LP and iTunes extra menus give us the glimpse of how the information will be presented. The Nook and Kindle are offering the right form factor, but lack the OS strength and depth by which to present the information, in addition to offering a monochrome display. But most of all, everyone is just now getting on the touchscreen bandwagon; I bet that Apple is ready to bring us information that we can interact with on the fly.

    Apple is working to set the standard, so this tablet device not compare to any other device on the market.

    Welcome Alan.  Great first post.

         
  • Posted: 28 December 2009 03:29 PM #23


    Apple tablet “delayed” because of glass problem

    By C Shanti Monday, 28 December 2009 05:25

    Taiwanese panel maker Innolux is supplying touch panels for Apple’s tablet.

    That’s according to Taiwanese wire Digitimes, which quotes “sources from Apple’s component suppliers.”

    Recent speculation has centered around Apple introducing a tablet Mac during the latter half of January.

    Digitimes said in a report today that Foxconn’s optical glass maker G-Tech will use a product to strengthen the glass used in the forthcoming product.

    The glass strengthening technology has forced delays to the product, according to the wire - mass production is now set to start towards the end of the first quarter of next year or April.

    The Digitimes report is here.

         
  • Posted: 28 December 2009 03:33 PM #24

    [quote]Apple seen selling 1.4 million $600 “Kindle Killer” tablets in 2010

    By Katie Marsal

    Even before it’s been validated with a formal introduction, Apple’s eagerly-awaited tablet device is being positioned by some members of the investment community as a device that could sell 1.4 million units in its first 9 months, just as others reiterate claims that it’ll thrash Amazon’s Kindle device in the process.

    In a reactionary report released Monday afternoon, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said his own conversations with Taiwanese component suppliers last week reaffirm his belief that Apple will in all likelihood ship a tablet by March, with an unveiling coming as early as late January.

    He estimates Apple will initially be capable of moving 162,000 of these devices per month, for an average yearly run rate of about 2 million units.

    “For purposes of sensitivity, assuming the tablet comes out in March 2010, we believe Apple would sell around 1.4 units at a $600 [average selling price] in 2010,” he wrote. “The tablet is not yet included in Street models, so we expect the multiple to expand as tablet hype builds ahead of the announcement, and numbers to go up once the device is announced.”

    Munster’s comments come on the heels of media reports that pinpoint Apple as the direct—or indirect—owner of various tablet-suited trademarks such as iSlate, Magic Slate, and TabletMac. They also follow a pair of reports from earlier in the day that claim Apple has placed large orders for 10-inch tablet displays with reinforced glass panels.

    While speculation has run rampant as to precisely how Apple plans to market and position the new handheld in the market place, Munster is a firm believer that the company will leverage the success of its App Store in allowing the device to run a flurry of available iPhone apps, in addition to a new breed of full-screen apps, all atop a more advanced version of its iPhone operating system.

    “While there are several options ranging from a touch screen Mac OS X to an iPhone-like OS, we expect the tablet to be driven by a new version of Apple’s iPhone OS that runs a new category of larger apps alongside all the current apps from the App Store,” he said. “We believe Apple’s tablet would compete well in the netbook category even though it would not be a netback.”

    In addition to serving as a new platform for iPhone apps and web surfing, Munster is also betting that the unannounced product will cater to entertainment junkies through tie-ins to Apple’s ubiquitous iTunes Store. Recent reports have suggested that two network operators—CBS and Disney—are in serious negotiations with Apple over an iTunes TV subscription service that could offer tablet owners hours upon hours of their favorite television content for a low monthly fee.

    Meanwhile, earlier reports had suggested another focus of the tablet would be the transformation of newspapers, magazines and other print media, with Apple reportedly courting several of the industry’s largest publishers into private discussions on the matter.

    For their part, Apple executives would later downplay these rumors, claiming they weren’t enthusiastic about the online book and newspaper market, which they said was tied to an “unattractive industry structure.”

    Still, some industry watchers believe Apple could use its tablet device to drastically alter the landscape for print and digital print media by shaking things up and changing the rules of the game. For instance, it’s been reported that some publishing executives didn’t give a warm reception to Amazon’s Kindle eBook reader because the retailer wanted to keep 70 percent of revenue.

    Those same reports suggested that Apple’s could implement a more attractive structure, similar to its iPhone App Store business model, where the company keeps only 30 percent of sales revenues and the publishers take home the rest of the pie.

    Though talk of the Apple tablet as a digital book reader had fizzled in recent weeks, it was rejuvenated this week when Digg founder Kevin Rose claimed during the latest episode of This Week in Tech to know a source that has been describing the Apple tablet as a “Kindle killer” due to an emphasis on eBooks.

    “Expect to see a lot of Kindles on eBay after the announcement,” he said.

    Meanwhile, another guest on the technology talk show, Robert Scoble, also claimed to have an Apple source of his own who’s been echoing a focus on text. He said the tablet will be one of the first to truly take advantage of Apple’s Quartz interface layer’s advanced text support.

    As Electronista points out, both Rose and Scoble have historically mixed track records when it comes to Apple-related rumors.

    Should Apple manage to sell an estimated 1.4 million tablets during 9-month span of April to December, it would stand to pad its top line by an additional 2%, according to Piper Jaffray’s Munster.

         
  • Posted: 28 December 2009 04:02 PM #25

    willrob - 28 December 2009 02:48 PM

    The intereested statement last week, from a product manager, who said we will be surprised over the way users interact with the tablet implies there will be more than touch or traditional keyboard/mouse. Voice commands? Smoke signals? Tap dancing?

    This may be the interface the former Apple worker was referring to.

         
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    Posted: 28 December 2009 04:57 PM #26

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    willrob - 28 December 2009 02:48 PM

    The intereested statement last week, from a product manager, who said we will be surprised over the way users interact with the tablet implies there will be more than touch or traditional keyboard/mouse. Voice commands? Smoke signals? Tap dancing?

    This may be the interface the former Apple worker was referring to.

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    Posted: 28 December 2009 06:34 PM #27

    My quick tuppence:

    a) If they don’t offer service contracts with them (could go either way), I can see them introducing some kind of bluetooth tethering software to allow the owner’s iPhone to share its internet connection with the tablet (if not on Wifi). Of course this technology already exists, but an uber-easy way of doing it cold be neat.

    b) I don’t like the name iSlate - I hope it’s a diversionary tactic. Even resuscitating the iBook name would be better, no?

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    Posted: 28 December 2009 06:57 PM #28

    Oranger - 28 December 2009 10:34 PM

    b) I don’t like the name iSlate - I hope it’s a diversionary tactic. Even resuscitating the iBook name would be better, no?

    I vote for “iPad”.

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    Posted: 29 December 2009 01:35 AM #29

    incorrigible - 28 December 2009 10:57 PM
    Oranger - 28 December 2009 10:34 PM

    b) I don’t like the name iSlate - I hope it’s a diversionary tactic. Even resuscitating the iBook name would be better, no?

    I vote for “iPad”.

    I say go for “iPaq”. Oh, wait…

         
  • Posted: 29 December 2009 01:54 AM #30

    I like iSlate.  It is a MASCULINE name.  Unlike the iPhone which is for girls…as per that hilarious article a couple weeks back making a comparison between the Droid and Apple’s iconic phone.