“Apple reportedly plans to postpone the launch of its tablet PC from an original March launch schedule to the second half of 2010, as the vendor has decided to switch some components and plans to launch a model using a 9.7-inch OLED panel from LG Display, according to sources from component makers,” Max Wang and Joseph Tsai report for DigiTimes.
Wang and Tsai report that Apple will offer two tablet models, “one of which will have a 10.6-inch TFT LCD panel while the other will have a 9.7-inch OLED panel. LG Display currently is making OLED panels using its 4.5G production line and LG Display’s five-year US$500 million panel purchasing contract with Apple includes supply of OLED panels, the sources pointed out.”
The retail price of the 9.7-inch OLED panel model is said by DigiTimes’ sources to be around US$2,000. “The price could be more flexible if bundled with telecom providers’ 3G services,” Wang and Tsai report. “Meanwhile, the 10.6-inch LCD panel-based Apple tablet PC is expected to priced in the US$800-1,000 range.”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]