“Reports that Apple will produce a US$2,000 tablet next year fit the company’s historical pattern of going for the luxury end of the technology market, an analyst agreed today,” Gregg Keizer reports for Computerworld.
“According to reports from Asian component makers, Apple will push back the release of its long-rumored tablet into the second half of the year [from the previously-rumored Feb. or Mar. 2010 timeframe], in part because it plans to introduce a 9.7-in. model featuring an OLED (organic light emitting diode) display, Taiwan-based DigiTimes said today,” Keizer reports. “Component manufacturers in Taiwan and China told the publication that Apple will launch a pair of tablets in the latter half of 2010, one sporting a 10.6-in. TFT-based display, the second a smaller OLED screen.”
“The retail price most often bandied was somewhere between the $200 of the iPhone and iPod touch, and the $1,000 of Apple’s lowest-priced MacBook notebook, with an in-between price of $800 favored by many,” Keizer reports. “Ezra Gottheil, an analyst with Technology Business Research, admitted he’s as uncertain as anyone about the validity of the DigiTimes report, but said both the delay and a high-priced model made sense, given Apple’s history. I don’t think a delay would cost them much,” Gottheil said today. ‘It’s not like someone else is stepping in and snarfing up the tablet market. And a delay fits a life-long pattern for the company, which likes to wait to get things right… Apple doing a luxury, top-end tablet is quite reasonable. They’ve done that many times before.'”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Just to clarify: The rumored price of one of two rumored devices rumored to be released on a rumored date that’s later than a previously rumored date would fit the historical pattern of the company that’s rumored to be developing said rumored devices.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Robert S.” for the heads up.]