Analyst: $2,000 tablet would be perfect fit for Apple

MacMall 96 Hour Apple Sale“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.]

47 Comments

  1. For that price it had better do hand stands. I like my MBP just fine at that price. $2000 for the privilege of using iPhone apps is a stretch, less than $1000 is better.

  2. Why, WHY, are we still talking about this? This is a rumor based on a rumor … at BEST! How about we start our own! Hmm. Lessee …
    Ah!
    “The $2,000 iTab will have a 3GHz quad-core and a battery life of eight, Eight, EIGHT HOURS!” You heard it here first. Spread it far and wide.

  3. “Why, WHY, are we still talking about this? This is a rumor based on a rumor … at BEST!”

    I’m with you. The ONLY reason these rumors keep coming back is that the purveyors of such crap make money from site hits. Why so many continue to believe is beyond me.

  4. Things were getting out of hand. Apple doesn’t like that. You know, all those high expectations created by the blogosphere needed to be muted.
    So, today we have new rumors, claiming the opposite; the iTablet, not so soon and not that cheap. Got it?
    Come Jan and Apple will be able to shine again!!!
    Go figure……

  5. When you come out with a $2000 anything, its no longer a netbook. Apple already owns the netbook market, its called the iPod touch.

    The Tablet is gonna be Apple parlaying its App Store success into Mac OS X success. Get it?

  6. I can just see the “one more thing” now:

    Jobs enters stage left, Moses motif intact, holding two tablets . . . .

    Quick, someone get Cecil B. Demille on the iPhone!!

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