Analyst: Apple ramping up for 10.1-inch Multi-Touch™ tablet production; March or April 2010 launch

Apple Sale“Yair Reiner, analyst with Oppenheimer, revealed his latest tablet news in a note to investors issued Wednesday morning. He also said that Apple has been reaching out to book publishers with a “very attractive proposal” for offering content on a forthcoming ebook platform,” Neil Hughes reports for AppleInsider.

“‘Our checks into Apple’s supply chain indicate the manufacturing cogs for the tablet are creaking into action and should begin to hit a mass market stride in February,’ the note said. ‘At this stage Apple appears to be sizing its supply chain to support production of as many as 1M units per month,'” Hughes reports.

“Reiner said Apple would likely need at least five or six weeks of inventory built up before it can release the product, positioning a likely launch in March or April… He also said that the device will have a 10.1-inch multi-touch display using LTPS LCD technology, the same as on the iPhone. He specifically disputed an earlier report that a high-end model would sport an OLED display,” Hughes reports.

Hughes reports, “Oppenheimer predicts that the company could sell between 1 million and 1.5 million devices per quarter at an average selling price of $1,000.”

Read more in the full article, including info about the sweetheart deal that Apple is said to be offering publishers, here.

26 Comments

  1. Nice timing on the research note. Any bets they picked up a sh*tload of aapl the past few days. Now they can offload it to their clients and make some money. Any guess if oppenheimer clients are buying on the open market or buying from oppenheimer. I may be wrong in this case, but often this is the way it works.

  2. Just what Apple had wanted. The company can just relax, take their time to perfect the product, and the market is already drooling and waiting to buy! What a great buzz, and Apple needn’t spend a single dollar in advertising!

  3. we are looking at more like announce in Feb, release in June alongside slightly bigger iphones. there’s no real tech leaps to make a new phone worth it (LTE won’t be big enough yet) so if they want to keep the June/july thing going they need something. unlocked phones and a tablet could be the thing. plus the announcement gives folks time to port apps to the new size etc.

  4. JohnssonNice timing on the research note. Any bets they picked up a sh*tload of aapl the past few days. Now they can offload it to their clients and make some money. Any guess if oppenheimer clients are buying on the open market or buying from oppenheimer. I may be wrong in this case, but often this is the way it works.

    Front running on Wall Street? Surely you jest!!

  5. I am so tired of hearing these “analysts” and their claims. I am incredibly tired of hearing about this tablet. I’ll believe it when I see it.

    Post something with some concrete evidence. Otherwise, I’ll start guessing and macdailynews can start posting my guesses as an “analyst’s claim”.

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