Rumored Apple tablet launch was delayed until first-quarter 2010 over 10” glass panel strengthening

Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac “Innolux, the panel-making subsidiary of the Foxconn Group, will be the initial supplier of touch panels for Apple’s tablet… according to sources from Apple’s component suppliers,” Susie Pan and Joseph Tsai report for DigiTimes. “Apple has been seeking solutions to strengthen the glass of the 10-inch panel for the device and was forced to delay the launch until first-quarter 2010, the sources noted.”

Pan and Tsai report, “Foxconn’s optical glass processing subsidiary G-Tech Optoelectronics will provide a glass strengthening process for the device.”

Pan and Tsai report, “Apple is expected to announce the tablet PC in January of 2010 with mass shipments to start in March or April, based on analysis of the shipping schedules of Apple’s upstream component partners.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

10 Comments

  1. 10″ tablets! That means there must be a subsidized 2 to 3 year data contract or these things won’t sell.

    Either that or they have full OS X capabilities on board an they will compete with the Macbook/MacBook Pro sales.

    No matter what, they certainly won’t work with today’s Verizon coverage.

  2. “No matter what, they certainly won’t work with today’s Verizon coverage.”

    —- not much of value does. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

    Just a thought,
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  3. glass strengthening process?
    Theres already a process out there, just use synthetic Sapphire crystals, mass produce them so they’ll be cheap and scratch free.

    However, Apple’s probably looking at something else… if the keys are going to pop out, then they need something more than just sapphire crystals.

  4. Spark: Dilithium Crystals? Oh wait, Apple is using those to replace the battery.

    The Dilitium is not the problem – but it’s just the catalyst for controlling the actual matter/anti-matter reaction.

    It’s the anti-matter that’s not quite ready for consumer prime time – if you think consumers complaining about cracked screens were annoying, you’ve seen nothing yet compared to customers’ cities going up in nuclear explosions…! ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

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