Gene Munster, a senior analyst for Piper Jaffray, issued a report to clients offering his theories on the mythical Apple Tablet. Munster thinks it will not debut until early 2010, based upon his conversations with an Asian component supplier that has received orders from Apple for a touch-screen device.
- Be similar to an iPod touch, only larger, capable of running most of the 70,000 applications on the iPhone App Store plus a new category of apps designed for the bigger screen.
- Will be used primarily for Web surfing, e-mail, and digital media, competing with netbooks without being a netbook.
- Will be priced between an iPhone and a MacBook — between $500 and $700.
- Is likely to include a 3G cellular modem and could be subsidized by a carrier — either AT&T or Verizon.
- Will sell better than Apple TV did its first year (1.2 million units).
- Could in fact sell 2 million units at $600 each to generate $1.2 billion and add about 3% to Apple’s revenue stream in calendar 2010.
There are plenty of theories about the the tablet, but Munster’s theory makes the most sense. Just yesterday, we reported on the iProd 1,1 showing up in the iPhone OS. This device appears to be more iPod touch, then it does a full-fledged Mac OS X tablet. Of course, no one knows outside of Steve Jobs and a precious few bound to secrecy.
What if it’s a super-large iPod touch? Does this fit into your mobile lifestyle? Is there a need for a device that fits neatly between your iPhone and a standard laptop?
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