Apple Reveals Tablet In January, Apple Tablet To Ship In March
Update made on 04/01/10:
According to a post from the Wall Street Journal today, the Apple Tablet will be announed later this month and is set to ship in March 2010. The WiFi enabled Tablet will cost around $1000 USD. The device will reportedly be revealed on January 27 and available to ship in March.
Apple is making a big announcement in January 2010
Apple has reportedly rented a stage at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco for an event to be held in January 2010. The stage has been rented for a few days and Apple is likely to be using the location to make a big announcement on January 26.
Apple has declined to comment thus far, but there is already widespread speculation that this will be the launch for the Apple touchscreen tablet computer. There has been quite a bit of lead up to the launch of a tablet style computer from Apple but they have yet to release such a product.
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster today speculated that an event was imminent. “We believe there is a 75 per cent likelihood that Apple will have an event in January and a 50 per cent chance that it will be held to launch the Apple Tablet,” he wrote in a new research note. “If Apple announced the Tablet in January, it would likely ship later in the March quarter.”
Apple to launch a new product at the Yerba Buena Center
Apple's products have been steadily refreshed within this past year with both the iPod and iPhone devices getting improvements. The Yerba Buena Center has been the setting for the launch of Apple products such as the iPod in the past. This could indicate that a new product is on the way in the New Year
The most credible report to date came from iLounge in late September, whose source said Apple was aiming to announce a touchscreen tablet no later than Jan. 19
The Apple tablet is being described by some as a large scale 10-inch version of the iPod touch or iPhone. It would be an interactive device for watching video, playing games, or even reading. This means that the Apple tablet may be the next competitor for devices such as the Kindle and Nook e-reader devices which have seen widespread success this year.