Apple to launch $800 Tablet in October?

By Jos · 4 replies
Jul 13, 2009
  1. Those persistent rumors about an Apple netbook/tablet style device are doing the rounds once again, this time actually point out a release date and expected price point. The latest reports emerged from China’s InfoTimes, which claims three of Apple’s manufacturing partners — Foxconn, Wintek and Dynapack — have received orders related to the device in advance of an October launch. The device will reportedly sell for around $800.

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  2. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,372   +47

    so uhhh, yeah, i see "notebook/tablet" at the begining of this article, when the majority of their mobile lineup is already comparable to low end notebooks from other companies, along with the "apple premium price point." Most people already have their macbooks/pro. Which are already thinner than their pc competition.

    Are they going to kill performance again with this lineup. I dont know if I could deal with something weaker than a current netbook, or even just as week, but for 800 usd...come on.
  3. tengeta

    tengeta TS Enthusiast Posts: 610

    ...If you are looking for power, a tablet is not the place to go. PC tablets aren't that high end usually either.
  4. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,372   +47

    I agree, never said I was looking for performance out of these things, but performance is scaled down because of how small they are, there's no problem with that, they need to be efficient. I'm not going to pay 800usd for something that's comparatively the same thing as a 300usd netbook.
  5. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,215   +177

    What's an Apple iPhone 3Gs? Like $699? And that has acceptable performance for video playback and texting. About that of the first generation Pentium computer. Sure, it will never play Crysis in any detail, but you might be able to read and reply to emails with more comfort. If Apple continues with the exotic parts then the $800 price point doesn't sand to be that far from reality. But if they instead use Intel Atom and traditional hard drives then $800 seems high. I'll hold my reservations until I see it reviewed or get my hands on a demo unit. But I most certainly won't be in line to buy these on day one.
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