Market reports claims that Apple
– creator of iPod and iTunes, Mac laptop and desktop computers, the OS X operating system and the revolutionary iPhone -- is all set to announce a major product launch: the Tablet Computer.
Lots speculation is building over Apple’s (News
) unconfirmed release of a tablet computer. Among other things, the tablet is expected to offer e-books and TV programs.
Predictions about this so-far-fabled product is that it could be cost anywhere from $500 and $900, the Wall Street Journal reported
. Moreover, reports also indicate that Apple has scheduled a media event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010, for a major product announcement.
Added to this, it is also said that the Tablet computer is a 10-inch device - an overgrown iPhone, complete with a sleek touchscreen interface and able to run iPhone-like applications.
The Financial Times (News - Alert)
reported that the device would have something to do with Apple’s rumored negotiations with TV networks for a subscription plan for video content on iTunes.
Another analyst has indicated that Apple had asked selected developers to prepare ‘full screen’ versions of their apps for a January demo.
“While there are several options ranging from a touch screen Mac OS X to an iPhone (News
)-like OS, we expect the tablet to be driven by a new version of Apple’s iPhone OS that runs a new category of larger apps alongside all the current apps from the App Store,” said an analyst quoted by PC World
Apple has a well flourished position in the personal computer market right from 1970 with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to strengthen its position in the industry with its computers, OS X operating system and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital media revolution with its iPod portable music and video players and iTunes online store.Jai C.S. is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jai's articles, please visit his columnist page.
Edited by Marisa Torrieri