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More rumours are coming in about Apple’s Tablet, which we may have to get used to calling iSlate: two independent sources have reported that Apple has massively ordered a series of 10-inch panels from a company called Innolux (a subsidiary of Foxconn), along with glass protectors and matching connectors.
Along with this order, arguments have also appeared about the effort Apple has taken to find a way to harden that protective glass of the panel mentioned above and make it more resistant, which has led to delays in the plans to launch the device . Digitimes, looking at the dates of this order from Cupertino, predicts an official announcement of the Tablet in January and an approximate launch of it two or three months later.
The strange thing about Digitimes’ announcement is that while the rest of the sources are betting on an announcement even at the end of next month, the website is betting on a launch during the third quarter of 2010 , which generates certain contradictions with the signs of an upcoming Apple keynote at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco.
Meanwhile, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has predicted that this new Apple device, whatever it’s called, will sell approximately 1.4 million units during its first nine months of life at an average price of $600 per unit and will end the sales being experienced by Amazon’s Kindle e-reader. “Get ready to see a ton of Kindles on eBay after Apple’s presentation ,” he says.
In addition, Munster also assures that the success of the App Store on the iPhone and iPod touch will lead Apple to include it somehow in the new device (coinciding with what my colleague Pedro Aznar told us about Apple asking certain developers to demonstrate their applications ‘full screen’).
We still don’t know what the software will look like or how we will use it in this new device that Apple has to show us, but looking at the patents and the coincidences in the leaks, everything points to the same thing happening as it did with the iPhone on a smaller or larger scale : as much as we speculate and mock ups on what the Apple device might look like, it will surprise us with something we didn’t expect. I still remember those photoshop designs of an iPhone that consisted of an iPod with the screen occupying the entire front of the device, and a ‘virtual’ clickwheel as interface … until multitouch technology revolutionized the market.