Battery issues could set back Apple tablet shipments until June

Battery issues could set back Apple tablet shipments until June
Kaufman Brothers analyst Shawn Wu says checks with supply chain sources indicate that the Apple tablet will have a time frame similar to the original iPhone in 2007 with a January introduction and a launch in June. Minor issues with the life and durability of the battery are what is holding back the actual shipment of the device to June. In a report to investors, Wu says, "This tablet product has been described to us as a hybrid between an iPhone/ipod touch and a mac but in terms of software and components, it appears closer to the former, meaning it is most likely ARM based.. From our understanding, it is not intended to replace a Mac but be somewhat of a 'super' iPod touch where video, gaming, Web browsing, e-books and the ability to run multiple apps would be enhanced with the much larger screen." The tablet is expected to cost $999 and use Wi-Fi instead of 3G to prevent further clogging up of the 3G pipelines. The analyst says that despite the lack of 3G, carriers could still offer subsidies to end users. Calling the product the "iSlate", Wu says that Apple intends to build 5 million units in the first year while he expects 1 million units to be sold each quarter.

The analyst's predictions differ sharply from the speculation offered by others on Wall Street. Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster expects the device to sell for $600 while the WSJ expects a 10 to 11 inch screen on the tablet with shipments starting in March.

soutrce: AppleInsider



1. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

$1000 bux for a large screen multitasking ipod!?!??!?! with WIFI ONLY!?!?!? if you buy this.. YOU ARE A FRIKKING RETARD AND DESERVE IT. LOL.. i feel better. side note, im assuming its going to run iphone apps. since all iphones/ipod touches have the same resolution, and this tablet is obviously larger, i wonder how many compatability problems there are going to be, or if its going to "scale " it back into some crappy "compatability mode"

2. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

sounds like an excuse to me. Apple would never admit that their perfect software is not ready, so why not blame it on a hardware issue. "Oh sh** we are not going ot be able to have the tablet ready to be announced on Jan 27th like we originally thought becuase everyone caught on that we were just copying android and windows origami project. What should we do?" "Let's say the batteries don't work.. yeah that's it the batteries!" "Good idea!" I tihink an OS X 10.6 tablet would be cool, not a giant iPhone with better hardware. I would still never buy it, but it would be cool nonetheless.

4. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Umm...What if just maybe there really is just battery problem?

3. rhomaion

Posts: 187; Member since: Sep 23, 2009

You both complete idiots to say the least... @remixfa I dunno you just an idiot like I mentioned before... @ Kiltlifter ( that's a gay name but ok ) Apple's Mac OS has been superior to Microsoft's OS even if it's not the most used. And you were trying to compare it to what? Windows 7? Microsoft's "perfect" new OS? Do you even know what is different about Windows 7?

5. deago78

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Do you? Do you know where a great majority of Mac OS is based? They take freeware from the linux system, adapt it slightly, copyright it and sell it for exorbitant amounts of money leaving the great majority of the world unaware of linux's existence much less that all the things they "love about their mac" were taken, in part, from this unknown operating system.

6. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Exactly. Microsoft innovates, mac copies it and makes it pretty. A widget based home screen has been available for Windows Tablet PCs for over 4 years thru the Microsoft Origami Project. Why is mac superior? B/c it has animations? Hardly. I can build a PC that would ahve 2x all the hardware specs for the same price as a mac. I have never had a problem with a windows computer... and I have owned them since 1996. Idiots have problems with all types of computers both Mac and Windows alike... And becuase Windows ahs a 88% marketshare, you will find a higher number of idiots using windows just by sheer volume. So blow me.

7. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

so why am i an idiot? because i call out the ibots? what kind of moron buys what is basically a $1000 ipod, just because it has slightly higher hardware specs and a bigger screen?? How much does the archos5 go for?? 399-499? Thats the android based tablet... its ARM based as well, which means the specs are more than likely nearly identical. So your paying double or more for what equates to the same damn thing but this one has a shiney apple logo on it. And im the idiot.. LOL.

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