That long rumored Apple tablet may land in time for the holidays.
Now the Financial Times reports the following:
Apple is separately racing to offer a portable, full-featured, tablet-sized computer in time for the Christmas shopping season, in what the entertainment industry hopes will be a new revolution.
The Financial Times report is primarily focused on Apple's sometimes tense dealings with the music industry. In a nutshell, Apple is working with the industry to create interactive booklets to spur sales of entire CDs. Good luck with that one. While interactive music features on a tablet would be nice it's not likely to alter consumer behavior, which revolves around buying singles not albums. The Mac tablet's real appeal may be for watching movies.
A few thoughts on the Mac tablet:
- If the device is full featured computer the pricing should be interesting. The Mac tablet will be more than a netbook, but arguably less than a laptop. Guesstimate: $800.
- Will there be a separate App Store area for the tablet? Those iPhone and iPod touch apps won't look so hot on a bigger screen.
- A Mac tablet will shake up the e-book market. I already view this thus far fictional device as a potential Kindle replacement.
- The Mac tablet combined with the launch of Windows 7 is good news for the tech economy. Apple may be trying to blunt the Windows 7 buzz, but in the grand scheme of things this duo could provide a boost for the tech ecosystem.
- Apple needs a name for this device. I nominate Newton.