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Original poster
Mar 25, 2002
London, England
Didn't know where to put this as it doesn't fit any existing hardware forum categories...
It's been what, five whole days since we've heard any fresh rumors on the Apple Tablet. That ends today with DigiTimes claiming that Foxconn (aka, Hon Hai Precision) not Quanta has secured manufacturing rights to Apple's "tablet PC." Its sources claim that the device will focus on "e-book functionality" and hit the market in Q1 with initial shipments set in the 300,000 to 400,000 range -- a modest, but healthy number when you consider that Apple sells about 2.6 million Macs per quarter. DigiTimes claims it will have a 10.6-inch panel (not 10.7- or 9.6-inch) and that the panels could be sourced from Innolux Display, not WinTek. If nothing else, at least the Taiwan-based rumor monger has quit calling the device a netbook as all these rumors coalesce around a Q1 launch.
Engadget (who are Foxconn?)


macrumors Core
Mar 17, 2005
London, England
Foxconn sound like utter scum. Nice choice, Apple. :rolleyes: I guess crappy working conditions are okay so long as your costs are kept down for maximum profit.

Sorry, don't want to upset the fanboys... YAY, new apple stuff! OOooOOoooooh!


macrumors bot
Apr 12, 2001
Foxconn to Manufacture Tablet for Q1 2010 Launch?

DigiTimes reports that Foxconn Electronics has been named as Apple's manufacturing partner for its much-anticipated tablet and that the device is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2010.
The device is expected to hit the market in the first quarter of 2010, with initial shipments from Foxconn being in the 300,000-400,000 range, the sources said.

The device will have a 10.6-inch display, and the sources speculated that perhaps Foxconn could secure panels from its subsidiary Innolux Display.
While a number of rumors have previously pegged the display on Apple's device in the 7-to-10 inch range, this report of a possibly slightly larger display than previously thought nearly matches recent claims of a 10.7" screen. Speculation that Innolux may provide screens for the new device conflicts, however, with earlier reports that Wintek had already been tabbed as the display provider.

Finally, the report notes that the device will place an emphasis on e-Book functionality, echoing claims that Apple is aiming to redefine print media with the device. Apple's extended-life battery technology such as that found in recent MacBook Pro revisions, Internet connectivity, and Apple's typical attention to user interface detail are all expected to be featured in the new device.

Article Link: Foxconn to Manufacture Tablet for Q1 2010 Launch?


Sep 10, 2007
I'm excited for a tablet, and will perhaps even buy it if the functionality is something I would find useful, but I am so damn sick of hearing about a tablet at this point.


macrumors Penryn
Jul 11, 2003
Another day, another tablet rumor. Gotta love this. Apple is planting so many false rumors.


macrumors 65816
Jan 12, 2005
Amazon feeling the heat?

Amazon has reduced the price of the Kindle to $259. If Apple can produce a full-color reader and media device that doesn't cause eyestrain and is priced in competitive range with the Kindle, allowing for a larger screen and color, it may kill the Kindle. The question for readers will be can Apple provide as much content as Amazon.


Sep 19, 2008
These rumors usually conflict and lead to more rumors. I am done reading tablet rumors. I will love to buy one, but I am sick of these rumors that go nowhere. Now how about some Mac updates!


macrumors 604
Sep 5, 2005
Bath, United Kingdom
OK. So now everybody is reading again?

January 2008:
Today he (Steve Jobs) had a wide range of observations on the industry, including the Amazon Kindle book reader, which he said would go nowhere largely because Americans have stopped reading.

“It doesn’t matter how good or bad the product is, the fact is that people don’t read anymore,” he said. “Forty percent of the people in the U.S. read one book or less last year. The whole conception is flawed at the top because people don’t read anymore.”

Of course as soon as he said this it was obvious Apple, Inc were going to produce their own version.
I can't wait for the launch, whatever will Jobs say at the press conference. Someone will surely ask him if he has changed his mind. ;)


macrumors regular
Jan 1, 2008
How long before someone says it better come with OS X?

Let me just go ahead with that...

I'll only be a customer if the tablet runs on an open system, just like OS X.
There's no effin' way I'm gonna pay a load of money to the mighty Apple if they try to control what I run on my device, just like they do on my iPhone now.

Apple pretends to be all for choice, but in fact they act like a soviet dictator who believes he knows better what others want.


macrumors member
Sep 6, 2007
Can't read another rumor on this device...

Even for those us who love this sort of stuff.. I'll also admit I'm about at saturation level with the rumors....

Until there's a legit announcement and specs on the device, I'm done... screen size, which OS, battery life, and cost, blah blah blah... If it's useful, I'll buy one....

Just bring it out - at least announce the thing already...


macrumors member
Jan 15, 2008
OK. So now everybody is reading again?

January 2008:

Of course as soon as he said this it was obvious Apple, Inc were going to produce their own version.
I can't wait for the launch, whatever will Jobs say at the press conference. Someone will surely ask him if he has changed his mind. ;)

He'll say:

"No one reads anymore because the reading experience is terrible. Reading on the computer is not the same as reading a book you can hold in your hands, but a book can't provide dynamic and varied content you can get from a computer. Now we have a reason for people to read again. And it will fundamentally redefine print media: the Apple iRead. Isn't it cool?"


macrumors newbie
Jan 15, 2009
Can't wait to see pictures of this! I hope it comes with os x too! i would hate to see it with a iphone looking os. i think the tablet would be a waste if that happens. however if it runs os x it will be sooo amazing.


macrumors 6502
Jun 9, 2007
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I want my new touch sensitive Mighty Mouse!


macrumors 601
Jan 11, 2007
North Central Florida
I'd prefer a netbook type of machine - with full OSX. However, the child that needs it says NO to a netbook (i had the money in hand), and would rather wait for me to save up to buy a MB.

BUT, what i'm picturing in my head this eBook thing might turn out to be would work for me too. Provided it comes with some sort of OFFLINE USEABLE iWork apps.

I'm looking forward to hearing more - and really wish the silence would be broken and for once they'd pre-release like they did the iPhone so they can get more apps for it rolling at launch.


macrumors 65816
Sep 16, 2003
Stavanger, Norway
For simply reading a book, or sharing business documents, I wonder which will be better suited. This or the Plastic Logic reader? Both scheduled to be released in the same timeframe.

Lesser Evets

macrumors 68040
Jan 7, 2006
Dear Arn,

Please keep posting these types of rumors. I love reading the whiners' replies. They are so entertaining, especially when they say they will stop reading and then post another whine in the next rumor thread.

Of course as soon as he said this it was obvious Apple, Inc were going to produce their own version.
I can't wait for the launch, whatever will Jobs say at the press conference. Someone will surely ask him if he has changed his mind. ;)

It's not like the guy can't be wrong, devious, change his mind, or lying.

He probably thought at one time that the Kindle would fail. Then it proved him wrong. Though, he has been working on a tablet for a while, but more of an overall computer rather than a limited function computer. iPhone has proved that many, many people are happy with limited function computing for specific needs, rather than bloated and complex machines for every need.
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