Apple is all set to formally announce the new Touch based device, popularly christened the ‘iSlate’. However, while we’ll get an introduction very soon, most of us will have to wait at least six months to actually lay our hands on one.
Word has surfaced that the software and hardware giant may release the new slate in a similar pattern as the original iPhone in 2007. This does mean a longer wait for those of us outside of the US, but should be just in time for christmas.
The rumoured tablet was supposed to be shipping in March, but it’s now looking more likely to be June, due to what has been described as ‘minor issues’ and for more work to be done on battery life and the model’s durability.
The iSlate is set to take on the role of something between an iPhone and a Mac, however as more and more stories and suggestions come to light about the device it does seem to be leaning more towards an actual Mac; being able to run multiple programs, web browsing and magazine and ebook reading all on a ten inch touch screen screen, which could revolutionise portable computing.
It’s also believed that WiFi would be the most likely option when going for web access, and using 3G as a secondary ‘out-and-about means’, which has raised the question of whether or not there would be two models available; the WiFi only, or both WiFi and 3G in one.
Another change to what we expected, apart from the delay which has shifted people’s ideas about the new release and what it could do as a portable, is the cost; originally thought only to be $600, with added costs for the large touchscreen and various hardware fittings the price has now been suggested to be around $1,000 or about €700.
Even with the increased price Apple are still expecting to shift up to a million units per quarter, according to Kaufman Bros, who are investors in the Cupertino company.
This does appear to be another bundle of rumours which are popping up like daisies ahead of Apple’s event, so for now it’s best to take them as they come, and have our excitement and credit cards go on standby.