According to an industry insider in China, Apple’s first tablet computer will have a webcam and a 10.1-inch touchscreen, and will act like both a netbook and an e-book reader. Apple is apparently quite optimistic: it plans to have millions of these devices produced next year.
Kai-Fu Lee was the head of Google’s China division until this fall, and before that was a VP at Microsoft. He has many contracts at the Foxconn Group, who will reportedly be manufacturing the iSlate.
According to a post on Lee’s blog, Apple’s tablet will resemble a very large iPhone with a 10.1-inch display. Most of the recent rumors about this device agree that it will have a touchscreen of this size.
However, he’s the first to reveal that the iSlate will have a webcam — a front-facing camera that allows users to do video conferencing.
Lee goes on to say that Apple has arranged for Foxconn to produce 10 million units of this product next year.
What the Earlier Rumors Say
There are still many questions about Apple’s upcoming tablet, but leaks from generally reliable sources have revealed much of the functionality.
This device will supposedly run the iPhone OS, and be released by AT&T, Verizon, both, or neither.
Whether it’s a 3G connection or Wi-Fi, the iSlate will allegedly have wireless access to the Internet, including iTunes. This will allow users to download music, e-books, and video, which can then be displayed on the large screen.
All of the features one would expect in a mobile computer will supposedly also be included: web browser, email software, etc.
Steve Jobs is expected to unveil the iSlate at an event on January 26, with a release scheduled for March or April.
Apple reportedly wants it to cost between $800 and $1,000