Apple’s unannounced but much-rumored tablet computer apparently isn’t going to debut in the first half of 2010 has had been previously thought. Instead, the release has been pushed back by half a year, possibly to include a much better screen.
According to component makers in Asia, Apple now plans to offer a tablet with a 9.7-inch OLED display. It’s also reportedly going to introduce a version with a 10.6-inch version with a more standard LCD display.
OLED (organic light-emitting diode) displays take advantage of the fact that some organic compounds glow when an electrical current is applied to them. This means there is no need of a backlight, as the individual pixels provide their own light. This allows OLED screens to be thinner and lighter than standard LEDs. Colors also tend to be more vivid.
This isn’t the first time that unconfirmed reports have said that Apple’s tablet will have an OLED display; this rumor surfaced earlier this year.
Not Coming Soon
Until recently, it was thought Apple will release its tablet during the first quarter of 2010. If the latest report is correct, this launch has been delayed until the second half of the year.
This may be related to cost. At present, a 9.7-inch OLED display sells for $500, which would make Apple’s tablet sell for over $1,500. Pushing back the launch will give time for the price for this component to drop. The goal supposedly is for this model to cost between $800 and $1,000.
What Little We Know
There are still many questions about Apple’s upcoming tablet, but leaks from generally reliable sources have revealed much of the functionality.
It will reportedly be based on the iPhone OS, not Mac OS X. Various rumors say its going to be released by AT&T, Verizon, both, or neither.
Whether it’s a 3G connection or Wi-Fi, this device will supposedly have wireless access to the Internet, including iTunes. This will allow users to download music and also video to play on the relatively large display. In addition, it’s expected to function as an ebook reader.
All of the features one would expect in a mobile computer will supposedly also be included: web browser, email software, etc.