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With a new day comes new tablet rumors, the latest being a new date for the Apple Event, January 27. There’s also a new time frame for shipping the tablet, March, maybe some new specs, and, hey, why not an SDK for iPhone OS 4.0, too. […]

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With a new day comes new tablet rumors, the latest being a new date for the Apple Event, January 27. There’s also a new time frame for shipping the tablet, March, maybe some new specs, and, hey, why not an SDK for iPhone OS 4.0, too.

While previous rumors put the Apple Event on the Tuesday of the last full week in January, Digital Daily cites “sources in a position to know” calling for a day-later launch of Wednesday. The event will take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. That’s an oft-used locale for many Apple Events, including the launch of the Apple TV in 2006. Like the Apple TV, which shipped several months later, the Apple tablet is not expected to be available for purchase until March. However, according to the Wall Street Journal, that’s a rough time frame, as the “ship date hasn’t been finalized and could still change.”

Whether that means sooner or later is not known, nor exactly why the date may change. That may come down to something the WSJ describes as “material finishes for the device.” Metal? Chrome? Plastic? The WSJ doesn’t know, but speculates it could mean multiple models with different price points. Multiple models could bolster the crazy rumor of an OLED display, especially since WSJ cites analysts who cite sources that say that the tablet could cost as much as $1,000.

More certain regarding the display, at least as far as the Wall Street Journal is concerned, is the physical size, 10 to 11 inches. This also coincides with yet another rumor, this from the French site Mac4Ever. Its sources suggest the Apple Event will also include a beta of the iPhone OS 4.0 SDK and a “simulator” for working with different resolutions. That rumor coincides with whispers from sources “very familiar with the situation” to Engadget that state the obvious. The tablet will have a substantially larger screen and a higher resolution display than the iPod touch and iPhone.

So, is there anything about the tablet that is not a rumor? Not really, but there is a kind of conventional rumor wisdom concerning the tablet that will likely prove (mostly) right.

While outliers suggest a screen size as small as seven inches, based upon the reports to date 10 inches is the safe bet. Likewise, the resolution will be higher, at least double the iPhone. 960 x 720 would be a good guess. If the tablet runs iPhone applications without modification, expect them to see them in a 480 x 320 window. There will be native applications for the tablet itself. As for price, $1,000 is crazy high. Most rumors put the price at around $600. Finally, the one thing you can be certain of today: don’t buy anything from Apple in the next three weeks unless you have to.

  1. I’m a Dane and what always bugs me about americans complaining about the price of a product is that we have to pay even more, especially here in Denmark. 1000 dollars for an Apple tablet is crazy cheap in my ears and so does 1000 usd for a entry-level macbook. Compared to the prices in Denmark, the danish macbook pro costs 1727 dollars in Denmark compared to 1199 in America.

    But then again, it’s probably because we make money per capita and all that so in the end I guess it’s fair enough :)

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  2. You really think $1,000 is that high? I was guessing it was going to be announced at $999 if it does most of the things people are imagining it will. I mean, if a Kindle is $259, and an iPhone is $599 …

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  3. ” don’t buy anything from Apple in the next three weeks unless you have to.”

    Do you think this goes also for Macbook pros?Are they expected to be upgraded any time soon?Because I’m really dying to get a new one – my old macbook had it’s time..

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    1. Yes. The average update cycle is 200 days for the MBP, which was passed in late december. I’m in the market for one too as my current laptop is falling apart, but I’ll at least wait out january.

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    2. I think this Apple Event will focus solely on the tablet, maybe the App Store and the iPhone OS SDK. However, Intel just launched the new ‘i” CPUs for notebooks, also known as Arrandale. Those will be in MacBooks soon, probably in February or March. I’d wait until that happens if you plan on keeping your new MacBook for more than a year.

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    3. chris meredith Tuesday, January 5, 2010

      don’t buy anything from Apple in the next three weeks unless you have to.”

      Do you think this goes also for Macbook pros?Are they expected to be upgraded any time soon?Because I’m really dying to get a new one – my old macbook had it’s time..

      I would wait until the Core i5/7 based MBP which is end of January, Not sure how they are getting around not using the Intel Arrendale(sp?) chipset. The company i work for has a MBP upgrade program slated for mid-february early march

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  5. Wow, I can’t wait for it to come out, but like most comments on here. it’s going to be fairly high priced but won’t stop anyone from buying it!!

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  6. im a dragon!

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