It's been far too long - less than a week, actually - since we've heard anything about the Apple tablet. Well, fear not. An analyst has disclosed the news that the Apple tablet could get a spring launch, with production getting underway now. See: Steve Jobs launches Apple iPad: full details
Here are the iPad tablet facts, according to Oppenheimer analyst Yair Reiner and his anonymous supply chain source (via Fortune):
Apple intends to have one million tablets built per month, leading up to a March or April 2010 launch. The screen is a 10.1in LCD, not Oled, but despite the lower-cost display, the average sale price is still estimated at $1,000 (about £614). Electronic books appear to be a big focus, with Apple reportedly offering publishers 70 percent of sales revenue with no exclusivity, and making the e-book market more attractive for education with the ability to scribble notes alongside the text.
What else is new?
Is this anything we haven't heard? Not really. Last month, DigiTimes reported that an LCD Apple tablet will be priced between $800 and $1,000, but also suggested that an Oled model, priced up to $2,000, was in development. The two-tablet rumour has been heard before in the form of a 6in, $679 device and a larger, Mac OS X-enabled tablet. As for the tablet saving dead-tree media companies, that's been covered too.
Cue the commentary. Some have talked about how the Apple tablet will dominate the market when it gets here; others say it's already dead or a train wreck. I even looked at the fake Apple tablets fanboys created in their spare time.
My heart's not in it anymore. Deep down, I was hoping the report from Reiner would blow over as more guesswork from yet another analyst. But there was the note in my inbox: the Apple tablet is hot news, as always, and demands coverage. The only problem is that there's nothing left to cover.