Mike Abramsky with RBC Capital Markets has a new note out for investors regarding estimated sales of the new tablet device from Apple. He is predicting an average selling price of $600 and Apple will sell 5 MILLION units in the first year of sales. Lets do the math and we have an roughly $3 BILLION in sales generated from the new product.

{source: AppleInsider.com}

News out from BusinessWeek reports that Apple and McGraw-Hill have been in discussions for a while to bring e-textbooks to Apple's new tablet device.

This leads me to believe Apple will take the same sales approach as they did with the first Apple computers. Could future school requirements mean a tablet is needed for each child?

The Apple Tablet front facing camera is a big debate right now. Could the device have two cameras? One on the back and one on the front? I can't see much of a use for a camera on the back, and it would also take away from the iPhone. However, a camera on the front seems so logical!

The Wall Street Journal said in an article
Whether or not we'll see this feature in the first version of the tablet is questionable, but I bet will see something like this in the future.

source: {photo: macpredictions.com info: wallstreetjournal.com}

Recent news out of Fox indicates that Apple is in last minute discussions with AT&T and Verizon to provide wireless service for the future Apple Tablet. This could mean there will be two different hardware models, one for each network. Verizon's version of the Apple Tablet would run require CDMA support while AT&T would need to support GSM (Like the current iPhone)

We fully expect the tablet to have built in wireless B, G, and N support but would type of device would it be without cellular Internet connectivity?

This might start a fierce price war between the two wireless giants that will get monthly data plans down to a more affordable price for the end user.

{source: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/01/21/verizon-att-carry-apple-tablet/}

Here are some of the latest specs we believe the iSlate will have.

  • The core of the application processor is said to be ARM Cortex (8), which Apple licensed from Samsung.
  • Apple is enhancing the core processor with the help of design team from PA Semi, a company Apple bought for roughly $278 million in 2008. Apple has focused on enhancing video and graphic capabilities of the device with its internal semiconductor efforts.
  • Samsung will be the foundry for the application processor and it will also be one of the suppliers of Flash memory to Apple.
  • Qualcomm is said to be supplying the wireless wide area network (WWAN) chip for connectivity to the wireless networks.
{source: http://gigaom.com/2010/01/20/apple-tablet-chips/}

An article out from TheStreet.com declares that Verizon Wireless will be offering the new Apple Tablet. A Report claims that Qualcomm has been selected as one of the chip manufacturers.

Analyst estimate that Verizon could subsidize $200 of the Tablet’s price by requiring a two-year data service plan. With out the subsidy, the same Analyst expect a price tag of $799.

{source: http://www.thestreet.com/story/10664179/1/exclusive-apple-tablet-headed-to-verizon.html}

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