Apple to Sell 10 Million Tablet PCs in 2010, Says Ex-Google Exec
An Apple tablet PC in the new year is sounding increasingly
Lee Kai-fu, former president of Google Inc. Greater China,
wrote in a Dec. 28 post on his Website that Apple is expecting to ship 10
million tablet computers in the first year of the device's release, according
to reporting from Bloomberg.
Lee is currently the head of Innovation Works, a company
funded, in part, by Foxconn Technology Group, which owns Hon Hai Precision
Industry, the supplier of the Apple iPhone. Reportedly, Lee said he was told
the 10-million-tablets figure by a friend familiar with the project.
Lee additionally wrote that Apple will release the device in January, for less than $1,000 and that it will feature a 10.1-inch multitouch screen with 3G graphics, essentially looking like a giant iPhone, Bloomberg reported.
Speculation that Apple will introduce a tablet PC in January
- though the company has yet to confirm it is even working on one -
increased on Dec. 30 when the
Financial Times reported that Apple has booked event space at the Yerba Buena
Center for the Arts in San Francisco for Jan. 26. On that date, it's
expected that Apple CEO Steve Jobs will introduce the tablet, which fans have
been hoping for since Apple
booked the Yerba Buena space back in September, for what wound up being the
introduction of a new iPod Nano and a price reduction for the Apple TV.
of an Apple tablet began as early as May, when Piper Jaffrey analyst Gene
Munster wrote in a research note, "We expect Apple to fill the gap between the
iPod Touch and the MacBook with a new tablet device (not a netbook) priced at
While many speculate an Apple tablet could slow the runaway
success of the netbook market, Munster added that it could also overlap into
the e-reader space.
"With a larger table device in Apple's lineup, the company
could begin selling digital books on its iTunes Store, for use on the tablet as
an eBook reader," Munster wrote. "In this way, Apple could respond to the
tangential competition from Amazon's Kindle and Kindle DX."