Report: Foxconn to make tablets for Apple

Even Taiwan isn’t immune to the swirl of rumors surrounding Apple’s upcoming tablet device. DigiTimes now quotes anonymous "market sources" as saying Apple has picked Foxconn to manufacture the device, and 300,000-400,000 Mac tablets will ship after the launch in the first quarter.

DigiTimes echoes the 10.6" display size many blogs have mentioned, and it adds that Foxconn could use its subsidiary Innolux Display to make panels. Interestingly, the site goes on to say its sources expect Apple to focus on "e-book functionality" with the upcoming device.

That last nugget of information ties in with a recent Gizmodo report, which said Apple wanted to "redefine print" with the device and had already started negotiating content deals with newspapers, including the New York Times. The iTablet, it seems, could turn out to be the Kindle-killer many expect.

In any case, Apple may have to fight hard for its piece of the market. DigiTimes also says its sources believe other firms like HP will introduce "similar products" in the second quarter of next year.

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    • Trymor
    • 13 years ago

    Technically, yes, we are all responsible for our own actions. BUT, didn’t you read of the business practices over there? It’s tons harder to live your life after a thing like that happens in business (some businesses are worse than others of course).

    P.S. I wouldn’t rule out Boots’ theory either.

    • zima
    • 13 years ago

    There is a possiblity this new Apple product will have Pixel Qi screen, which is very close to e-ink, probably (and without its flaws; check video comparing it with Kindle §[<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oawX3wenxNc<]§ ) Certainly could explain why Pixel Qi has been lately rather quiet...

    • mr_greedy
    • 13 years ago

    Is this going to have an OLED screen? Because, 10-odd inches, backlight, (non-replacable) battery.. it’s gonna be a bit.. meh..

    • indeego
    • 13 years ago

    In Portland I walk around a path of 4 bridges almost every lunch hour, and have twice seen the aftermath of jumpers. A police jetski comes out with a sled attached to the back, they scoop up the body, and drive off. Nothing is ever mentioned in the papersg{<.<}g

    • BooTs
    • 13 years ago

    You believe he committed suicide? I think he probably got thrown off the roof after he tried to get the prototype back and the buyer didn’t want him to cause any trouble for their shareholders.

    • UberGerbil
    • 13 years ago

    I blame Adobe and Google, because its their common parking lot that catches so many of the “dry jumpers” from the Aurora bridge in Seattle.
    §[<http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16829300<]§ §[<http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/Content?oid=3664<]§

    • UberGerbil
    • 13 years ago

    That’s what he gets for buying a Honda. You sure it wasn’t a Civic?

    • ludi
    • 13 years ago

    That was a technology barrier, not a competitive barrier, just like how ten years ago nobody was browsing the Internet on their phones. In fact the Motorola StarTac, pretty much the first modern miniature phone on the US market, had only been out for a couple years and was still selling like hotcakes.

    People have been able to read books at a level that is “good enough” on their PDAs and smartphones for quite a few years now. In spite of that (and in spite of its price), the Kindle instantly and perhaps permanently carved out a very sizeable market niche, arguably on two factors: resource library, and special product features (e-ink).

    Apple has the ability to assemble the resource library but right now they don’t have the e-ink feature. And they ought to be familiar with the concept of dominating a market through product specialization because it’s exactly what they did and are still doing with the iPod brand.

    • StashTheVampede
    • 13 years ago

    Reg date of 10/7. Looks pretty similar.

    • thermistor
    • 13 years ago

    #10…I’m against placing bridges strategically over things like shark-infested waters and alligator pits. No spontaneous James Bond/Indiana Jones moments allowed.

    • Arxor
    • 13 years ago

    So did he get banned, or what?

    • StashTheVampede
    • 13 years ago

    What is wrong with Apple?

    • indeego
    • 13 years ago

    There are people that will buy one and not the other because the functionality is “good enough,” thereby creating competition.

    Eventually something has to give and the competition will heat up. 10 years ago nobody was listening to tens of thousands of songs on their phonesg{<.<}g

    • indeego
    • 13 years ago

    I’m boycotting bridges because too many have aided suicidesg{<.<}g

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 13 years ago

    The guy committed suicide on his own accord.

    • cavedog
    • 13 years ago

    A bit OT: but do you guys recall a foxconn employee committing suicide after misplacing a Apple prototype? Me thinks was the apple tablet.

    IMO no prototype is worth a human life. please do not empower these companies. boycott their products.

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 13 years ago

    300-400k shipping for launch? They are going to need moar.

    • Hance
    • 13 years ago

    I think of it as more of an iPod on steroids than anything. I have only played with the kindle for a few minutes and own an iPod touch. They are in two totally different markets. Both are good at what they do but neither one of them really competes with the other.

    • cegras
    • 13 years ago

    I’m still against e-paper / e-ink because of the weird flash to black, and the fact that at my reading pace, I would be flipping pages way too often. However, if this thing is indeed aimed for the kindle market, I will be interested.

    • StashTheVampede
    • 13 years ago

    Yes, I’ve read an article on the Kindle. My co worker brought in the very latest unit from Amazon and I was able to read the text and I totally understand it’s battery life, visibility, etc.

    It’s a one trick pony that does reading VERY well, but it won’t have nearly the same kind of support that Apple has.

    • bthylafh
    • 13 years ago

    Ever read something on a Kindle? Its biggest selling point (other than being relatively cheap at $300) is its screen. High contrast & resolution, even higher viewing angles than an IPS panel, hardly any power consumption.

    Unless Apple makes something with an e-ink screen (which won’t happen until it gains color & the response time goes up some), this isn’t going to be a Kindle killer.

    • StashTheVampede
    • 13 years ago

    The Kindle is a … near one trick pony. Buy something, read it and move on with your day.

    Ideally, Apple will have the iPod touch, but in a larger form factor. iTunes sells music, video, applications AND articles. Seems like this isn’t too difficult for Apple to do, right?

    I know several people that use their iPhone/iPod touch as an e-reader. Getting one in ~10″ size will get them to buy another real quick.

    • bthylafh
    • 13 years ago

    If it’s going to be a Kindle killer, it’ll have to be somewhat price-competitive, i.e. $500 at most, and it’ll need a *nice* screen.

    I don’t buy it.

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