AppleInsider is reporting that Apple is wrapping up development on the rumored tablet device, which they are expecting to ship in early 2010. The report tells of some of the development issues the device experienced, and how Apple redesigned the device multiple times until it met the companies high standards. The 10-inch, 3G-enabled tablet, akin […]
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Apple Tablet to Launch in Early 2010, Utilize Chips From P.A. Semi?

AppleInsider is reporting that Apple is wrapping up development on the rumored tablet device, which they are expecting to ship in early 2010. The report tells of some of the development issues the device experienced, and how Apple redesigned the device multiple times until it met the companies high standards.

The 10-inch, 3G-enabled tablet, akin to a jumbo iPod touch, is the latest brainchild of chief executive Steve Jobs. That distinction, as insiders will tell you, carries its share of baggage. Under the critical eye of Jobs, contours must be precise, each pixel of the interface has to match a particular vision, and there can be no fault — no matter how slight — or it’s back to the drawing board.

As such, AppleInsider has observed silently as the project was reset at least a half-dozen times over the past 24 months. Each time, development was frozen and key aspects of the device rethought, retooled and repositioned. At times, those close to the Apple co-founder had their doubts that it would ever see the light of day, just like a smaller PDA device he canned a few years after returning to the company.

This report also suggests that the main reason for the delays were decisions on the device’s processor. Apple was initially going to use Intel’s ATOM chips in the device, but quickly found that these chips wouldn’t give Apple the battery life they wanted. According to sources, this was ultimately why Apple bought P.A. Semi in early 2008. This allowed Apple to use their own ARM based chip designs in the device, bringing performance up to standards.

Mockup courtesy of AppleInsider.

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