July 22, 2009 at 4:03 pm
There have been many rumours over an Apple Tablet or netbook device, but there’s always room for one more. We have already heard that Apple may by releasing a ‘Media Pad’ with Verizon and now we are hearing that it may launch with a subsidy from the carrier.
According to The Street, the Media Pad will basically be a 9 to 10-inch touchscreen device. It will be subsidised by Verizon and arrive in time for the holidays according to an unnamed source. The report suggests that a prototype has been ready for nearly a year now, whilst Apple has considered exactly what market it is targeting with this high cost device.
The Street suggests that with a Verizon subsidy, the cost of the Media Pad should be in line with $300 netbooks. This will come with a data-only contract.
So in essence what we are talking about here is an always-connected larger iPod type device. I’m still not sure how well this would sell, especially considering the fragility of a portable tablet device with 10-inch screen. However, I’m sure Apple’s burgeoning third party accessory market would have no problems finding a solution for that particular problem.