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Report: Apple Tablet Delayed for OLED Panel

By - Source: Tom's Guide US | B 4 comments

If you were hoping to see an Apple tablet in the Spring, we have some bad news.

After months of reports claiming we'd see the Apple tablet in Q1 of next year, the latest rumor is that the device has been delayed until the second half of 2010. Oh, and Apple is also said to be developing a high end, OLED version that will retail for significantly more.

The latest gossip comes to us direct from Digitimes, which cites sources from component makers who say Apple has decided to switch some components and plans to launch a model using a 9.7-inch OLED panel from LG Display. These sources went on to point out that LG is currently making OLED panels using its 4.5G production line and the company's five-year $500 million contract with Apple includes supply of OLED panels.

Given that the cost of one of the OLED panels rings in at around $500 and panel costs normally account for about 30 percent of the device's total cost, the sources estimated that Apple's OLED tablet will cost between $1,500 and $1,700. This price is expected to drop to around $1,200 by the second half of next year, with the retail price for the device expected to be $2,000.

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    Clintonio , 20 November 2009 23:36
    "Hey guys, this product isn't expensive enough!"
    "I know, let's delay the launch, add in something people probably don't want to wait for, and make them pay more for it!"

    Eh, not that I was going to buy it anyway.
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    Anonymous , 21 November 2009 12:55
    Perhaps it is the case, that if you have nothing useful to add to the comment section, then don't? Nobody cares about your spending habits.
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    Pailin , 21 November 2009 19:07
    The OLED panels bring a much better picture and also muh longer battery life as there will be no backlighting to run.

    I understand current flat screen tech supports between 16 - 24 million colours
    OLED can support 65 million like our good classic CRT's can :) 

    Quote from: http://www.neowin.net/news/main/09/07/09/limiting-oled-colours-could-improve-battery-life
    "Current day LCD panels use a backlight system that is always on, which in turn is using the same amount of energy across the screen, OLED technology however works differently as each pixel is its own light source, and as such different colours use different amounts of energy.The researchers at the university took advantage of the OLED technology collecting data on the energy consumption of each colour used, from that they were able to use a subset that managed to give savings of up to 40% depending on what was being shown on the screen."
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    devilxc , 23 November 2009 19:21
    Wasn't the tablet slated at $700? Is the OLED worth $1000?

    There was me thinking that apple was releasing a product that was affordable...