mac-tablet2According to top market research firm Piper Jaffray, Apple’s oft-speculated Apple tablet will launch in early 2010, sell for $600 and shift two million units in its first year on sale.

Of course, this is all research-based speculation, but it’s interesting all the same. Piper Jaffray claims to have been told by an Asian component supplier that Apple wants an order of touchscreen tablets to be fulfilled in late 2009 in anticipation of an early 2010 launch.

The firm also predicts that the Apple tablet will be pitched to fill a product void between the iPod touch and the cheapest MacBook, aimed at users looking for a simple, convenient device that offers “best in class” access to email, the web and media functionality.

Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster predicts that the Apple tablet will run a modified version of the iPhone OS rather than Mac OS X, with the larger screen allowing users to multitask.

We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for more Apple tablet-related news-bits over the coming weeks, so keep it here for more – or post some of your own predictions over in the Electricpig Forum.

Out TBC | £TBC | Apple (via AppleInsider)

  • Blaze

    I don’t think it’d be a wise thing for a computer like device to run off of the ipod/phone OS. I mean I know that these OS’s are ahead of others on their platform but it has the possibility to become one of the first tablet computers that actual work. wouldn’t Apple be better off showing its goods and make it compatible with Snow Leopard? Theres a lot of hype about the tablets but theres a lot of things that could go wrong design wise. I know its Apple but I see a lot of cutting corners to lower prices… I do hope that Apple really put thought into what people want to be able to do with a tablet. but than again a tablet by itself for under 1000 that you can actually live draw on would sell like fire i guess we can only hope that they went the extra mile

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