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Apple To Commercialise Tablet PC By March 2010?

Apple is all set to announce the launch dates for the highly anticipated Apple Tablet PC later this month, a person familiar with the project has reported. The anonymous source also mentioned that the product will start shipping some time in March 2010

Apple, which was expected to provide details about the tablet PC at the CES 2010 in Las Vegas, may launch the tablet PC at a convention in San Francisco in January 27th 2010.

The company, which is best known for its iPod and iPhone devices, will offer the tablet in order to capitalise on the growing demand for a device that lets users read, surf the web and watch movies from a single platform.

The rumored tablet PC offering by Apple is expected to sport a 10.1 inch multi-touch screen, a 3D graphics card and a price tag of $1000. It has also been speculated that the tablet PC will have a virtual keyboard similar to that of the iPhone and will be most likely be internet enabled via Wi-Fi or mobile wireless network.

However, rumours apart, the still unconfirmed and unannounced device is most likely to be the hottest gadget in the tech market for 2010... and we're only at the beginning of the year.

Our Comments

The tablet PC, which some have called an Amazon Kindle Killer, will look like a sophisticated e-reader with a full color display and the ability to play videos accompanied with sound. The success of the Tablet will depend on the price or whether it offers the device subsidised.

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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.