It's been more than one year now since we published an article that analysed why Apple's giant iPod Touch, otherwise known as the iPad Tablet, is likely to be a failure although in theory, the idea is extremely attractive.
We identified five reasons back then and we will be revisiting these based on the latest details we've managed to gather over the last few days about Apple soon-to-be-released major product.
The main reason why the Apple Tablet will be a huge bet for Apple to sell is the pricing. The iPod Touch costs only around £160 or so, comes with 8GB and has a 3.5-inch screen. The latest rumours put the price of the iPad tablet at roughly £800, a staggering five times more. This restricts the size of the market and makes it a difficult buy for a mainstream audience even if it is an exceptional device.
There's also the problem of the size. A 10-inch tablet is big however you look at it and is roughly equivalent to nine iPod Touch placed one next to each other in a 3x3 matrix.
As for the weight, we expect it to be as heavy as 1000g and we're assuming that it will be keeping the iPod Touch 8.5-mm depth. This is not something that you'd be able to carry easily on your. The iPad Tablet is destined therefore to be a bag-portable rather than a pocket-portable item.
At 1Kg, one will need to hold the iPad with two hands rather than one to be able to contemplate the screen comfortably. Users will almost certainly need to manipulate it with one hand from time to time which might be particularly awkward and increase the risk of a fall. Now you don't want to let a £800, 1Kg, 10-inch slab of glass fall down and smash into pieces.
The battery life is also one of concern. A 10-inch iPod Device capable of displaying HD quality movies content (1280x720) will have six times more transistors switched on compared to the iPod Touch (except of course if Apple goes for an OLED screen).
Ideally, Apple should go for a much higher resolution (1440x900) to be as close as possible to the 163 pixels per inch resolution of the iPod/iPhone screen. A large amount of transistors will require more power and a bigger battery.
The real question though is whether the world needs an Apple tablet now. We might be terribly wrong (and we hope we are), but we don't really see how a £800, physically big and heavy item, is going to win millions over the first year. Then again, this is Apple, not Asus or Dell and one should never ever underestimate Steve Jobs acumen.