This latest projection by an analyst with Oppenheimer, suggests that the Apple tablet will go in production in February and launched in March 2010.
Other suggestions are:
- Apple has settled on a 10.1-inch multi-touch display using the iPhone’s LTPS LCD technology, not the considerably more expensive OLED technology suggested in earlier reports.
- Apple has been approaching U.S. book publishers with what Reiner describes as “a very attractive proposal” for distributing their content: an App Store-type 30/70 split (30% for Apple) with no exclusivity requirement. [See UPDATE below.]
- According to Reiner, publishers are disgruntled by Amazon’s terms, which force exclusivity, disallow advertising and demand a “wolfish cut” of revenue. The typical Kindle/publisher split, he says, is 50/50, rising to 30/70 if Amazon gets exclusivity.
- Apple’s tablet would make ebooks more attractive for the education market by simplifying functions such as scribbling marginalia.