Rumor: Subsidized Apple iTablet Coming to Verizon this Year?
The Street (opens in new tab) (via MacRumors) is rumoring about the iTablet on Verizon:
iTablet, or MediaPad, rumors for Verizon are nothing new of course. The Verizon subsidy would help reduce the initial sticker price of an $800 iTablet down to something more competitive with low cost netbooks, though with only a data plan and no voice, the subsidy wouldn't be a large as the one AT&T provides to iPhone customers who promptly return ~$100 a month in service fees.
Since Verizon is CDMA and Apple is an international company, it's hard to believe a GSM version of the iTablet -- if such a beatie is really near release -- isn't in the works, or wasn't completed first. So, hopefully, those not on Verizon, not eager for a CDMA data plan, or not in the US will have iTablet options as well.
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Apple wants to get it out to everyone not just verizon. And since they won't have a contract to keep it only on one network they could deliver it to different carriers.
I jumped ship to AT&T and only to discover that I've been paying Verizon expensive data plan on my Curve 8330 and BB Storm for a speed that's at least 5x slower on AT&T's 3G, and I live in San Diego with 3G coverage by all 4 carriers. Conducting random speed tests on my ex-BB Storm, I've had 100-150 kbps. On my iphone, I never fall below 900 kbps and most of the time more than 1 mbps download speed.
Although I have some reservation about AT&T 's sometimes spotty coverage, I will never ever trade-off its speed. Verizon can have the biggest 3G coverage, but they don't tell you about how slow their network is. So its not worth to have a would be expensive tablet on a network that do not give you speed. 4G? that is still farther down the road.
It all depends on your preference.
That said, I still don't see the use of owning such a tablet. I've not gotten in the netbook spirit either. A 13" lightweight laptop specced up works for me.
Ideally, I'd like to see and powerful enough iPhone that can cradle doc into a larger 'dumb' multi-touch screen.
Bingo...cheap, game over, and sexy.
- has a standard (non-solid state) hard drive. FAIL
- Has less than 3 hour battery life. FAIL
- Requires a Carrier data plan to activate and use FAIL
Overall I think there's a LOT of room for Apple to fail here. Tablet PCs have never taken off the way they could have. Mainly , I think, because people want them to be full on PCs instead of an appliance dedicated to a specific form of input. What this really NEEDS to be is something scaled down for pen inputs (note taking and such) that can be wirelessly synced back to a central "cloud" for access from multiple platforms a la Evernote etc...
2nd if it does I hope they don't use crappy ass OS 3.0 on it.
If you decide to get the Apple tablet, it's just a question which network will give you a faster download and upload speed.
So those who can't see it being useful because they already have an iphone simply miss the point of this device entirely. It has nothing to do with the iPhone, it is not designed for your back pocket.
This is a notebook/netbook competitor. You can bet it has WIFI as well as 3G. Dell is also getting into this market.
Typically tablets are aimed at Artist types, graphic artists, lay-up artists, composition designers, more than simple web surfers (although Apple wouldn't chase away any customers).
Most use a stylus for hand writing and an on-screen keyboard. Other than the prop department at Stargate studios, the largest market for tablets is are artists, with a building segment in medical for charts and roaming access to hospital records, as well warehouse management applications.
I just can't see how anyone can be an iPhone fanboy and still Dis a device that brings that same screen+finger interface up to a usable size, where you could accomplish REAL work, with REAL applications.
The netbook industry is in mortal danger if you ask me.
It occurs to me that this device could also kill the Kindle in a drive by shooting, unless Apple tries to control what you can run on it.
Truth says it won't happen. Game over. Please move along folks. He's never wrong. cough.
I had the Blackberry Bold on the AT&T network and the internet sucked too, even on 3G. The iPhone on the same network is great. I think Blackberry just blows.
What have I had an opportunity to be wrong on.
The Iphone 3g has an outdated OS
The 3gs is a minimal upgrade at best
AT&T sucks for you but is cheap and great for me (thx discount)
The HTC Hero UI will mop the floor with the Iphone
All Truth 24/7.
Then I guess I won't be selling my Amazon stock. "unless Apple tries to control what you run on it"? These are the people who brought you the App Store. I think controlling what you run on it is pretty much a given.
But this is more of a general purpose computer.
Apple may take the approach of any Apple Laptop, where you don't need blessing from on high to buy, sell, or install software. Or they may go the Super-Nanny Iphone route where you have get down on bended knee.
That's what I meant.
If its just a run of the mill computer with a big touch screen, no problem. Anyone can write software for that.
All I meant was, you post with absolute certainty that this device "Won't Happen".
Then, with conviction, you follow that up with "If it does".
Now, ignoring the nihilism, why not just say you don't think this tablet is coming out, and then explain what apple is going to do with all the millions of 10 inch touch screens they recently ordered.
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Additionally, you totally miss how this new technology will be classroom-friendly. From textbooks to text entry -- it's gonna make a big difference especially for disabled children.