With the vague rumours finally starting to solidify, it seems that Apple is pegged to ship its by-now entirely unsurprising tablet offering, tentatively referred to as iSlate by some, in March.
Word comes from a Wall Street Journal report that describes the device in terms far more concrete and intimate than just about anything else we’ve seen on the Apple device that, until recently, many had been saying would forever be vapourware. The report indicates that we can expect to see the product boast a 10-inch form factor and ship at some stage in March, which is, in the grand scheme of things, quite soon indeed.
Moreover, it seems as though, in the US at least, the new device will ship with a 3G connection on-board, handled through AT&T. While none of this can be marked as official, it does come from a reliable publication with a very solid track record, so we’re curious to see just how much of it turns out to be true, but the one thing we’ll be really interested in is the price, which has been quoted as being around the $1,000 mark.
Of course, because of the whacky way that currency conversion seems to work out for most tech, we’ll likely end up seeing the device in Europe at around the €1,000 mark. It’ll be interesting to see if that’s a price point that Apple can sell a tablet Mac at, though for now things are a little up in the air.
Until there’s official word, we still don’t know just what kind of OS the device runs. If it’s a modified iPhone OS, then we’d imagine interest will be considerably lower than if it’s running a full-fledged version of Mac OS. Still, the size and price point both suggest that it’ll be running a normal operating system…