Rumor: Apple Tablet Delayed Until Second Half of 2010 and will Feature OLED Screen

Submitted by lalit on November 19, 2009 - 10:38am.

Digitimes is reporting that Apple reportedly plans to postpone the launch of its tablet PC from an original March launch to the second half of 2010. The delay is cause by Apple’s plans to switch some components and add a model using 9.7-inch OLED panel from LG Display. Digitimes’ sources say that in addition to Foxconn Electronics, Quanta Computer and Pegatron Technology are also expected to be manufacturing partners for Apple’s two tablet PC models – one with 10.6-inch LCD screen and other with 9.7-inch OLED screen.

Digitimes has changed its Apple tablet story at least six times in past six months. The website says that 9.7-inch OLED panels cost around $500 now and should drop by 30 percent in second half of 2010, which should bring the price down to $350. That price for display alone is very high for a device that Apple plans to sell for $800.

The website further adds that the OLED model will be priced around $2,000, again a very high price for handheld device. One thing Apple should has learned after iPhone launch is quality plus quantity at reasonable price will always result in greater profit.

Our sources still maintain that Apple will introduce the new tablet in first quarter of 2010 and initially it will have LCD screen only. They says Apple might introduce iPhone with OLED screen, but there are no plans to use OLED in tablet anytime before 2011.

In another Apple tablet related news, All Things Digital is reporting “Conde Nast says it will have a digital version of Wired magazine ready for the rumored gadget by the middle of next year. But Conde, like other publishers, says Apple won’t actually talk to the company about its plans for the device, or even acknowledge that it has plans.”

The website further adds “Conde Nast CEO Chuck Townsend said his company is working closely with HP and it has also been communicating its plans to Apple. But Townsend made a point of saying that Apple executives themselves refuse to acknowledge that they’re actually planning a tablet: “They’re not talking to anybody openly, “ he says.”