According to the latest gossip, we're about find out how Apple plans to compete with Motorola's Xoom, RIM's PlayBook, HP's TouchPad, and every other potentially awesome tablet in the pipeline. While the original iPad is going to look long in the tooth before long, Kara Swisher of All Things D claims to have heard from "several sources close to the situation" that Apple's planning an iPad media event on March 2, 2011.
Citing sources from HP's upstream component partners, DigiTimes says shipments of Hewlett-Packard's upcoming TouchPad tablet will start delivery by the end of March. HP will then begin selling its webOS 3.0-based tablet in April, one year after Apple got the tablet market rolling with its iPad device.
More details continue to emerge as the Motorola Xoom inches closer to launch. We recently learned the Xoom 3G would ship for $800, while the Wi-Fi only version will ship for $600. That's a bit higher than some had hoped, and now it's looking like it won't ship with Flash support until later this year, according to an ad on Verizon Wireless' website.
We still don't know if Best Buy's premature posting of the Motorola Xoom tablet on its site last week was an honest-to-goodness mistake or a publicity stunt, but now the mega electronics chain is taking preorders for the anticipated tablet, no foolin' around.
Riding the success of it's iPad tablet, Apple has leapfrogged ahead of Hewlett-Packard in both mobile PC shipments (10.2 million) and mobile market share (17.2 percent), according to data by DisplaySearch. Apple now sits on top, ahead of not only HP (15.6 percent), but also Acer (14 percent), Dell (9.9 percent), and Toshiba (8.6 percent). Note that Apple's 10.2 million shipment number includes both iPad and notebook sales.
In the desktop world, Intel is where ARM (and every other chip maker) would like to be, and the reverse is probably true in the mobile handheld market. It's true that Intel dominates the netbook category, but it's ARM that has a jump on tablets. And guess what? ARM isn't all that concerned with Intel encroaching on its territory.
U.S. District Court Judge Jeremy Fogel dismissed a lawsuit filed last summer alleging Apple's iPad overheats when used in warm weather or in direct sunlight, ComputerWorld reports. The lawsuit accused Apple of fraud, deceptive advertising, and running afoul of California's consumer protection and unfair business practices laws for marketing and selling broken tablets.
We always envisioned Google's Android platform sparking a price war among tablet makers, but that may be wishful thinking. Motorola's Xoom tablet, the first in the world to sport the potentially awesome Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) platform, will reportedly sell for $800 and perhaps as high as $1,200 (we doubt it). Either way, it's significantly more than Apple's entry-level iPad, which isn't a fair comparison based on features, but could play a role in which platform consumers buy into. To top it off, now we're hearing that LG's upcoming Optimus Pad will run at least $700.
NAND flash memory makers will see a gigantic boost in demand in 2011 as the emerging tablet market takes off, iSuppli says. The market research firm predicts tablet consumption of NAND flash is set to explode more than 380 percent in the 2011, increasing from 476.8 million GB in 2010 and eventually climbing to 12.3 billion GB by 2014. Moreover, the proportion of NAND flash use among tablets versus the total supply of NAND memory will go up by 11.8 percent in 2011, nearly a threefold increase from 4.3 percent last year.
Previous rumors and leaked documents pegged Motorola's Xoom tablet launching for $800 at Best Buy on February 24th, and if you thought that was high, you better hope the recent listing was a mistake. The electronics chain over the weekend listed the Tegra 2 tablet on its website for a penny shy of $1,200, which would put the tablet in a pricing tier all its own. Does Best Buy (and Motorola) really intend to charge that much?