More Apple tablet rumors
A key factor for the tablet's success will be price. Yair Reiner, an analyst for Oppenheimer & Co., said in a research note last month that the tablet would be priced at about $1,000, citing sources. One challenge: Apple's MacBook laptops start at $999.
Richard Doherty, director of technology consulting firm Envisioneering Group, said such a price could include a subscription to a nationwide Wi-Fi wireless service such as those run by AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless, which provide Internet access at thousands of hot-spots such as airports, hotels and restaurants.
Mr. Doherty doesn't expect the device to be connected to a high-speed 3G cellular network, especially after AT&T, which is the U.S. carrier for Apple's iPhone, has had trouble supporting the high data demands of iPhone users. "We don't think the networks are up to it," Mr. Doherty said.