The Apple Tablet: Not Dead Yet!

"The Apple Tablet is Dead!"

So screams PCWorld about the machine that some suckers (OK, me included) predicted could transform the market for netbooks, e-readers and all-in-one devices in one fell swoop. Less hysterically, BusinessWeek points out that the device is merely delayed until the second half of 2010. Rumor is the delay is all about cutting costs for the screen technology, which was slated to add $500 to the final cost, while Apple wants the product to sell for as close to $1000 as possible.


Another reason I'm dubious that the tablet is truly dead is this news that Conde Nast is preparing to make some of its magazines "tablet-ready" when the device launches. Wired doesn't necessarily have any scoop on the tablet's development, but given the magazine's relationship with the tech industry it seems unlikely to me that it would invest in developing technology for a product that Apple has given up on.

Presented by

Derek Thompson is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he writes about economics, labor markets, and the entertainment business.

The Horrors of Rat Hole Mining

"The river was our source of water. Now, the people won't touch it. They are repulsed by it."

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register with Disqus.

Please note that The Atlantic's account system is separate from our commenting system. To log in or register with The Atlantic, use the Sign In button at the top of every page.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

The Horrors of Rat Hole Mining

"The river was our source of water. Now, the people won't touch it."

Video

What's Your Favorite Slang Word?

From "swag" to "on fleek," tweens choose.

Video

Cryotherapy's Dubious Appeal

James Hamblin tries a questionable medical treatment.

Video

Confessions of Moms Around the World

In Europe, mothers get maternity leave, discounted daycare, and flexible working hours.

Video

How Do Trees Know When It's Spring?

The science behind beautiful seasonal blooming

More in Business

Just In