The device, designed as a larger version of the iPod Touch, will have a 9-inch to 10-inch touchscreen and possibly a keyboard, as analysts, industry sources and news reports have outlined.
An initial version of the long-anticipated Apple tablet will be subsidized by Verizon (VZ - Get Report), but Apple and Verizon "won't be as tightly integrated" as Apple's iPhone exclusivity deal with AT&T (T - Get Report), says one source familiar with the companies, who asked not to be named.
Apple has been tinkering with the tablet for nearly two years. The popularity of the iPhone and particularly the iPod Touch have convinced the company that people are enamored with the touchscreens and see the swipe-and-poke, Web-friendly interface as more than just a fad.The market, however, may not be as ready as Apple is.
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