TAIPEI, Taiwan (
-- Electronics manufacturer
device, according to a report on the
Citing unnamed market sources, DigiTimes says that Foxconn will deliver the
in the first quarter of 2010. Initial shipments will be in the 300,000 to 400,000 range, it added.
The Tablet is described as having a 10.6-inch display, and the sources speculated that these could come from Foxconn subsidiary
. Citing its contacts, DigiTimes said that the Tablet will focus more on e-book features than music.
A manufacturing deal between Foxconn and Apple would not be completely out of the blue. Foxconn, which is the trade name of
, is already an Apple partner and is the world's largest contract manufacturer for cell phones and other electronic components.
Taiwan Economic News
Web site recently
that a number Taiwanese firms are supplying components for the Tablet, and said that the device will debut in February 2010.
, which are small, portable, computers have been generating plenty of
this year, and great things are expected from Apple's offering. Whether the Apple device emulates the success of the iPhone, however, remains to be
Notable by its absence from Apple's recent
in San Francisco, the Tablet was one of the summer's most-discussed technologies. The blogosphere has been
with rumors about
, although Apple, true to form, is playing its cards close to its chest.
Neither Apple nor Foxconn has yet responded to
's request for comment on this story.
Like Apple, Microsoft is also said to be
on a Tablet device; it is rumored that the software giant's
Shares of Apple, which competes with
, closed up 24 cents, or 0.13%, to $190.25 Wednesday, as the Nasdaq rose 0.32%.
-- Reported by James Rogers in New York