In case you missed it, Apple isn’t developing a netbook. The company has reiterated this point at every possible opportunity over the last year or so. But that doesn’t mean the company has nothing to offer in the small, light, and ultraportable computing category. Rumors of an Apple tablet that will be larger than an iPhone but smaller than a Macbook have been flying for the past half year or so.
Now The Street reports that Apple’s 9 to 10 inch tablet could be available before the holiday season. And while the tablet might not be as cheap as today’s netbooks, which commonly sell for around $400 or less, The Street reports that the Apple Tablet could be distributed by Verizon, with the telecom subsidizing the price.
It’s possible that the tablet, which will reportedly be a larger version of the iPod Touch, could have a keyboard. But the deal with Verizon is intriguing, because it implies that the tablet will be 3G capable, which means in some ways it could be an oversized iPhone. The Street says the tablet will be a data-only device, without voice capabilities. But why?
Throw a little bluetooth headset in there, and you could even make calls while leaving the tablet itself packed away in your bag. Because let’s face it, are you really going to want to buy this tablet plus an iPhone if you have to sign up for separate 3G data plans for each?