Verizon to launch an Apple tablet computer this year
While Verizon may not release an iPhone anytime soon, the giant mobile carrier could – and apparently will – launch another Apple product, namely a tablet computer, sometime before the year’s end.
Said tablet may look like a larger iPod Touch, sporting a 9 to 10 inch touchscreen display and maybe a keyboard too – this could be that Verizon media pad rumored a few months back.
According to The Street, “an initial version” of the Apple tablet will be offered by Verizon Wireless, subsidized. However, it looks like Verizon won’t have exclusivity for the device, like AT&T has for the iPhone.
It’s said that Apple has the computer tablet ready for almost a year (in a prototype version). Seeing that devices like the Amazon Kindle are quite successful, the company has probably thought that now it’s a good time to release its own tablet.
(this is just a mockup)
We should expect the tablet to have a high price, like most of Apple’s products.
Being a data-only device, the tablet might be expensive even after Verizon subsidizes it. Mobile operators generally offer big subsidies for smartphones, which bring nice revenues from both the voice and data plans paid by customers during their contract agreements. With this in mind, we suppose that a data-only device could only be sold after a smaller subsidy and, thus, be more expensive.