Trip Chowderly, who wrongly forecasted "no new Mac upgrades until 2010" and Costco iPhones, is predicting that Apple is going to release a tablet with 8-10 inch OLED screens from LG Electronics. The device will be powered by an ARM Cortex A9 multi-core processor and will come at the end of the year with full scale shipping starting in 2010.
Apple was rumored to be building a MacBook with an LG OLED screen earlier this year and Microsoft’s Zune is confirmed to have an OLED screen.
While a lot of this is rumor is rehash, the 8-10 inch LG OLED screen would be a surprise since three different sources said the screen would be from Wintek. THe ARM Cortex A9 would probably be from PASemi since Samsung hasn’t developed a processor in this class yet. That is, if any of this is correct.
Apple by the end of the year will announced an $899 “SmartBook,” with 8-10 inch OLED screens from LG Electronics, and an ARM Holding (ARMH) dual core Corex9[sic] chipset. He writes that his contacts are “almost positive” that such a device is coming, that Apple wants to launch this year, but that widespread availability isn’t likely until Q1 2010. I’d note that there have been rumors about Apple sourcing OLED screens from LG for some months now; rumors that a tablet will be based on a Cortex chip have been around since late last year. And there have even been some stories asserting that the new Apple whatever-it-is will be priced at $899. Chowdhry writes that the new device is being benchmarked against the Archos Windows 7-powered NetBook, a device called the Archos 9PCtablet, and could look similar. Here’s a picture of that device, taken from the Archos Web site: