Analyst sees Apple tablet launch in March

Posted by Aharon Etengoff

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has predicted that Apple will ship its enigmatic tablet by the end of March.

"We expect the tablet hardware to be similar to an iPod touch but larger (about 10"); we expect the key differentiator of the device to be its software," Munster said in an investors note obtained by AppleInsider and CNN.

"While there are several options ranging from a touch screen Mac OS X to an iPhone-like OS, we expect the tablet to be driven by a new version of Apple's iPhone OS that runs a new category of larger apps alongside all the current apps from the App Store."

According to Munster, Club Cupertino could initially sell over a million units of the long-awaited device.

"While the tablet is not currently in our model, we believe Apple could sell about 1.4M units [at $600 each] if the tablet shipped in March, adding 2 percent to revenue."

Munster added that the tablet should "compete well" in the netbook category.

"[However], it [will] focus more on apps, [iTune] entertainment content  and web surfing."
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