$1.2B in Apple Tablet PCs Coming Next Year

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2009 8:25 PM CDT
Apple Computer Inc. CEO Steve Jobs applauds employees during his keynote address at the MacWorld conference in San Francisco, Jan. 10, 2006.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)
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(Newser) – The rumors are true: Apple is making a 10-inch-screen tablet PC to compete with mini-laptops in the $500-to-$700 range, InformationWeek reports. Apple has sent orders to an unnamed Chinese supplier and, one analyst says, will likely rake in $1.2 billion by selling 2 million tablets next year. Appealing to recession-minded consumers, tablets are the fastest-rising segment in today's computer market.