Rumors had been floating around about a launch event for Apple’s newest creation, the “Tablet”. Apple has officially announced a product event to be held at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater. The invitation reads, “Come see our latest creation.” The event is scheduled to begin 10 a.m., Jan. 27.

Is Apple launching the Tablet on January 27th?

We at are sure that the event will showcase the “Tablet” which the company has been developing for years. The product is supposed to be a 10 inch version on iPhone with strong reading capabilities (to rival Sony Reader and Amazon’s Kindle). The Wall Street Journal has earlier published a report that claimed Apple is negotiating with HarperCollins Publishers to produce e-book content for the introduction of the tablet.


ILounge’s source also said the tablet would specialize “as a slate-like replacement for books and magazines.” in previous months has argued that an Apple tablet would pose a serious threat to the Amazon Kindle as well as the e-book store. We speculated that Apple could integrate an e-book section into the iTunes Store, giving it the potential to shake up the publishing industry.

Are you getting overwhelmed by the flurry of tablet news? We don’t blame you. Here are the rumors that have been echoed by several publications:

  • Steve Jobs has had a heavy hand in the tablet’s development.
    Sources: Wall Street Journal, AppleInsider, Barron’s, iLounge
  • The Apple tablet will launch in early 2010.
    Sources: AppleInsider, TheLoop, iLounge, Barron’s
  • The tablet will look like a larger iPod Touch or iPhone, measuring approximately 10 inches.
    Sources: Gizmodo, AppleInsider, Barron’s, iLounge, InfoTimes
  • The tablet will cost between $700 and $900, positioning it between the iPhone/iPod Touch and Apple’s notebooks.
    Sources: Gizmodo, InfoTimes, Barron’s
  • The tablet will come in two versions. Gizmodo’s source claims one model will feature a webcam (perhaps for videoconferencing) while the other will focus on education. A camera-equipped tablet would make more sense on the 3G-equipped tablet described by iLounge’s source; likewise, a camera-less version of the tablet could be the non-3G tablet mentioned by iLounge’s source.
    Sources: Gizmodo, iLounge


So, what could be the possible name for this tablet? Since, the prefix “i” is customary for Apple products, following are our guesses –

  • iFlat
  • iTab
  • iTablet

Any more ideas?