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At least our speculation regarding the date and time of Apple’s special press event this month can now come to an end. Apple confirmed today, via invitations sent to the press, that there will indeed be a special event at the Yerba Buena Center for the […]

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At least our speculation regarding the date and time of Apple’s special press event this month can now come to an end. Apple confirmed today, via invitations sent to the press, that there will indeed be a special event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco on January 27 at 10AM Pacific time.

Not only that, but the promotional material for the event bears the tagline “Come see our latest creation.” For those who were still skeptical that Apple would release a tablet at all, I think you should consider yourselves quite wrong. That tagline definitely wouldn’t herald a new Core i5-based MacBook Pro, and given that Apple cannot be unaware of the hype surrounding its still-mythical slate, there’s really only one thing it could refer to. Judging by my Twitter stream, not everyone thinks it’s that obvious, though.

Some people are speculating that the evidence points to a software announcement. Creative software that could produce some kind of artistic output, possibly iLife for the iPhone? That’s a reasonable enough prediction, if you don’t take into account the fact that for years now the tablet rumors have been stacking up, and Apple would realize that announcing some lame software when everyone is thinking iSlate would absolutely destroy its stock price.

Another possibility is that this will just be an announcement of the next major iPhone OS upgrade, iPhone 4.0. If the tablet is running that platform, I think we’ll see it discussed here, but Apple is not a company to use words irresponsibly. Not to mention that the last time it held such an event was March of last year, so the timing is off, and the invitations for that event couldn’t have been more obvious about the nature of the announcement. Why be coy now, when doing so could only hurt the company in the eyes of investors?

No, if you ask me, it’s tablet time. Now that we don’t have long to wait, you may want to brush up on all the latest and greatest from the rumor mill. Honestly, if I was going to link to all of our tablet-related articles, I think every word of this article would be hyperlinked, so I’ll just do this and make it much easier for all of us. Now’s the time to start getting those last minute predictions in, so that you can point back to the comments section of this post and tell all your friends “I told you so.”

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  1. What I Think I Know About the Apple Tablet Monday, January 18, 2010

    [...] anticipated, much discussed, and completely unknown Apple Tablet device expected to be announced on January 27. But based on the last few years, I have a bit of a unique perspective on the tablet, why Apple [...]

  2. The Legend of Vincent Tremblay Monday, January 18, 2010

    I think the imagery is obvious: It’s not a tablet, it’s a paintball gun.

    1. I agree. Probably a multitouch trigger and an oled sight

    2. It’s Apple’s answer to the Microsoft Surface paint demo

  3. Behold the Apple Canvas!

  4. Secrecy can be troublesome if everyone ‘knows’ it’s going to be a tablet.

    If it isn’t going to be a tablet, Apple would need to wave off the hype wave building for the device. Some PR release like ‘We have exiting things to show, but no tablet, just yet.’

    Seeing as they haven’t done this yet, the tablet has been confirmed.

  5. rockstarbanana Monday, January 18, 2010

    so… what are the chances they will announce the new tablet and the new macbook pros at the same event?

  6. Hopefully high. I want a core i5 mb pro.

  7. HD SCHELLNACK – DAS BLOG » Blog Archive » APPLE IM FARBRAUSCH Tuesday, January 19, 2010

    [...] bringt anscheinend doch kein Tablett, sondern der Einladung zum Event am 27.01. zufolge eher eine Sprühdose auf den Markt, iSpray. Ich hoffe ja mal, dass dieses Bild eine Art [...]

  8. What I Think I Know About the Apple Tablet « Eutychus Tuesday, January 19, 2010

    [...] anticipated, much discussed, and completely unknown Apple Tablet device expected to be announced on January 27. But based on the last few years, I have a bit of a unique perspective on the tablet, why Apple [...]

  9. Fox confirmed Tablet, iPhone 4, and iLife…

    None are a real shock… though besides the tablet and the iPhone 4.0 upgrade, I really want to see a new Apple TV.

    Story here: http://theblogofadam.wordpress.com/2010/01/18/tablet-iphone-4-0-and-ilife-2010-confirmed/

  10. 7 for 7: Countdown to the Apple Tablet Tuesday, January 19, 2010

    [...] Official word yesterday that there is indeed an Apple event on the 27th didn’t generate the frenetic response typically associated with such news, probably because the blogosphere, twitterverse and mainstream media have all been going gaga over it for weeks. [...]

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