Amid Tablet Chatter, Apple Invites Press to See 'Latest Creation'
Speculation about a possible Apple tablet computer has been mounting for months, with the company staying characteristically tight-lipped. Apple CEO Steve Jobs's modus operandi in these situations is to let speculation and chatter mount to a feverish pitch, before dropping his "latest creation" on adoring acolytes.
While touchscreen technology has been around for many years, touchscreen-enabled devices have not broken out into wide use. Apple is looking to change that with a product it hopes will become as ubiquitous and industry-changing as it's iconic iPod and iPhone -- which disrupted entire markets.
With the locus of computing moving away from bulky desktop computers to mobile devices, the time could be right for a tablet PC to break through. Apple may also be looking to incorporate touchscreen technology into its desktop models.
Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple is planning to launch "a multimedia tablet device" with a 10-inch to 11-inch screen in late January, and intends to begin shipping the device at a price point of about $1000 in March.