Apple Is Set to Launch Tablet Amid White-Hot Hype

After months of hype, Apple (AAPL) is poised to announce its much-vaunted tablet-style computer Wednesday during a jam-packed event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco at 10 a.m., PST. Using Apple's iTunes software to distribute media, company chieftain Steve Jobs hopes to introduce a disruptive new product aimed at moving Apple's dominance of online music into video, books, movies and games.