Apple could announce tablet at January 27 event

The endless cycle of Apple tablet rumors may be drawing to a close, at last. All Things Digital blogger John Paczkowski has learned from "sources in a position to know" that Apple will orchestrate a media event later this month, where a "major new product" will be announced.

Paczkowski leaves other details to the imagination. Since we've been hearing for weeks that Apple will finally unleash its mysterious tablet in early 2010, though, that device seems like the most likely candidate. The latest report we saw quoted a March-April release time frame, but Apple has been known to pre-announce some products a few months ahead of retail availability. The original iPhone is a prime example.

This time, Paczkowski says Apple will orchestrate an event on Wednesday, January 27 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Apple hosted its last iPod event at the same location on a Wednesday last September, so that doesn't sound all too implausible. (The Financial Times expects the event to happen on January 26, but Paczkowski believes that's inaccurate.)

Last we heard, the iTablet had a 10.1" multi-touch display, and Apple was busy inking distribution deals with book publishers, presumably in a bid to go toe-to-toe with the Amazon Kindle.

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