January 27 Apple event confirmed

Well, this is it. Next week, we'll see Apple put the rumors to rest by unleashing its long-awaited tablet device—either that, or the firm will hold perhaps its most disappointing keynote in recent history.

As Ars Technica reports, Apple has sent out invitations for a media event taking place on January 27 at 10:00 AM Pacific. The invites show a white Apple logo overlaid on top of multicolored paint splatters and, below it, five short words: "Come see our latest creation."

As foretold by the Wall Street Journal's All Things Digital blog, Apple will hold the event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco—the same venue where last year's iPod refresh took place. Ars expects the Apple tablet will promote either the publishing industry and e-books, a la Amazon's Kindle, or music and video, but some type of link with creative arts seems like a given. In light of the reports we've seen about secret negotiations between Apple and publishing firms, we'd bet on the e-book rumors.

There's still no word on specifications or availability, though. The freshest information we fished out dates back to early December, when an analyst said he expected a 10.1" multi-touch device with a $1,000 price tag. The analyst's speculation hinted at a February retail release, too.

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