• Tablet Announcement Next Month: Financial Times

    Apple could unveil its long-rumored tablet computer as early as next month, according to a report in the Financial Times on Wednesday. Without specifying sources, the UK's influential business newspaper asserted that Apple is "preparing an announcement next month" that may include the tablet.

    The story in the Financial Times echoed yesterday's report in the Wall Street Journal that Apple was looking to turn the iTunes Store into a marketplace for streaming movies and music as well as offering files for download. The story didn't cite any sources but said Apple could unveil the Internet-focused device next month.

    Apple is preparing an announcement next month that many anticipate will be the official unveiling of its tablet, but the company has so far declined to confirm the existence of the device. Wall Street analysts expect mass production of an Apple tablet to begin as early as February.
    MacRumors compares this report to a story which had appeared in iLounge in September, that had gotten a tip about the tablet from the same source who had given them an accurate leak about the fifth-generation iPod nano. That source claimed that the tablet device will sport a 10.7" screen offering 720-pixel resolution, that it will run iPhone OS rather than Mac OS X, and that it will be announced on or before January 19th, 2010 for release in May or June of 2010.
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