Will we see Apple's Tablet January 27th?

Apple has officially confirmed its long rumored end-of-January event. The event will be held on January 27th and will take place at 1pm EST time at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

Apple has officially confirmed its long rumored end-of-January event. The event will be held on January 27th and will take place at 1pm EST time at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. As usual, Apple is giving no hint as to what will specifically be unveiled but is teasing the world with an invite that simply says, "Come see our latest creation." and features an image with different colored paint splotches.

Based on the teaser, it could either be a whole new product--the world is hoping for the rumored tablet--or the next iPhone, or pretty much anything else, given what Apple is capable of. Perhaps we could even see the new AppleTV, given all of the rumors around Apple making deals with content providers?

So, what do we know? So far Apple hasn't confirmed anything (as always) but we've been hearing a 10 or 11-inch Tablet around the internet. We've also now heard that HarperCollins is apparently negotiating with Apple to make electronic books available for Apple's rumored tablet device.

Perhaps we'll see a convergence of two devices? Maybe the rumors around the content deals for AppleTV will actually be content deals for the AppleTV and the tablet, with Apple taking over your living room with a new 10-inch tablet that has a monthly fee that brings ALL of your content needs to your device and then can output HDMI to your living room TV?

I can't wait to see what comes on January 27th. Chances are it's a tablet of some sort, since some iPhone developers have even mentioned that they were asked by Apple to prepare some of their offerings for a higher-resolution screen.

The bigger question is whether or not the world will embrace this new category. Microsoft has been trying to get users to adopt its tablet PC for years, and now has announced a "new" tablet PC-ish device from HP in its slate PC category. Businesses will no doubt grab onto this slate PC, but what about consumers?

We know that touch is in, but will consumers add yet another device into the mix in the form of a tablet? I know that I'm not sold on having another device to carry around. My iPhone and other mobile devices do more than enough for me, so in my case Apple has to not only create a device, but also create a need.

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