In a move that should surprise no-one Apple has started issuing invites for an event taking place on 27 January at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts theatre in San Francisco offering those in attendance the chance to see its "latest creation".
The event has been one of the industry's worst kept secrets for months now and rumours have been flying that the event will see the launch of Apple's new tablet device, possibly to be called the iSlate if a web site by that name registered by Apple is anything to go by, which it probably is.
Despite everyone in the industry expecting the event to herald the official unveiling of a tablet device it is likely the announcement will still send ripples of excitement through the tech world and could have spin-off benefits for other companies.
While Apple products are always greeted with fanboy fervour that other companies must secretly envy, for those looking at the tablet market as a growth area the move by Apple would suggest the firm has the confidence that consumers will splash out on such devices, opening up the possibility for other vendors to supply similar lower-cost devices to the market.
However, it should be remembered the above is all speculation, although based on some compelling links of information, and when we asked Apple if they had any more information or statements regarding the event they declined to comment. Nothing new there then.
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