One of the biggest stories of 2009 has been the oft-rumored but never actually confirmed Apple tablet. In the last few days we’ve heard some new rumors — including potential names iSlate and iGuide.
Although Apple hasn’t officially acknowledged the existence of a tablet device, rumors have longed pointed to January as some sort of official announcement date. Now Fox News has confirmed an earlier Financial Times report that Apple will be holding a special media event on January 26 in San Francisco. Although specific details surrounding the event are still tightly guarded, insiders say that the announcement is all about the mobile space. To add further fodder to the rumor mill, a number of reports have appeared from app developers who say Apple has requested that their programs be revised for larger resolutions. The only people who are likely to be unhappy with this scheduled media event? The Macworld 2010 team. Last year Apple announced that it wouldn’t participate in future Macworld Expos, citing in part the difficulties of having to prepare a January presentation over the holiday season. Despite the upcoming event, it’s become clear over the last few weeks that Apple doesn’t have to spend money on a big expo booth in order to get the tech and mainstream media foaming at the mouth. What do you think will be announced at January’s special Apple event?