Back before the holidays when Jenn, Jeremy, and I all made our wishlists of devices we would like to see under the tree with our names on them, I had the Apple Tablet at the top of my list. I can't speak for the others, but apparently I will soon be able to scratch that one off the list, because it looks like Apple will finally take the wraps off its long-rumored, bigger-than-an-iPhone tablet device.
According to an email invitation sent to various media outlets, Apple will unveil something new and exciting on January 27th, or next Wednesday, at 10 a.m. Pacific to be exact. The staging area will be the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco, where the company has held several previous events such as this.
Of course, until we actually see the device in Steve Jobs' hands, everyone is merely speculating as to what Apple has been up to. But the signs all point to the Tablet because with the dominance of the App Store and the iPhone/iPod touch, we're finally to the point where mainstream consumers can embrace the idea of a keyboard-less internet device, something to fill the gap between an iPhone and a computer. I know I've been waiting for something like this for quite a while, even before I made out my wishlist.
Between now and next Wednesday, besides wondering what happened to my private invitation to the event, I can start to think about how revolutionary the Tablet could become, along with the new iPhone OS 4.0 that is expected to be previewed. After looking at that loud graphic above, my only hope is that Apple isn't using the Yerba Buena Center to show off a new method of splattering paint on a wall so its white logo appears in the center.