San Francisco: The technology rumour mill is busy grinding speculation regarding an Apple event on Wednesday at which the culture-changing firm will unveil its "latest creation."
Expectation that the maker of iPhones and iPods is set to wow the world with a tablet computer is so rampant that the California company`s stock could suffer if it fails to deliver.
"This proposed Apple tablet will take the App Store and iPhone operating system and deliver it in a larger form factor instead of starting from scratch," said Canada-based independent technology analyst Carmi Levy.
"Apple can take years worth of iPhone momentum and drive it right into what is essentially an iPhone on steroids," he continued.
Apple`s tablet is believed to be a notepad-shaped device with a 10-inch colour screen that lets people browse the Web, listen to music, watch movies or television shows and also read electronic books and newspapers.
A tablet would be Apple`s first major product release since it came out with its winning iPhone three years ago. Online retail powerhouse Amazon.com beefed up its market-leading Kindle electronic reader devices just days ago in apparent preparation for an Apple onslaught.
First Published: Sunday, January 24, 2010, 09:38