Only three more days until the highly anticipated announcement. Get a taste of what’s to come with what just might be the best tech review ever…

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It’s official! Apple has scheduled a press event for January 27 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco where it is widely expected that they will announce the upcoming release of a much anticipated portable tablet device. There has been considerable speculation about the device, with the Wall Street Journal reporting that the device will likely be a wifi-enabled 10-11 inch touch-screen tablet geared towards music, movies, photos & e-books. A more recent report, however, indicated the possibility of of a 22-inch touch-screen all-in-one device. Apple’s purchase of the domain islate.com has led to speculation that the device may be named iSlate or iTablet, although at this point, such rumors are purely speculation.

Analysts & fans alike have high hopes for the device, with rumors swirling that Jobs himself may have been in charge of product development. Jobs has long been known to have held a desire to bring Apple’s design sensibilities to the mobile market, going as far back as Apple’s early – & ill-fated – experiment with the Apple Newton.

This time, however, it looks like all of the necessary pieces could be in place for yet another coup by Apple in the world of consumer electronics. While many companies have been rushing tablet devices out to market in an attempt to grab an early lead, few can lay claim to a highly developed & widely adopted mobile ecosystem such as that possessed by Apple. With thousands of mobile applications, billions of downloads from iTunes, & the seamless integration of iTunes for media management, Apple is well placed to launch a device to dominate the market for tablet computing. Add to this the critical & consumer success of recent products like the iPod & iPhone, & the speculative hype behind the announcement of a virtually unknown product becomes a little easier to understand.

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