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Introducing the new iSlate? iGuide? iScreen? iPad?

Brace yourself this 2010, for another outstanding innovation from Apple – the company that has remained true to its witty slogans: Beauty outside, Beast inside; 1,000 songs in your pocket; and 25,000 apps and counting.

The Tablet PC is hardly new in the market, but somehow has not taken off in a huge way since its comeback in 2002. However, users can surely count on Apple to revolutionise the way we look at this digital device.

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Artist rendering of the Apple Tablet

Apple analyst, Gene Munster predicts the arrival of the Apple Tablet sometime in the first half of 2010.

According to The Business Insider, selected Apple developers have been pre-empted on the likelihood of a product demo next month. The Financial Times has also reported speculation that Apple will be hosting a major event in January to launch the new Apple Tablet.

We can expect nothing less from Steve Jobs than to pull another theatrical presentation leaving the audience yet again in awe.

Up until now, Apple is still denying the existence of such a device but judging from the massive hype surrounding this subject, the odds of it materialising is pretty high.

So, how do observers expect Apple to turn this plain Jane of a device into an irresistibly sexy foxtress?

How big is it?
Smaller than a Macbook but bigger than an iPhone. There have been many speculations on the size, but generally, it is expected to be between 7 to 10 inches in screen size.

How much will it cost?
USD700 to USD900 (RM2,400 – RM3,100) according to Apple industry insiders

What are the features?
Cool Aesthetics:   Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating, Widescreen multi-touch display
Wireless Connectivity:   3G, HSDPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 4G LTE
Navigational Tools:   Assisted GPS (aGPS), Digital Compass
Multimedia Lover’s Haven:   Able to read e-books (hold off on that Amazon Kindle purchase just yet!), browse the web, listen to music, watch movies, write notes, work on spreadsheets.
Small but Powerful:   Able to handle complex 3D rendering, HD videos and support much more sophisticated games compared to the iPhone.

How will it look like? Your guess is as good as mine, but here are some possibilities…

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At last, a device that looks cooler than an iPhone and packs the punch of a Macbook. I don’t know about you but I am bursting with excitement and anticipation for this new baby!

Can you picture all those yuppies showing off their Apple iSlate in Starbucks and Coffee Bean?