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Apple tablet unveiled today

The Apple tablet is going to be unveiled at 10 a.m. PST today, Wednesday, Jan. 27 (and, oh yeah, the State of the Union Address is tonight, too). Why, might you ask, am I so excited about the Apple tablet? Mainly because I really wanted an e-reader for Christmas and couldn’t decide which one (I wasn’t blown away by the Kindle or nook), and my husband gave me a coupon for “the e-reader of my choice,” which included the yet-to-be-announced Apple tablet. I don’t have an iPhone, and the Apple tablet is rumored to be a giant i-Phone that works as an e-reader but oh-so-much-more. The unveiling is rumored to be scheduled for 10 a.m. this morning (Apple hasn’t even confirmed that they’re unveiling the tablet, but MacGraw Hill said yesterday that it is). Rumored possible names are: iPad, iSlate, iGuide, and iTablet.

Starting at 10 a.m., in a separate post, I’ll be blogging live about what’s announced, so see that post for periodic updates. Meanwhile, founder of Endgadget @Jason is spilling the beans on what the tablet will feature. Here’s what he had to say earlier this morning, in reverse tweets:

Yes, it’s true… I’ve been beta testing the Apple tablet for the past two weeks and it’s amazing.

Note to press: No, not going to break my NDA w/ Apple/steve so u can get jump on announcement. It is the most *amazing* device ever.

The best part ofthe apple tablet as beta user has been the built in HDTV tuner and pvr, and the chess game.

Also, the apple tablet is really amazing for newspapers. Video conferencing is super stable, but nothing new.

The price will be 599, 699 and 799 depending on size and memory in apple tablet. Also, wireless keyboard + monitor connection for tv

Ok, I will take two questions about the new apple tablet which I have right here. Go ahead… My nda is basically over. 🙂

Yes @HappyDrew, the apple tablet is running an iphone os flavor with ability to have multiple apps running at same time (ie pandora, browser

Well @joshgrenon, I can tell u the battery life is great in ebook reading mode but not great when on wifi or playing games. 2-3hrs

Yes, there are 2cameras: one in front and one in back (or it may be one with some double lens) so you record yourself and in front of u.

Apple Tablet has thumbpads on each side for mouse guestures, reads fingerprint for security. Up to 5 profiles by finerprint for family.

Yes, apple tablet is oled + back has solar pad for recharging, but it really doesn’t work quickly. More a gimmic. Verizon+att,wifi yes!

Apple tablet’s 2 cameras is sick feature for video conferencing: u shoot what’s in front of you + yourself. Augmented video conferncing!

Ok, I’m going to bed (with apple tablet after reading nytimes+Vanity Fair on it!), steve jobs outdid himself, its greatest device ever!!!

Apple tablet games are sick. Basically nintendo wii-level innovation. Custom farmville app is insane. Mark pincus is demoing with steve tmmr

For background: apple asked me to do press tomorrow on cnbc, cnn, etc. As a pundit they gave me tablet 10 days ago. 3people dropped it off!

Sorry, @snappme can’t show device or say actual name.

apple tablet connects to other tablets over wifi for gaming. There will be LAN parties with these things, people playingFirst personshooters

Off to bed, but I assure you I’m not joking and the specs are real…. Most of all that this is best gadget ever made and NOT overhyped.

… also, Farmville for Apple tablet is a huge game changer. I know for a FACT Mark Pincus is onstage tomorrow with Jobs.

My questions for you: Would you consider buying an Apple tablet? If not, are you planning to get an e-reader eventually? What are you looking for in an e-reader?

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