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Will no one bring us the Apple tablet?

December 25, 2009 |  7:00 am

In the 1956 movie "The Ten Commandments," Charlton Heston brought the tablet with the Ten Commandments down from Mount Sinai. And it feels like we've been waiting for half a century -- oh heck, a couple of millennia -- for Apple to announce its tablet. It's long been rumored that Apple has a tablet-sized e-reader in the works, but so far, it's failed to materialize.

This week, rumors of an Apple tablet lit up the Internet -- again. The Financial Times reported that Apple has again rented out a large space in San Francisco in January; the company last used it when CEO Steve Jobs showed off a new-and-improved iPod. Tech insider blog Boy Genius Report says a "very connected" source tells them a 7-inch tablet is on the way. A columnist at the New York Times  writes that an Apple employee told a colleague this tantalizing tidbit: "Steve is extremely happy with the new tablet." Most importantly, Business Insider has been told that select app makers have been encouraged to ready full-screen versions of their software.

Wired puts it all together, saying that signs are pointing to an Apple tablet demonstration in January.

But scratch the surface, and -- who knows. Wired wasn't able to scare up any developers who would confirm the full screen rumor. iLounge, which has had good iPod intel, reported in September that Apple had tried the tablet at 7 inches and decides to go instead with a larger, 10.7" version. That New York Times reporter talked to a colleague who talked to an anonymous source.

Apple might be renting a large space to announce its e-book reader tablet device. Or maybe it'll be for a singalong for all of us who have woken up on another Christmas morning from dreams of Applet tablets and iPads dancing in our heads.

Wait until next year, kids. Until then, enjoy your holiday with your Kindle, Sony eReader, rare and hard-to-acquire Nook or a plain old book.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Paramount Pictures