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Fact or fiction? Apple mum on tablet rumors

December 31, 2009 |  8:45 am

Apple isn't commenting on a growing chorus of rumors that it is about to unveil a tablet-style computer.

But that has not stopped the community of zealous Apple watchers from digging through patent applications, sharing countless images of what the device might look like, and sniffing down every last scrap of fourth-hand information, David Sarno writes. They've even assembled a list of possible names, variously dubbing it the iSlate, iGuide, iScreen and iPad. There's even renderings like the one above of what the tablet might look like.

Here's one tidbit: Last week, the Financial Times reported that Apple has rented space in a San Francisco convention center in late January, ostensibly to showcase a new product.

Photo: An artist¹s rendering of what Apple¹s rumored tablet computer could look like. The device is widely expected to be able to play movies and music, as well as enabling users to read books onscreen.

Credit: Isamu Sanada