Wired posts a last minute story that claims Apple's focus on Wednesday's event will be on "reinventing content, not tablets".

Apple’s goal is to offer a new platform for content creators to reinvent books, magazines and online content — in addition to offering a new avenue for content producers to make money. That platform will likely be far broader than just a tablet device, and will extend to every device or computer that iTunes touches.

Apple has been aggressively trying to sign on book publishers, and a report from the Wall Street Journal indicates that Apple taking Amazon head on in its negotiations with book publishers. Apple is reportedly looking to set hardcover best sellers at $12.99 and $14.99, above Amazon's current $9.99 pricing. Apple is looking to allow publishers to set their own prices for books, shifting some of the power back to the publishers.

{source: MacRumors, Wired, Wall Street Journal}

Finally today is here! The day Apple will unveil the long awaited Apple Tablet aka iSlate, iTablet, iPad or something else we haven't thought of. We will provide live updates as they happen.

Apple will kick off the event at:

  • 08:00AM - Hawaii
  • 10:00AM - Pacific
  • 11:00AM - Mountain
  • 12:00PM - Central
  • 01:00PM - Eastern
  • 06:00PM - London
  • 07:00PM - Paris
  • 09:00PM - Moscow
  • 03:00AM - Tokyo (January 28th)
  • 07:00PM - Germany

Engadget Reports the Patent Office has granted Apple some 13 patents, including #7,653,883 for a proximity-sensing multitouch screen. That's right, granted -- as in, Apple can file lawsuit if others infringe these ideas now. (Usually we just look at patent applications, which have no legal weight.) The proximity-sensing screen is obviously the most interesting of the bunch, since it's actually related to those same Apple multitouch patents we've been seeing forever -- it describes a touchscreen that can detect when an object (like a finger or a stylus) is close to the screen but not touching it, and then offer up context-dependent controls based on what it detects. Imagine seeing window controls when your hand gets close to the top of the window -- it solves the problem of your finger covering the display. Of course, we have no way of knowing whether it'll be in whatever device is announced tomorrow -- but it's certainly interesting. There's also a fun little design patent granted on the external design of the third-gen iPod nano, and then 11 other patents covering things like color management, bandwidth detection, and, uh, "Method and Apparatus for Selectively Switching IC Ports to Card Slots Through the use of Three Switches per Switch Group." Riveting, we know. Check the full breakdown at the read link.

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Very interesting news. The McGraw-Hill CEO was on CNBC earlier today to report their 4th quarter results and actually confirmed the Apple Tablet. He didn't name it by name but he did confirm it would be an e-Book platform and is based on the iPhone OS.

You can watch the video @ CNBC here: Video - CNBC.com

A possible interpretation of the Apple event invitation could mean more then we first thought. Stare it at long enough and you start to see the colors lining up with the brands of major carriers.

A new report also claims:

T-Mobile USA Inc. will get the phone this summer, followed by Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel Corp. in the fall, and Clearwire Corp. in 2011, Horan wrote in a note yesterday. AT&T Inc. has been the exclusive carrier since the iPhone debuted in June 2007.

{source: Macrumors.com}

Macrumors.com has just posted information of a tweet from Media Market, the largest German electronics retailer that might have leaked a little to much information about the new Apple Tablet.

The tweet read the new Apple iPad will go on sale March 1st at a price of 499 Euros with a contract from T-Mobile or 899 Euros with no contract.

This could mean a rough price between $500-$600 USD under contract and roughly $899 USD without.

Shortly after the tweet was posted it was removed. I do believe the price range is correct, however I still have strong doubts against the iPad name.

{source: http://www.macrumors.com/2010/01/26/apple-ipad-pricing-and-availability-600-1000-march-1st/}

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