Seattle Speculation intensified Monday that Apple Inc. will soon unveil a tablet-style gadget for consuming music, movies, books and other media.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple is planning to take the wraps off such a device this month and begin shipping it in March.
That jibes with several online reports that the company has scheduled an event for Jan. 26 or 27 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, one of Apple’s customary spaces for product launches.
The gadget, which online pundits have at different times christened the iTablet and the iSlate, is to have a 10-inch to 11-inch touch screen, a bit smaller than those on Apple’s MacBook laptops, said the Journal, citing unnamed people briefed on the matter.
Apple spokesman Steve Dowling said the company does not comment on rumors and speculation.