Apple Tablet Announcement as Early as January?
FT also makes some unsourced claims that the Apple Tablet may be launching imminently. According to the publication "Apple is preparing an announcement next month that many anticipate will be the official unveiling of its tablet." The magazine may be referencing an iLounge report from September who claimed the Apple Tablet would be announced "on or before January 19, 2010" for release in May or June. Wall Street analysts believe mass production of the tablet could begin as early as February.
Since they are not planning on participating in Macworld or CES, an Apple announcement would likely come in the form of a standalone media event -- if these plans are indeed true. According to the original iLounge article, Apple was planning on leveraging the hype between announcement and launch much like the original iPhone release.