The buzz over the forthcoming Apple tablet has been steadily building in recent weeks. Apple is definitely going to announce something new.
John Paczkowski of AllThingsD writes about Apple's upcoming media event in San Francisco on Wednesday 27 January. At this point, pretty much everyone in the tech press and blog world is certain that the announcement will be a tablet device. TUAW sums up the latest rumors and even has some in-depth speculation about issues facing developers as they migrate iPhone apps to the new tablet.
John Gruber of Daring Fireball has chimed in with his well developed thoughts as well (including a follow-up).
As an interesting aside, take a look at the leaked concept video for the Microsoft tablet device code-named Courier. While the concept interaction that's presented obviously draws heavily on the iPhone, it's still interesting and makes me hopeful that Apple's considerable design talents might produce a really compelling new machine.