Today's "Come see our latest creation event" almost assuredly sees Apple reveal their long in development, long anticipated iTablet/iSlate/iPad, and along with finding out the name so I never have to type that again, we should finally put to rest all the rumors, leaks, and fakes -- for this first version at least!

So while we all wait in anticipation, here's a final roundup to help pass the time:

  • Engadget has pictures (see top of post) of what may be a prototype iTablet bolted to a desk (like the key to the Fortress of Solitude, only Super Steve Jobs is strong enough to lift it!).
  • Fray publisher Derek Powazek has an excellent post up outlining how he hopes Apple releases a device that makes consuming premium media fun enough that people will buy formerly print content from iTunes and the industry can finally monetize their work in the digital age.
  • Former Apple employee and current Palm developer relations man-about-web, Chuq Von Rospach follows up, saying that if Apple truly nails the "content consumption" device, makes it easy to get and enjoy media, they'll cannibalize some laptop sales but will sell "zillions" of iTablets.
  • Wired goes so far as to say Apple isn't going to re-invent the up-until-now failed tablet form factor but is going to re-invent content. Using an HTML5 (WebKit) platform like iTunes LP and iTunes Extras, it's going to be as much about letting artists create for the iTablet as it is letting users consume on it.
  • The Wall Street Journal [Google search link] says Apple is still negotiating last-minute deals, trying to frame a 70/30 split with book publishers the way they do with music and apps. This would lead to higher prices, $12.99 and $14.99 for current hard-cover best-sellers, but would mean Apple wouldn't lose $4.50 per book the way Amazon is willing to on the Kindle to push device sales.
  • Patently Apple reveals that Apple has just won iChat and "major" iTablet proximity detection patents, and a bunch of others.
  • Director of photography Rodney Charters says that the iTablet will get some screen time on the TV show 24, in episode 20 or more likely 22. Hey, why not have it save Jack and the World in the season finale?

We've crossed the rubicon here TiPb-verse, and are way through the looking glass and down the rabbit hole. Steve Jobs is coming in just over 4 hours, and we can't wait to see what's coming with him!