We’ve got this from three independent sources close to Apple: expect a large screen iPod touch device to be released in the Fall of ‘09, with a 7 or 9 inch screen. Prototypes have been seen and handled by one of our sources, and Apple is talking to OEMs in Asia now about mass production.
Of course, we all know the story about the iPhone originating as a tablet device code-named Safari Pad, as well as Steve Jobs' statement that he's just as proud of the devices Apple hasn't released as the ones they have.
So, while we have no doubt that Apple already has working iTablets deep beneath the vaults of Cupertino, given the shape of the tablet market, which outside Bill Gates has yet to take off, who knows if they'll ever surface as a production device?
Uptake on the iPhone/App Store platform and popularity of the "netbook" class ultra-mini laptops may make some feel it's more likely now than ever, but with Apple you only ever really know for sure when Steve Jobs (er... or Phil Schiller) hold it up on stage.
Still, the graphic designer would love one of these babies. How about you?