The official word is finally out. In an invitation sent to select media outlets, Apple has revealed that its "latest creation" would be unveiled at the Yerba Buena Center for Arts at 10 AM on January 27. While the launch of the Apple Tablet looks certain, it is still not clear if Apple would also use the stage to unveil a few other things.
According to a report on Fox News, Apple is also expected to demo iPhone OS 4.0 and a new version of iLife 2010 software. While rumors about iPhone OS 4.0 has been doing the rounds lately, this is the first time that we are hearing about the launch of iLife as well.
As the D-Day draws closer, we have also been hearing about a few partnerships that Apple is possibly working on. The Wall Street Journal writes that HarperCollins Publishers could be working with Apple to bring their e-books to the Tablet. Though it is not clear if there would be a dedicated ebook platform to sell their ebooks or if HarperCollins would sell their content via iTunes, the Apple Tablet appears to fit their scheme of things better than other rivals including Amazon Kindle would. According to Brian Murray, the CEO of HarperCollins, the company is looking to launch ebooks enhanced with videos, author interviews and social networking applications. As WSJ reports, enhanced ebooks, which can fetch a better market price would only work on a platform like Tablet and not Kindle.
This is not all. It is also reported that The New York Times shall be announcing a partnership with Apple to offer their newspaper content on the Tablet. The NY Times has been rumored to be moving to a paid model for the distribution of digital content and well knowing the relationship that the company has had with Apple over the years, an agreement of this kind appears likely.Though details regarding this are sketchy at the moment, this is another company Apple could possibly be working with.
The Apple Tablet is expected to be a multi-purpose device and it is possible that Apple is banking on such exclusive partnerships to bring added value to their customers. What do you think? Will these partnerships work? Please tell us in the comments.