The buzz has intensified over Apple's long-awaited, multi-functional tablet, which could raise the stakes in the e-reader category, and challenge brands such as Amazon's Kindle and Barnes & Noble's nook.
According to news reports, the device -- which might or might not be called iSlate -- could be unveiled as early as this month, and shipped in March. No one has the specs, but reports portray the device as larger than the other e-readers, and more expensive. Then again, the iWhatever will likely do much more than the first generation of e-readers -- think, music and videos. And it will likely have Apple's signature coolness, which consumers seem happy to pay Steve Jobs for.
As if that weren't enough to make Apple-ites hyperventilate, Baltimore Sun tech blogger Gus Sentementes notes that the device could have some form of 3-D graphics. That would certainly add some punch to graphic novels! (By coincidence, the Apple speculation comes as ESPN has announced a new 3D network that will broadcast 85 games in its first year.) With 3D televisions coming on the market this year, and the popularity of movies such as "Avatar," it's just a matter of time before e-readers give us similar versions of Elizabeth Bennet.