Ah, Apple iTablet, you are like a mirage in the desert. Just as we think you're almost within our grasp, you slip off into the distance again.
That at least is the case if you believe a recent post from The Loop which reports that "very reliable sources" have told them the iTable is a 2010 product. On the other hand, Apple enthusiasts can take solace in the fact that these reliable sources didn't deny the existence of the device.
The as-yet-unannounced September event seems to be real; All Things Digital speculates that it will revolve around music, as seems par for the course for early Fall Apple events. So what will Apple show? Daring Fireball mentions camera-equipped iPod Touch models in 16, 32 & 64 GB sizes, though the mention is rather off-the-cuff.
But back to our quarry, the iTablet, more mysterious and elusive than Bigfoot or the Mongolian Death Worm. Ars Technica has gathered much evidence to support claims that the device exists. Apple shot an advertisement in Truckee, Nevada for some un-named new device. Jason Calacanis talked to a guy who works with Apple that says the iTable will run a modified version of the iPhone OS. Gizmodo talked to a different guy who says he was in an Apple meeting about the iTablet. It must exist!
Actually, the Gizmodo post is pretty interesting. One neat factoid: the iTablet can act as a secondary display for your Mac. Plus Gizmodo always delivers great fake-pictures of rumored devices.
Kidding aside, mounting evidence certainly suggests the iTablet is a real product, and I'm a tad disappointed that we now (apparently) have to wait another 6 months or so to get any info out of Apple. What about you? Are you excited about the device, or have we bloggers hyped it to the point where you've lost interest?