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Will Macworld 2008 mark launch of Apple's first Solid State Tablet?

The iPhone did something to Apple that few have mentioned. It gave legitimacy to touch screen interfaces again after Microsoft's UMPC and Tablet PC went down wrong with users and reviewers.

Now the blogosphere is buzzing with rumours that Apple is ready to take the iPhone to the next level, giving it a bigger brother.

An announcement over the launch of a major new product is expected tomorrow, Tuesday 15th, during a Keynote Speech by Apple's CEO, Steve Jobs, from 5pm GMT.

An Apple banner snapped in San Francisco Moscone Center (opens in new tab) featuring the tagline "There's something in the air" had some bloggers wondering whether the laptop would be called Apple Macbook (opens in new tab) Air or AirMac - which is already a registered trademark (opens in new tab).

There's also heavy speculation over whether Apple would be releasing the yet-to-be-announced laptop with built-in WiMax, Wireless USB or even induction charge which would it the first truly wire free laptop.

Laptops have powered (opens in new tab) the resurgence of the Apple brand with the Mac Book Pro and the Mac Book doing exceptionally well with more than 1.3 million units sold in the fourth fiscal year ending September 2007.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.