Apple's charismatic CEO, Steve Jobs, confirmed yesterday during its first quarter results conference call that there will be a new, major product that the company is "really excited about".
This comes a couple of days after Techcrunch.com reported that multiple well-placed, independent sources at Apple told them that Steve Jobs said of the Apple iPad Tablet that it will be the most important thing that he'd ever done.
A product more important than the iPhone and all the successful, multi million selling devices that were released before it over the last decade.
What's even weirder is that Steve Jobs did not have any convincing reason to say anything about the tablet, given that the statement came on the day that Apple announced its best ever quarter.
And Techcrunch to conclude that the tablet that Apple will be launching on Wednesday must be quite exceptional to get the likes of Apple's COO, Tim Cook, and its CFO, Peter Oppenheimer, to chuckle with excitement, especially given Apple's very high standards.
Now although we're chuffed to bits by the announcement of the products, we're quite disappointed that Apple has decided to make it a US-centric event as there are no press events that will take place outside the US.
No live webcast or UK streaming. We, like the rest of the world, will be feverishly watching every word that Twitter and other US news feeds, will be spewing at us.
Apple has just to confirm that it will be a tablet now. We all know that there will be an event now and that there will be a major, massive announcement. Apart from the tablet, we expect Apple to announce a number of partnerships with a slew of publishing and media giants.