Apple has invited journalists to a special event in San Francisco later this month, where it is widely expected to unveil the iTablet
Apple sent out the email invite today to select media and analysts, inviting them to "come see our latest creation".
The invite, which shows the Apple logo superimposed over a series of graffiti-style paint splatters, gives few clues as to what Apple will announce at the event. However, rumours and speculation have swirled for months that Apple is about to unveil a tablet-style computer.
The event, which will be held at the Yerba Buena Centre for the Arts in San Francisco, starts at 10am on January 27.
Apple's chief executive, Steve Jobs, is expected to take the stage to make the announcement in what will be his highest profile appearance since returning to work after a liver transplant last summer.
The so-called iTablet is expected to feature a 10in screen, with all the same features and functionality as Apple's iPhone and iPod touch. Several websites have quoted sources close to the project as saying that the iTablet will also be used as a home entertainment hub for gaming, watching movies and listening to music.
Apple's last major announcement came in September, when it refreshed its iPod range of music and media players.
The company has so far refused to comment on rumours that it is working on a tablet computer, but many industry experts believe it is a logical move for the technology company.
The growing popularity of ebook readers, such as the Sony Reader and Amazon Kindle, has created a new market that Apple may be willing to explore, while dozens of consumer electronics manufacturers showed off tablet-style computers and eInk-based devices at CES in Las Vegas earlier this month.