And so in answer to my central question, regarding why buy The Tablet if you already have an iPhone and a MacBook, my best guess is that ultimately, The Tablet is something you’ll buy instead of a MacBook.

[Source: Daring Fireball] John Gruber, known for squishing unrealistic Apple rumors now admits that the ‘cone of silence’ surrounding an impending Apple product release is now complete and Apple might in fact be releasing the Tablet (or iSlate) soon. Fox News has already confirmed an Apple event on January 26th in San Francisco. The above-quoted reason is the primary reason we would be buying an Apple tablet if it hits the market soon. Ash’s 4-year-old Thinkpad has been creaking for a while now and is expected to die any day and although the price for a Macbook stands at $899 (with educ discount), we rather wait for a tablet-like device given her usage. Admittedly, the e-reader aspect is also high on our wish list hence we’ve resisted the Kindle so far. But given the tendency of Apple to shaft early product adopters and obvious cases of bugs, it would be prudent to wait for at least a month before the craziness of lines outside Apple stores ebbs. But will the Thinkpad read this post and die on us sooner? Gadgets in our home are known to thrown a wrench in our replacement plans