Nothing like a good Apple rumor to set the Web ablaze.
For weeks, tech bloggers have been bandying about news of an "iTablet" – a touch-screen computer which would likely be priced under $800, and debut in time for the back-to-school rush. Think an oversized iPod Touch, or a consumer-ready version of that cool computer from "Minority Report." The tablet, analysts have argued, would allow Apple to go head-to-head with a company such as Asus, which manufacturers a line of wildly popular netbooks.
"For Apple, this could be its answer to the netbook craze – 20 million of those scaled-down PCs will be shipped to retailers this year, doubling last year's output," CNET's Erica Ogg wrote in June. "Apple has been fairly clear in its distaste for [netbooks].... But there is clearly a market, particularly given the current state of the economy, for a device in that middle range between a smartphone and a laptop."