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It looks like ‘people familiar with the matter’ are intent on spoiling CES.  Apple’s tablet rumors are coming fast and furious today with the Wall Street Journal reporting that Apple is working on two different finishes for the tablet.  The device will also ‘redefine the way consumers interact with a variety of content’ .

They also concur with other reports that the tablet will be announced later this month but won’t ship until at least March, will have a 10 to 11 inch screen and will cost upwards of $1000.

One of the people briefed on the matter added that Apple was working on two different material finishes for the tablet, though it was unclear whether the Cupertino, Calif., company was just testing them or planning to come out with multiple versions of the device at different prices.

They also (mistakenly?)quote analysts as saying that the tablet will be available with a subscription to a nationwide Wifi service?  Whether they meant Boingo, Mifi, WiMAX, 3G, some Apple/AT&T service or what isn’t certain.

Analysts currently believe an Apple tablet will be priced at about $1,000, possibly including a subscription to a nationwide Wi-Fi wireless service. The tablet is expected to be a multimedia device that will let people watch movies and television shows, play games, surf the Internet and read electronic books and newspapers. People briefed by Apple also say that the company believes it could redefine the way consumers interact with a variety of content. Textbooks and newspapers, for example, could be presented differently through color screens, a touch interface, and the integration of live up-to-the-minute information from multiple sources.

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