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Apple officially announces January 27 event

After weeks of buzz and speculation, the company formally announces invitation-only event with the invite's teasing message: "Come see our latest creation."

Apple has formally announced a special event for Wednesday, January 27, in San Francisco to reveal to the public its "latest creation."

Part of the invite for the January 27 Apple event, as sent to CNET Blog Network's Jim Dalrymple. Apple

Whether the company will open the curtains on a tablet, slate, big iPod Touch, or a bit of all three, invited guests will find out for sure at the 10 a.m. event to be held at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater.

With the invite teasing people to "Come see our latest creation," no one knows for sure exactly what Apple has up its sleeve. But the rumor mill has been busy speculating on some type of tablet device that would let people surf the Net, watch movies, read e-books, and probably perform other tricks conjured up by the mind of Steve Jobs.

Sources have reportedly told The Wall Street Journal that the device would be a 10- or 11-inch touch-screen tablet offering wireless access and sporting a price tag of $1,000. The rumored device of the day, however, is a reported 22-inch tablet PC.

Further details are of course sketchy now, and we probably won't know much more until January 27 arrives. But we'll keep you updated with any further information as it comes in.