Updated with information about Apple's upcoming event
NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- With speculation mounting that Apple (AAPL - Get Report) is about to launch a Tablet computer, investors and users are keen to know what features could appear on the eagerly anticipated device.
There had been some chatter that the Tablet could make its debut at the company's San Francisco event next week, although the iPod-themed invite recently sent out by Apple effectively dashed these hopes. It is now expected that the Tablet will appear at a much later date, possibly in early 2010, as suggested earlier this year by Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster.
Variously described as a giant iPhone, iPod Touch or even an e-book reader, the blogosphere is rife with Tablet talk, although at least one investor is underwhelmed by what he has heard."My opinion is that current 'leaks' are disappointing to say the least and I hope the true product is significantly better," wrote Daniel Hung, in an email to TheStreet. "A high-function e-book reader or a 'giant iPhone', as I've heard from some sources, wouldn't impress me and wouldn't seem to be in the Apple mold." Hung, who writes the Curious Investor blog, even argues that the Tablet's rumored 10-inch screen would be ill-suited to a small touch-screen keyboard. "How annoying would it be to pen out emails or write notes having to hunt and peck on this?," he wrote. "Whereas the thumbs provide full screen coverage on an iPhone, this input scheme would be unacceptably cumbersome on a tablet-only device." Hung adds that Tablets often use a keyboard for "real typing" or some form of handwriting recognition system. The investor, however, would like to see the Cupertino, Calif.-based firm really push the Tablet envelope. "My dream for all tablet devices has been for improved native handwriting recognition or maybe some sort of voice transcription," he said. Hung's other fantasy features include a fully-fledged PC capability, the ability to browse the Internet with plugins, and tight integration with home computers. "I really do hope that Apple realizes my dream tablet, as I have been waiting for something like this for a LONG time," he added.