NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) --

Apple's

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eagerly anticipated

Tablet

may make its debut in February 2010, according to the

Taiwan Economic News

Web site, which says that a number of Taiwanese firms are supplying components for the device.

DynaPack International Technology

will supply up to 300,000 long-life battery packs a month for the Tablets, and

Wanshih Electronic

will provide mini coaxial cables, according to the Web site. Taiwan-based

Mag Layers Scientific-Technics

and

Wintek

will provide power chokes and touch panels, respectively, it said.

Notable by its absence from Apple's recent

Keynote event

in San Francisco, the Tablet was one of the summer's most-discussed technologies. The blogosphere has been

rife

with rumors about

possible features

although Apple, true-to-form, is playing its cards close to its chest.

Apple has not yet responded to a request for comment on this article from

TheStreet

, although the Tablet is widely expected to appear sometime in the first half of 2010.

Taiwan Economic News

also says that the device will be priced between $799 and $999.

Despite

Steve Jobs'

recent

headline-grabbing

return to Apple, the company's San Francisco event was light on

new products

, shifting the spotlight back onto the

mysterious

Tablet.

Variously described as a giant iPhone, iPod Touch, or even an e-book reader, the device has a lot riding on it. The Tablet is expected to maintain Apple's reputation for cutting-edge yet aesthetically pleasing technology. However, the tablet-device space has already proved problematic for the likes of

Hewlett-Packard

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and

Toshiba

, so Apple will need to carefully position the device.

Shares of Apple, which competes with H-P,

Dell

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and

Microsoft

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in personal computers, rose $1.47, or 0.85%, to $175.19 Tuesday, outpacing the modest advance in tech stocks that saw the Nasdaq rise 0.51%.