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iHysteria: Rumors And Reports Hit Fever Pitch As Tablet Day Lurches Into Final Minutes

As if there were any doubt, McGraw-Hill's CEO confirmed the future of an Apple tablet on Tuesday, ahead of Apple's private unveiling this afternoon. "Yes, they'll make their announcement tomorrow on this one," Terry McGraw told CNBC. "We have worked with Apple for quite a while ... And the Tablet is going to be based on the iPhone operating system and so it will be transferable."

Working directly with McGraw and other publisher, Apple is "going to open up the higher education market, the professional market," McGraw added.

Perhaps beating McGraw to the punch, The Wall Street Journal's Digits blog is blaming new media entrepreneur Jason Calacanis for "spilling the beans" on all sorts of new tablet details, despite signing a non-disclosure agreement with Apple. Calacanis, who was apparently been given an Apple tablet "to play with" over a week ago, is saying it has a built-in HDTV tuner and PVR -- "amazing" for newspapers; two cameras -- one in front, one in back; "thumbpads" on each side for mouse gestures and fingerprint security for the family; and "sick" gaming functionality.

Engadget, meanwhile, believes it has some of the first images of a prototype of the Apple tablet. "It's big -- really big -- and it's running what clearly looks like an iPhone app, although we've never seen an iPhone app with that interface or at that resolution before." Adds Endgadget "We also see a WiFi icon and a cell service indicator, although tragically there's no carrier listed."

According to Patently Apple, the US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 13 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. on Wednesday.

"Without a doubt the granted patent that screams out this morning is one that relates to Apple's forthcoming Tablet," write the insidery blog. "The focus of the patent is on the tablet's proximity detection capabilities ... Other granted patent notables include a color management system and a crucial patent relating to Apple's iChat."

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