The fever pitch surrounding Apple's soon-to-be-released tablet computer has become so shrill, there's already a backlash underway. And because the company remains so tight-lipped, gadget nuts have only the scattered morsels of rumors to rely on.

Therefore, on the last day before rumors can swirl before being confirmed or dashed, the Atlantic Wire gives you a compendium of the latest gossip on Steve Jobs's newest brainchild.

  • Its Capabilities Brad Stone and Stephanie Clifford at The New York Times were tipped off by someone who "has seen the device and is familiar with Apple's marketing plan for it":
It will run all the applications of the iPhone and iPod Touch, have a persistent wireless connection over 3G cellphone networks and Wi-Fi, and will be built with a 10-inch color display, allowing newspapers, magazines and book publishers to deliver their products with an eye to the design that had grabbed readers in print.
  • Its Advertisement Cody Barbierri at Venture Beat thinks he unearthed an advertisement (though the production value looks beneath Apple's):
  • Its Name Mike Harvey at the Times of London writes: "Last week iSlate was out in front but the hot new favourite is 'iPad.'"
  • Its Price Most believe the tablet will cost between $600 to $1,000. Earlier, the tech blog Macrumors placed the price at $500-$600 based on a tweet from a German electronics retailer supposedly partnered with Apple. However, the account the tweet came from was later deemed a fake.
  • Its Gaming Software Nigel Kendall at the Times of London predicts that the tablet will play China Wars by video game developer Rockstar.
  • Its Partnerships The New York Times reports that at least three publishers (Hearst, Condé Nast and Time) have already designed mockups for the forthcoming tablet and more publishing companies are likely to sign on. Meanwhile The L.A. Times reports that the Old Grey Lady herself is getting in bed with Apple and will exploit the tablet's video capabilities.