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Munster thinks the device (which is rumored but not confirmed) will run current iPhone/iPod apps, as well as a new breed of full screen apps, on an advanced version of the iPhone OS.
"While there are several options ranging from a touch screen Mac OS X to an iPhone-like OS, we expect the tablet to be driven by a new version of Apple's iPhone OS that runs a new category of larger apps alongside all the current apps from the App Store," he said. "We believe Apple's tablet would compete well in the netbook category even though it would not be a netback."
Apple's stock has already spiked on rumors that the iPad/iTablet will be announced at a special Apple event on Jan. 26. Yair Reiner of Oppenheimer said in a note to investors that Apple could have a tablet out on the streets by the beginning of April. Brian Marshall, an analyst at Broadpoint AmTech, sees the product reaching shelves by the end of the first quarter. Both think the rumored device will push Apple's stock up even more.
However, TheStreet reports that analyst Marek Fuchs is urgingApple traders "not to chase Apple on the successful launch of the tablet until its existence is at least confirmed."