Waiting for Apple to share its secrets

The world is anxiously waiting for Steve Jobs to reveal one of the worst kept secrets in consumer electronics. Apple Inc. will host a special invite-only unveiling on Wednesday and most soothsayers expect Jobs to show off a new tablet computer and perhaps the latest iPhone model.

If Apple does unleash said gadgets, the odds are it will push rivals yet again to catch up. From a macro-perspective, Apple does not try to be the absolute first with features and gadgetry. They just try to do it better.

Some expect Apple’s tablet to redefine this class of devices. The anticipated tablet has been described by purported insides as comparable to an e-reader in form but with far more functions and access to apps than found in devices on the market.

After the curtain rises, it will be time to examine the ripples spreading through the market.