Personal Electronics: Does any company get more attention when it speaks than Apple? On Wednesday, the company showed off its iPad media tablet. The Wi-Fi powered iPad is a 9.7-inch touch device that resembles (and works like) a super-sized iPod Touch. Several industry analysts expect the market to takeoff in 2010.

Apple says it's perfect for home and office use and will use Apple's existing services available for the smaller Apple media player and iPhone. A new e-book storefront, iBooks, also will be added to the iPad.

Three additional models of the media tablet will include 3G wireless radios for mobile data access over cellular operators. Special pre-paid pricing plans from AT&T Wireless will be available initially in U.S., with international carrier agreements anticipated by midyear.