Rumors have circulated for weeks about the latest Apple creation – the iTab, as it is being informally called. The new tablet device is scheduled to debut next week and Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs is betting he can reshape businesses like textbooks, newspapers and television much the way his iPod revamped the music industry all the while expanding Apple’s influence and revenue as a content middleman.In developing the device, Apple focused on the role the gadget could play in homes and in classrooms, say people familiar with the situation. The company envisions that the tablet can be shared by multiple family members to read news and check email in homes.At a price point rumored to be between $500 and $800 the tablet specs are as such: * Screen size: 9.7 inches * Chipset: Intel dual core or Samsung ARM11 * OS: App-store-compatible version of OS X * Release date: OctoberBut the question remains, with several netbooks already on the market (including the popular Sony Vaio and the Verizon Dell) how important is this new Apple entry? Do you see a practical application for it in your life? Does the idea of a new Apple device that combines laptop capability with iPhone sleakness excite you?GO!