Backlash from Apple Tablet Hype?

The hype is reaching a frenzy now concerning the marvel device that apparently will even cook Christmas dinner.  The rumors are now focusing on the 75% possibility of an Apple Event in January and a 50% probability that it will be to announce the Apple Tablet.

So here’s my question:

What if they don’t?

Would Apple face a backlash from their loyal fanbase, frustrated that they have held off purchasing other devices (like the Amazon Kindle 2) waiting for Steve Jobs to hand them their “holy tablet?”

Or (and I believe this to be far more likely) will it simply fuel the hype even further leading the faithful believers to defend Apple while simultaneously ramping up their “expected features” list?