We have some more news (oops rumors) about the media event that Apple is planning in September.
Folks at All Things Digital are reporting that Apple has scheduled a media event for Wednesday, September 9th in San Francisco. They also claimed that according to their sources, there will be no mention of announcing the much-anticipated tablet computer.
Meanwhile, BusinessWeek cites analyst Richard Doherty, who claims that Apple has developed two prototype tablet computers and may launch them as early as September.
All Things Digital claim that the media event will take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts where
similar Apple events have been held in the past, and will be focused on
iPod and iTunes updates, which are in line with the rumor we had heard last week.
However, analyst, Richard Doherty has added an interesting twist to the story:
"There's no hotter topic [than tablets] in Asia right now," says
Richard Doherty, a director at market researcher Envisioneering Group,
who says Apple has developed prototypes of two different tablet
machines — one that resembles a large-sized iPod and boasts a 6-inch
screen, and another that features a larger display. Apple may launch
one or both devices as early as September, Doherty says. A decision on
whether and when Apple takes the tablet plunge lies with Apple CEO
Steve Jobs, Doherty says.
He also claims that Apple's tablet computer could be priced as low as $679 for large-sized iPod for media and gaming; while the larger tablet might even run a full Mac OS X.
One of Apple's prototype devices is able to run all Mac applications,
and allows for video and audio editing and graphic animation, Doherty
says. Another, which looks like a larger iPod, lends itself to watching
videos, playing games, and reading e-books.
Apple has traditionally launched new versions of iPod at their media event in September. Folks like John Gruber of Daring Fireball who has a good track record with Apple predictions is certain that Apple will not announce their much-anticipated tablet this year and expects them in early 2010.
There are speculations that Steve Jobs will make his first appearance after his medical leave of absence at the media event.
We can't wait for the media event. How about you folks?