Rumor Has It: Apple Tablet Launching First, Shipping Later

With a new day comes new tablet rumors, the latest being a new date for the Apple Event, January 27. There’s also a new time frame for shipping the tablet, March, maybe some new specs, and, hey, why not an SDK for iPhone OS 4.0, too.

While previous rumors put the Apple Event on the Tuesday of the last full week in January, Digital Daily cites “sources in a position to know” calling for a day-later launch of Wednesday. The event will take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. That’s an oft-used locale for many Apple Events, including the launch of the Apple TV in 2006. Like the Apple TV, which shipped several months later, the Apple tablet is not expected to be available for purchase until March. However, according to the Wall Street Journal, that’s a rough time frame, as the “ship date hasn’t been finalized and could still change.” Read More about Rumor Has It: Apple Tablet Launching First, Shipping Later

Steve Jobs Talks Touch, Nano, and Maybe Tablet

steve-jobs-returnsSteve Jobs return as the face of Apple (s aapl) yesterday was immediately followed by an interview with Tech Guru David Pogue of the New York Times. A lot of the conversation focused on cameras, like why the iPod nano got one and the iPod touch did not.

It turns out Apple had no idea how to market the iPod touch — imagine that! Vacillating between concepts such as an “iPhone without the phone” and a pocket computer that actually fits in a pocket, touch users had to help the company that is arguably the most adept at advertising in the world figure out what to do. “What happened was, what customers told us was, they started to see it as a game machine,” Jobs said. From there, a multiplicity of game screenshots drove advertising and “it just took off.” Read More about Steve Jobs Talks Touch, Nano, and Maybe Tablet

Today’s Game Parade

ipod_touch_gamesNow that the iPod touch is a tried and true gaming platform, not an Apple (s aapl) event goes by that we don’t see a smattering of developers paraded up on stage to show off their shiny baubles. Today was no exception, with reps from Ubisoft, Tapulous, Gameloft and EA (s erts) all making a brief appearance.

Each studio showed off one of its new titles. While not particularly enthralling when you’re watching mostly for the thrilling possibility of revolutionary software/hardware announcements by Apple itself, considered after the fact, there were some impressive showings from third party guests at today’s presentation. Read More about Today’s Game Parade

Rumored iPod touch With Camera Delayed

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Conventional rumor wisdom strongly suggested a new iPod touch with a camera would be unveiled at the Apple Event tomorrow, but multiple sources are now suggesting unspecified issues with the camera may at least delay availability.

AppleInsider is citing “a person with a strong track record in predicting Apple’s upcoming product launches,” who says Apple (s aapl) has “experienced technical problems (bad parts) with the cameras modules.” This source is now uncertain as to whether the new iPod touch expected tomorrow will be on sale in September.
Hardmac.com seconds that innuendo with its own “reliable source.” That source also suggests production issues associated with the new camera. While there are no specific details, “the problem has been spotted in the first dozen of thousands units produced. Those units have been put aside.” Read More about Rumored iPod touch With Camera Delayed

Prediction: The Next Apple Events

The question isn’t whether there will be another Apple (s aapl) event in 2009. The release of Snow Leopard and the introduction of new iPods guarantees that. The real question is whether there will be two events.

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Not surprisingly, predicting what will happen with Apple has a lot to do with what has already happened. A good way to visualize Apple events and product updates is to imagine us all living on planet iEarth revolving around the sun that is Apple — really more like a collapsed star, so little information about new products escapes Cupertino, but still a solar mass. Apple events and Mac updates occur with (mostly) seasonal regularity. What follows this year follows from previous years, and that makes the remainder of 2009 very interesting indeed.
Until Apple effectively ended Macworld Conference & Expo in 2009, it always took place in January. The World Wide Developers Conference has taken place in June for six out of the last seven years, the last three of which featured new iPhones. Since 2005, Apple has held a music event every September to introduce new iPods. The last two years have seen an iPhone OS event in March. Updates to Macs most often occur in spring and fall, often March and October, and this is where stating the obvious becomes more interesting. Read More about Prediction: The Next Apple Events