Apple won't take tablet to September iPod event, says mole
Bitter pill for fanboys to swallow?
Desperate for iTablet news, World+Dog is reporting that Apple will host a music-centric event on 9 September.
And... er... that's it.
Yes, all Apple has to do is issue an invite and bloggers' pants moisten with anticipation.
Actually, it has yet to issue the invite, but sources close to the company have told one Wall Street Journal blogger that the big day is 9 September. Others have already said a meeting will take place during the "week commencing 7 September".
Apple always hosts an event late in August or early in September, typically to announce a new iPod line-up. Souped-up camera-equipped iPod Touches are almost certainly on the agenda, and the rumour mill has been whirring busily to talk of a new version of iTunes that integrates Facebook and other such sites to allow teens to tell the world what they've just downloaded off BitTorrent (surely, 'listening to after an iTunes purchase'? - Ed).
Apple's 'Cocktail' album packaging technology must be a candidate too, but who apart from the record labels really cares about that? The days of passing round album sleeves to admire the Hipgnosis artwork are long since past. Sleeve notes even more so.
WSJ hack John Paczkowski's source says the event "will not involve any discussion whatsoever of the tablet Apple is reportedly developing".
We can imagine Steve Jobs, health permitting, whipping one out ahead of an early 2010 - ie. Macworld - unveiling, just as he did with the Apple TV a few years back. But the then iTV wasn't the subject of furious speculation the way the iTablet is, so it may choose to keep quiet and let the rumour mill spin on its behalf. ®
Oh whiteafrican, why do I bother...
Please . . . .(sigh)
You originally said "But the interweb's abuzz about 1 product from Apple that does not exist. They have not placed a single ad anywhere or spent a cent on a self-denied dream and stumps MS out of existence. You can't buy that kind of adver". Matt Bryant pointed out you were wrong. Your response makes almost no sense, grammar wise... but it makes snough sens that we can see you are wrong:
Google the following:
"iTablet" - 721,000 hits
"Apple Tablet" - 2,080,000 hits
and then compare:
"Windows 7" - 68,200,000 hits
"Win 7" - 7,220,000 hits
So there are about 75million hits for Windows 7, and about 3million for the Apple tablet. Apple's "free advertising" does not "stump MS out of existence" as you put it - on the contrary, many people (around 72 million hits' worth) seem to want to talk and care more about MS's next big unreleased product than about Apple's... and at least with MS you know for certain that it's a product that's actually real.
@ Matt Bryant - I hope it becomes a hobby like ATV.
It may just shut-up the noise. It's not just from the 'fanbois site', it's just everywhere: finance (especially), phones, sports, electronic, the evening news. Just when SJ made his return, it was a slug-feast and in MS favor so I had all the sites. Now, I just go to more mature (?), fence-riding, cover-all-bases sites like this (huh?). It's just everyone's riding coat-tails, going ga-ga,... and moles. It generates clicks & hits. Who needs an app for that? MS can't do that.
Still not convinced.
RE: Mike Moyle
Yes, if you have Mac only apps and the iTablet runs Leopard then it would seem like a good fit for you, though my answer would be maybe look at some Windows or Linux apps and try an existing tablet PC first. And as for the Kindle, I'm already hearing rumours of a colour version.
If it becomes a hobby then it won't exactly be mass-market. The iPhone was a success because it did a lot of things very well but was also a reasonable phone, the phone being the market segment it hooked into - I don't see the same market segment unless the iTablet is some kind of portable TV/DVD player. I'm not sure it can go into the games market seeing as items like the Nintendo DS and PSP have pretty much got that sewn up. Maybe Apple's aim is to make a jack-of-all-trades tablet. As for the free advertising Apple gets from the fanbois, there is the same for all Apple products whether they are successes or failures, but you may want to take a look at the number of Windows 7 articles on the Web. They seem to outnumber the iTablet articles, which suggests you may just be spending your time on the fanboi sites.
I am interested in something bigger than a touch, with a 7" widescreen perhaps 8 or 9 so I can type on it more effectively and a sim slot so I can use a mobile broadband service for light useage when I am not near a wireless network. I am not interested in making telephone calls with it. My new Nokia N95 is just fine thanks.