apple press event details/iPhone rumors
September 5, 2006
An official invitation was sent out to several media agencies today for the Apple media event next Tuesday, September 12th, now revealed to be held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco. The invite features the cryptic declaration “It’s Showtime”, a possible reference to the anticipated iTunes movie store announcement. Meanwhile, AppleInsider claims that the event will see the release of a “video-enabled version” of the AirPort Express that should also function as a 802.11n router and printer hub. Assuming everything goes down as it is “supposed” to, we’ll also see updated iMacs, possible MacBook Pro updates, and new iPods on Tuesday as well.
The site also reports on an American Technology Research analyst’s unsourced statements saying that the long-rumored iPhone “has moved from concept to prototype and recently has progressed to near completion as a production unit,” with CEO Steve Jobs finally pleased with the overall result of “12 months” in developement time. The firm claims that the product will feature an “iPod nano-like candy bar form factor and come in three colors” but notes that FCC approval will be required before the iPhone comes to market; to date, there have been no FCC filings suggestive of an impending release, so the device, if it exists at all–and it may not–probably isn’t coming anytime soon.
It should be clear by now that the rumor mill is in an absolute tizzy right now, evidenced by the near-meltdown Mac fans had when the US Apple Store went down for an hour or so early this morning. In all fairness, it is a Tuesday, the traditional time for updates. That’s all for now, but tomorrow is a new day then, isn’t it?
–D. S. W.