Following a Financial Times report that Apple has scheduled a special media event for January 26th in San Francisco, I've spoken to a source inside Apple who confirmed a "big" event for January.
While nothing official has been handed down from the notoriously tight-lipped company, my source took the Financial Times report one step further by saying this event will focus on the mobility space, meaning we'll see something related to the iPhone/Touch product line.
Could this be the announcement of they mytical Apple tablet we've been hearing so much about? I've already picked it as my favorite gadget of 2009, even though the tablet doesn't officially exist yet.
In 2010, I'm looking forward to the thing, however. It'll be the gadget that finally gets me to sit on the couch and surf the Web. It'll be the gadget that finally gets me to read e-books, thanks to its revolutionary e-ink/LCD/OLED/Smuckers Grape Jelly technology. I plan to be simply blown away by the device.
Joking aside, rumors have been swirling, flying and hovering, the latest indicating that Apple has asked a number of iPhone application developers to revise their programs for a larger screen device by sometime next month.
The upcoming event will reportedly be held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts — the site of the company's iPod-centric music events held every year in the fall.
It seems Apple doesn't need a Macworld event to make its announcements after all!
COMMENTARY: Steve Jobs is the face of Apple, and he is a master at building marketing buzz, creating anticipation and raising Apple evangelist expectations to a fever pitch.
Whenever a new Apple product comes out, Steve personally announces it, and makes a huge production out of it, as thousands gather before him, applauding his every word. I would find it unimaginable that Steve Jobs would not break the Apple tablet announcement without a lot of fanfare. Product releases are always announced by Steve at MacWorld, the center of the universe and Mecca for Apple evangelists, and I don't believe this is going to change.
MacWorld Expo 2010, originally scheduled for the first week of January has been moved to February 9 through 14. Did Steve convince the MacWorld event sponsors to move the event to give him time to finish the Apple tablet? This would not surprise me. It would also not surprise me that Apple new product designers and engineers are camped out in Cupertino, working day and night, to develop a go-to-market commercial version of the rumored Apple tablet, so that it is ready for MacWorld.
Steve's loyal followers come from around the globe to worship the Supreme Apple God. All the bad things that have ever been written about Steve Job, including his uncontrollable temper, demand for absolute perfection, and stories of being "steved" (personally fired by Steve), are all forgiven. Steve beat pancreatic cancer, no wonder he is looked upon like an immortal God.
I truly expect that the rumored January announcement is just a ruse to keep the media and competitors off-balance and increase expectations and excitement to a fever pitch.
I fully expect a pilgrimage to MacWorld. How can I miss the event of the ages, and an opportunity to be personally baptized, sprinkled with gold dust and given an opportunity to kiss the hand of his holiness, the immortal Steve Jobs. He Lives!!.
Courtesy of an article dated December 30, 2009 appearing in Fox News