Apple event: September 9?

Apple's expected fall event, unveiling a revamped iPod line and other product news, may take place on Wednesday, September 9.

Apple's expected fall event, unveiling a revamped iPod line and other product news, may take place on Wednesday, September 9. The oft-rumored Apple tablet may not make an appearance, but other likely highlights are te debut of new social feature for iTunes 9, and an appearance by Steve Jobs (or not), accordint to All Things D.

iTunes Gets Social

Speculation that iTunes could jump into social networking emerged last week, and was deemed pretty dubious at the time. Seven days and another rumor later, they don't seem so silly.

Earlier reports suggest that iTunes 9 would tie into a social networking application that could let you pull all your social networking identities into one place. You could also use this mysterious app to let your friends know what you're listening to (similar to iLike's iTunes sidebar), share music, and change your status updates. It's not clear from earlier reports what "share music" means, but if I had to guess I would say this means you would simply be able to share playlists with your friends -- a decidedly lame feature.

But iTunes already has a feature that lets you stream the libraries of other iTunes users who are on the same local network. What if Apple expanded this to some sort of Pandora-like feature that let you stream the libraries of your friends within your social network? This is complete speculation on my part, and applications like Mojo already let you share your iTunes library online, but it would be a great feature if Apple added it as a standard part of iTunes.

iPod Touch

The iPod Touch is expected to get more storage and a lower price, with Apple launching three models of the device in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB flavors. The devices would cost $199, $299, and $399 respectively. This is probably the safest bet among the current crop of Apple rumors, and more iPod Touch storage is no surprise considering the iPhone just got a storage update. Apple also has a new competitor in the Zune HD, so a price drop would be important and could stop the Zune from taking even a small chunk out of Apple's business.

There's also a rumor that the iPod Touch could be getting a 2MP or 3MP camera; a great feature the Zune HD doesn't have.

Cocktail, Anyone?

Computerworld's Seth Weintraub is guessing Apple's upcoming event includes an announcement of another secret project from 1 Infinite Loop: Cocktail. It's supposed to be some sort of multimedia experience that will revolutionize the traditional music album. Features include music, videos, photos, album liner notes, and other media all bundled into one package.

This project may be very real, but earlier reports had the project tied to the Apple tablet. If Apple is introducing new features with iTunes 9 already, then it's possible the company may want to tie Cocktail into the September event as well.

Apple Tablet

What is probably disappointing to most of you out there is the suggestion Apple's rumored iPod Touch-like tablet device may not make its appearance next month. While the tablet sounds like a great device, let's remember that we still only have rumor and innuendo suggesting the thing actually exists. What's more, the only person who claims to have seen the thing is an analyst who was so smitten by the device he thought it was the best movie experience he'd ever seen. Either that analyst doesn't get out much, or was so deeply affected by the Jobsian "reality distortion field" he simply lost his mind.

Breathe, everybody -- let's hold onto a healthy dose of skepticism about the tablet until we actually see the thing, and more importantly, until we see what it can do. (Or check out our gallery of all the rumored designs.)

22 Days and Counting

We may have little more than three weeks until Apple's September event announcing a new line of iPods and more features for iTunes. Apple isn't saying, but All Things D is betting on an event at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts -- a previous locale for Apple events. Interestingly, September 9 was the exact date of last year's Apple iPod event when the company introduced revamped iPods and iTunes Genius.

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags ipodAppleipod touchiTunes

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Ian Paul

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Armand Abogado

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?