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Apple schedules special event for Jan. 26, 2010 - report

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Apple has reportedly scheduled a media event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco on Tuesday Jan. 26, 2010, for a major product announcement.

Citing inside sources, the Financial Times said Wednesday evening that Apple has rented the stage for "several days" at the end of January. Officials with Apple and the center declined to comment.

While the topic of the event is unknown, Wednesday's firestorm of tablet-related news could provide a strong hint:

The Financial Times had reported earlier that Apple's long-rumored touchscreen device was due for a Jan 2010 unveiling, and would enter into mass production soon after. The publication said the device would have something to do with Apple's rumored negotiations with TV networks for a subscription plan for video content on iTunes.

Analyst Gene Munster with Piper Jaffray said he believed there was a 75 percent chance that Apple will hold a special event in January. However, he said, it is not guaranteed that such an event would be about the long-rumored tablet device.

Another report alleged that a tablet with a 7-inch screen was due to be announced in January. That's different from months of reports that the device would have a 10-inch screen, though some have speculated Apple could release both form factors.

Silicon Alley Insider was told by a source that Apple asked developers to prepare full screen versions of their apps for a January demo. Apple reportedly wanted software to scale beyond the 320x480 pixel size of the current iPhone and iPod touch screen, but said that applications that can accommodate the larger screen size will run "just fine" on the new device.
Speculation about Apple's tablet has been rampant for months. While some believed the device would arrive this fall, AppleInsider first reported in July that the 10-inch, 3G-enabled device would debut in early 2010. The new hardware is said to have been created under the watchful eye of company co-founder Steve Jobs.
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Getting exciting!
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Tablet! (Hopefully)
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Tablet, what else.
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I wonder what it will be called.. iTablet maybe.. not.. iPad?
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How about " isteve " lol
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Sounds we ae getting some new revolutionary product(s). Apple does not normally rent this large a venue for just announcing product updates or upgrades.

This smacks of a big deal, like the rumored Apple Tabet, or something of that magnitude!
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"Something Wonderful"

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Change The World

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The Beatles are coming to the iTunes Store!

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I wonder what it will be called.. iTablet maybe.. not.. iPad?

May be Mac Tablet or Tablet Mac.....
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There are several things Apple could do here:
iLife/iWork 2010
MacBook/MacBook Pros based on what will be just unveiled Intel chips
Mac Pro on new Intel chips
Apple TV next gen with TV subscriptions (and more)

Less likely, but still possible:
Preview OS X 10.7
Preview iPhone 4.0
Preview next gen iPhone

Of course the tablet is so expected that Apple would have a hard time not at least previewing it. Still, I can't help but wonder if this will be a single product launch or a full day of stuff.

And I want a new MacBook Pro!
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So if they staged the event with Steve Jobs coming out dressed up like Moses, and a giant hand bathed in yellow light reached down and handed him two Mac Tablets (a 7" and a 10")... do you think anybody would be offended?
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My birthday! unveil me a tablet, Your Steveness.
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So if they staged the event with Steve Jobs coming out dressed up like Moses, and a giant hand bathed in yellow light reached down and handed him two Mac Tablets (a 7" and a 10")... do you think anybody would be offended?

People would be all like, No Blueray? No buy.
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iPad? iSlate? Newton GS? MacBooklet? iPod Touch Maxi? iPod Touch Giga? (antonym of nano)
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The key announcement/theme of the January 26th event will be a complete rebranding of iTunes.

Of all of Apple's marketing messages, that is the true laggard, a legacy term. It has served Apple (and its shareholders like me) well for many years, but it's time to move on.
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iPod Touch Maxi sound cheap.. Maybe iTouch Tablet or just iTouch..
"iTouch you right there" could be a cool slogan..
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iPod Touch Maxi sound cheap..

I don't know if it sounds *cheap*, but it definitely sounds like a product you'd only use once a month.
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Whatever it is, I wonder if there'll be a SuperBowl commercial.

1984 all over again?
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You can read my blog post about the soon to be announced Apple tablet by reading here: http://buildingiphoneapps.blogspot.com
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so how would an apple tablet be successful when others have not
is it multitouch
UI
or a complete new business model
wifi, 3g BT, then it could sub for a phone at times with a BT headset
namely--magazines, books, and i hope TEXTBOOKS, with a subscription service
we don't need to lug those heavy thick textbook around anymore
you could have your e-textbooks on a server like the apps store apps and just need to carry this tablet around
what problems are you looking to solve with this tablet???
i do also see if the UI is right.... helpful for hospitals, warehouses, students etc
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oh baby
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First reaction: SWEEEEET!!
Second reaction: So... I got an iphone and a MacBook Pro.. why am I excited? Tablet not meant for me.
Third reaction: SWEEEEEEEETAAHH!!
Fourth reaction: Maybe it is for me? Whenever I just wanna present stuff and take notes, but still be light weight?
Fifth reaction: Well in my region we can't even buy movies on iTunes so what makes me think we're gonna be able to buy other media? Two years from now maybe the media is available here as well?
Sixth reaction: SWEEEEEEEEEEEET! NEW APPLE PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENTS!!
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My birthday! unveil me a tablet, Your Steveness.

woot my bday too!
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This has been a exciting day in news...cant wait till january
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The App Store.
Compatible with iPhone apps + new media and richer apps.

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so how would an apple tablet be successful when others have not
is it multitouch
UI
or a complete new business model
wifi, 3g BT, then it could sub for a phone at times with a BT headset
namely--magazines, books, and i hope TEXTBOOKS, with a subscription service
we don't need to lug those heavy thick textbook around anymore
you could have your e-textbooks on a server like the apps store apps and just need to carry this tablet around
what problems are you looking to solve with this tablet???
i do also see if the UI is right.... helpful for hospitals, warehouses, students etc
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Hmm. Would anybody care to speculate on the "several days" aspect of the rental schedule?

Is this standard for Apple events? Is this how many days they book to cover set-up, staging, etc. for their one day events? Or is this something else?
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New iLife. That's it. How funny would it be.
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Hmm. Would anybody care to speculate on the "several days" aspect of the rental schedule?

Is this standard for Apple events? Is this how many days they book to cover set-up, staging, etc. for their one day events? Or is this something else?

I believe the extra days are for exactly what you stated.. camera set up/lighting/ rehearsals and what not.
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iPad? iSlate? Newton GS? MacBooklet? iPod Touch Maxi? iPod Touch Giga? (antonym of nano)

iBook
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Matzoh
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I don't understand why Apple would rent the Yerba Buena center for a special product debut when they could present at the premier Apple event of the year, MacWorld Expo!

We Mac fanatics have been feeling really dissed by Apple since they backed out of MacWorld. And here they are, just about a week before the Expo, holding a special event RIGHT ABOVE THE EXPO VENUE.

Their behavior mystifies me. And aggravates me. Regularly.
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Matzoh

Well done.
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I think a good name would be MacBook Touch (like the iPod Touch).
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Apple has reportedly scheduled a media event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco on Tuesday Jan. 26, 2010, for a major product announcement.

January 26th is Australia Day! Maybe the new tablet will be called the iKoala!
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How about, iTab.
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Matzoh

That's pretty crummy.
Please don't be insane.
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I don't understand why Apple would rent the Yerba Buena center for a special product debut when they could present at the premier Apple event of the year, MacWorld Expo!

We Mac fanatics have been feeling really dissed by Apple since they backed out of MacWorld. And here they are, just about a week before the Expo, holding a special event RIGHT ABOVE THE EXPO VENUE.

Their behavior mystifies me. And aggravates me. Regularly.

Apple gets better bang for the buck by throwing their own events because they don't have to share the attention with other companies.

Also, booking their own events allows them total control over the timing, venue, invitees, message, security, etc.

And speak for yourself. I am a longtime Apple owner and a shareholder. I agree with Apple's decision to pull out of Macworld. Tradeshows are dinosaurs and I don't believe Apple's best use of their marketing dollars is to attend these general interest events.

I would rather have Apple budget more dollars for WWDC.
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iBook

indeed. i've been thinking they were holding that trademark in reserve for some reason like this. let me just throw E-BOOK READER into the fold
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The App Store.
Compatible with iPhone apps + new media and richer apps.

Right. Plus new iPhone-style iLife apps (iMovie and Garage Band) and iWorks apps. and an optional 3g data only 2 year contract plan to subsidize the price down to $199.
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