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A new Japanese report has clarified earlier claims of an Apple event in February with the cryptic details that Apple will hold a "Strange" event in February and a Special Event to launch the third-generation iPad in early March.

Macotakara claimed last month that Apple would hold an event in February to unveil the so-called "iPad 3" and iOS 5.1, citing both an Asian supplier and a source in the U.S. However, blogger Danbo has now corrected the original claim as only telling a "half-side of truth."

According to him, Apple will indeed hold an event in February, but it will be a "Strange" event rather than a full product launch. The author was unable to provide further details on what exactly a strange event would entail, though he did reiterate to AppleInsider that it would not be a product event.

One possibility is that the rumored February event could contain industry-related announcements similar to how last month's education event in New York City to mark the release of iBooks 2 and iBooks Author without showing off new hardware.

"Special Event for new products will be hold in early March and will release products during March as usual," Danbo continued.

The publication's most-recent corrections put its insider information more in line with other reports that have pegged March as the month that Apple will release its new iPad, similar to last year. Bloomberg reported last month that production for the next-gen iPad was already underway ahead of a March launch. That report also claimed that the device would feature a high-resolution display, LTE compatibility and a quad-core processor. Rumors out of Taiwan have also pointed to March as the time frame for the launch.

The third-generation iPad is generally believed to feature a doubled-resolution display with a pixel density of 254 pixels per inch. Apple is also expected to unveil its next-generation A6 processor alongside the next iPad as it did with the A5 and the iPad 2 last year.

As for iOS 5.1, a beta release of the software provided by Apple to developers appears to contain references to deep Facebook integration similar to system-wide elements for Twitter that the company built into iOS 5.
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Hmm... strange...
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A séance with Steve?
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A new Japanese report has clarified earlier claims of an Apple event in February with the cryptic details that Apple will hold a "Strange" event in February (...) Apple will indeed hold an event in February, but it will be a "Strange" event rather than a full product launch. The author was unable to provide further details on what exactly a strange event would entail, though he did reiterate to AppleInsider that it would not be a product event. .

Apple might announce that it has developed a breast implant that can store and play music. The iTit will cost from $499 to $699, depending on cup and speaker size. This is considered a major social breakthrough ... because women are always complaining about men staring at their breasts and not listening to them.
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Apple might announce that it has developed a breast implant that can store and play music. The iTit will cost from $499 to $699, depending on cup and speaker size. This is considered a major social breakthrough ... because women are always complaining about men staring at their breasts and not listening to them.



And don't forget the iBra, lifts and separates for proper stereo broadcast, including invisible 'wireless-effect' underwire delivering solid hold for heavy base settings.
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Apple to hold 'strange' event in Feb...

Perhaps they are getting Steve Ballmer as a guest presenter. Now that would be strange.
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A keynote without Steve, that's what's gonna be "strange' to me.
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Apple might announce that it has developed a breast implant that can store and play music. The iTit will cost from $499 to $699, depending on cup and speaker size. This is considered a major social breakthrough ... because women are always complaining about men staring at their breasts and not listening to them.

Very clever and funny.


Almost as clever as the Apple roumour mill. 90% crap but all good advertising. And it stops a percentage of people from buying the latest competing brands because they are wondering what Apple may come up with next.
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A keynote without Steve, that's what's gonna be "strange' to me.

Been there, done that

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There's only one thing this could be:

New kind of dinosaur.

That's my bet.
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Very clever and funny.


Almost as clever as the Apple roumour mill. 90% crap but all good advertising. And it stops a percentage of people from buying the latest competing brands because they are wondering what Apple may come up with next.

As an Apple stockholder I view the rumor mill as more good than bad. The rumor mill keeps Apple in the public eye (free advertising) but while the rumors may keep a percentage of people from buying the latest competing brands, the rumors are just as likely to keep a percentage of people from buying the latest Apple products.

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Apple might announce that it has developed a breast implant that can store and play music. The iTit will cost from $499 to $699, depending on cup and speaker size. This is considered a major social breakthrough ... because women are always complaining about men staring at their breasts and not listening to them.

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And don't forget the iBra, lifts and separates for proper stereo broadcast, including invisible 'wireless-effect' underwire delivering solid hold for heavy base settings.

We're on fire tonight!

Breast fed music must be healthier!
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A keynote without Steve, that's what's gonna be "strange' to me.

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Apple to hold 'strange' event in Feb...

Perhaps they are getting Steve Ballmer as a guest presenter. Now that would be strange.


I look forward for an event where Ballmer will explain on stage how much Microsoft cares for Apple, with the Tim's giant (moderately) smiling face appearing on a giant screen ...
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Yes it will be strange, I heard Tim Cook will be dressing like a woman and they'll be reenacting scenes from Chinatown while monkeys juggle on trampolines.
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"strange" event... iOS 5.1 with Facebook integration... Facebook IPO... Google+...

Put it all together, add a dash of wild speculation. Apple and Facebook will parter to take on Google, with Apple holding 50% of Facebook stock.
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Yes it will be strange, I heard Tim Cook will be dressing like a woman and they'll be reenacting scenes from Chinatown while monkeys juggle on trampolines.

didn't i just see something similar at the expo formerly known as macworld?
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I look forward for an event where Ballmer will explain on stage how much Microsoft cares for Apple, with the Tim's giant (moderately) smiling face appearing on a giant screen ...

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You have subscribed to the "Orbe of Time" news, right ? thanks, anyway ....
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Apple will announce it's secession from the United States, move all employees to the new campus plot where they will live underground until the construction is complete. Anyone who wishes to visit will require a passport and will need to undergo a rigorous approval process.

Either that, or they will change the name of the company to Peach.
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Aside from a short comedy stunt performed by Ballmer together with a chimp, there will be Elop talking with a robot voice from a burning platform, a former CEO from RIM to tell about market share, and Balsillie to lecture on profitability. Schmidt will give an inspired speech about trust, and an unnamed Samsung executive will show off his trademark jeans and black turtleneck...
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Sounds like a mistranslation of "special" to me.
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Or they announce the iMonkeyBoy, a program to create entertaining new executives!

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1) It can't be any more strange than what Asus and Samsung do on stage.

2) I wouldn't be surprised to see a larger iPod Touch, perhaps even a 5-8" Touch.


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Apple might announce that it has developed a breast implant that can store and play music. The iTit will cost from $499 to $699, depending on cup and speaker size. This is considered a major social breakthrough ... because women are always complaining about men staring at their breasts and not listening to them.

Nice switch of the third person plural pronoun at the end. Very clever.

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It's a confusing translation of the Japanese word 珍しい, which can mean "strange" but here is more like "unusual."

Here's my translation of the blogger's original Japanese. I'm an American living in Kyoto, and I majored in Japanese in college.

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Earlier, according to information from Asian suppliers and the US, I forecasted that Apple would hold a Special Event in early February. However, I have found this information to be incorrect in some sense; it appears that the February event is to be something heretofore unusual for Apple.

It seems that a Special Event in regard to new products will be held in early March.
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Basically, he's saying that the February event would be something rare and unusual for the Apple we have known. I suspect this is likely a hint having to do with this being the first major product introduction since the death of Steve Jobs.

By the way, how about that Gizmodo.jp rumor? Check it out. Looks pretty fake to me, though it seems to have blown up all over Japan today.
www.gizmodo.jp/2012/02/iphone_5_13.html
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I think "STRANGE" actually means "SPECIAL" and that something was lost in translation btwn Japanese & English. Lol
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Apple might announce that it has developed a breast implant that can store and play music. The iTit will cost from $499 to $699, depending on cup and speaker size. This is considered a major social breakthrough ... because women are always complaining about men staring at their breasts and not listening to them.

I think I got this chain e-mail joke a couple years ago... Prescient?
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By the way, how about that Gizmodo.jp rumor? Check it out. Looks pretty fake to me, though it seems to have blown up all over Japan today.
www.gizmodo.jp/2012/02/iphone_5_13.html

Probably fake... but I like it!

edit: definitely fake text, at the very least... "4.3 inches screen, chip dual-core a6... The revolution passes through the evolution" haha. Plus, there's no way the 6th iPhone will be called "iPhone 5"
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Ballmer will be banished to the land of wind and ghosts.
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I think "STRANGE" actually means "SPECIAL" and that something was lost in translation btwn Japanese & English. Lol

Yeah, I think this means it's just something they haven't done before. Probably a reference to Steve Jobs not being there anymore.
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Apple will announce it's secession from the United States, move all employees to the new campus plot where they will live underground until the construction is complete. Anyone who wishes to visit will require a passport and will need to undergo a rigorous approval process.

Either that, or they will change the name of the company to Peach.


This is my favourite suggestion and would actually make sense, they could transfer all their overseas cash and not pay tax. The Independent State of Apple.
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Article correction> The pixel density would be 264, not 254. Well, 263.92, but who's counting?
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Apple might announce that it has developed a breast implant that can store and play music. The iTit will cost from $499 to $699, depending on cup and speaker size. This is considered a major social breakthrough ... because women are always complaining about men staring at their breasts and not listening to them.

I'm speechless - your comment was brilliant!
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Apple to hold 'strange' event in Feb...

Perhaps they are getting Steve Ballmer as a guest presenter. Now that would be strange.

Tim is stepping down. Monkey Boy is taking his place.

Oh... sorry... my mistake... the story says "strange", not "completely and utterly fucked up".
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It's a confusing translation of the Japanese word 珍しい, which can mean "strange" but here is more like "unusual."

In this context, they mean the same thing, so it works out.

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By the way, how about that Gizmodo.jp rumor? Check it out. Looks pretty fake to me, though it seems to have blown up all over Japan today.

100% fake. No question.

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This looks like announcements from the shareholder's meeting.

Either a dividend or a stock split (I hope) or both. The announcement could come at the shareholder's meeting. I bet that is the event.
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It's a confusing translation of the Japanese word 珍しい, which can mean "strange" but here is more like "unusual."

Here's my translation of the blogger's original Japanese. I'm an American living in Kyoto, and I majored in Japanese in college.

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Earlier, according to information from Asian suppliers and the US, I forecasted that Apple would hold a Special Event in early February. However, I have found this information to be incorrect in some sense; it appears that the February event is to be something heretofore unusual for Apple.

It seems that a Special Event in regard to new products will be held in early March.
>>

Basically, he's saying that the February event would be something rare and unusual for the Apple we have known. I suspect this is likely a hint having to do with this being the first major product introduction since the death of Steve Jobs.

I clearly don't read Japanese, so I'm relying entirely on your translation. As I read that, he's saying "I earlier said that there would be a special event in February, but that was a mistake. A February event would be unusual for Apple." This would suggest that the event he earlier predicted would be in March rather than in February. IOW, nothing to get excited about - and no reason to believe that they'll have a Feb AND a March event.

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By the way, how about that Gizmodo.jp rumor? Check it out. Looks pretty fake to me, though it seems to have blown up all over Japan today.
www.gizmodo.jp/2012/02/iphone_5_13.html

Hint: Never believe anything Gizmodo says.
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