Apple to Hold Special Event September 5th?

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Date: Friday, August 24th, 2007, 13:39
Category: Rumor

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It came from Rumorville: The guys over at Electronista have received a report that Apple may unveil a new line of iPods in the first week of September. The following picture, which surfaced earlier this week shows what could be the first of the new iPod nano series.
The picture has also drawn attention form Apple’s legal team, which has asked various web sites to remove the image:


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Apple has historically held new product events on Tuesdays, but may have rescheduled the event to synch with the long Labor Day weekend.
If you have any thoughts or feedback on this, let us know in the comments or forums.

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Rumor: New iMacs Due Out Tomorrow, iPods in September

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Date: Monday, August 6th, 2007, 08:09
Category: Rumor

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There’s a reason a ladies’ sewing circle has typically been referred to as an epicenter of local gossip: because the subject matter is pretty interesting.
Keeping this and the rumor mill in mind, Apple is expected to refresh its iMac line via its product presentation tomorrow. Confirmed details about the new iMacs have yet to be released, although the guys at Gizmodo and Engadget were able to debunk rumors that the iMacs will be modeled after brushed aluminum while the MacBooks would be receiving a Santa Rosa architecture and an even-smaller Mac Mini with a larger hard drive would be hitting the market.
A source close to the situation has stated that “the new iPods will be rolling around mid-September”.
Still, it’s only 24 hours off and there should be some thing cool to emerge from it.
Stay tuned to PowerPage for live coverage and if you have any thoughts on tomorrow’s happenings, let us know via the comments or forums.

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Rumor: Apple Prepping Touch-Screen Controlled iPods for August

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Date: Wednesday, July 11th, 2007, 10:29
Category: Rumor

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It came from Rumorville, so it must be true:
An article over at DigiTimes has cited that Apple has ordered a batch of touch-screens earmarked for future generation iPods from Taiwanese manufacturer Wintek.
The article quotes an anonymous source which claims that Apple is about to launch a next-generation iPod video next month. Such an iPod would sport a touch screen panel similar to the iPhone’s.
DigiTimes also pointed out that Apple seems to be lining up touch-screen component deals with other manufacturers and has a similar arrangement with Balda, another touch screen manufacturer.
Neither Apple or Wintek were able to provide comments regarding the speculation.
If you have comments or ideas about this, feel free to discuss them in the forums.

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Rumor: AT&T to Close U.S. Retail Locations for Two Hours on June 29th

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Date: Wednesday, June 20th, 2007, 08:52
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With the rumor mill in full swing, the current news is that AT&T will close its entire retail chain of stores for approximately two hours on June 29th in order to launch the iPhone.
According to AppleInsider, reports have emerged stating that the stores will close around 4 to 4:30 p.m. and not reopen until 6:00 pm, when the iPhone will be available for purchase.
The general idea to this seems to be to allow AT&T to coordinate crowds in order to prevent mob scenes and to hang iPhone displays, which are said to require their own power supplies and Internet connections.
Reports have also come in claiming that the AT&T stores will remain open until 10:00 p.m. or midnight, depending on location.
When asked for further details, AT&T retail store representatives stated that formal training and final briefings on the iPhone weren’t expected until “a day or two” before the launch.
Accessories for the iPhone handset may be arriving already, an AT&T retail employee telling AppleInsider that a significant shipment of iPhone accessories such as a phone holster, leather case and batch of gel cases had just arrived. The employee cited that it was unusual to receive accessories for a product with two weeks remaining prior to its launch.
Additional details such as availability for the iPhone have yet to be released.

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Rumor: Apple to Release iPhone SDK at WWDC

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Date: Monday, June 4th, 2007, 12:13
Category: Rumor

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An article in today’s New York Times has cited an unnamed source stating Apple will release a software development kit to developers at next week’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.
The anonymous source stated that Apple “intends to announce that it will make it possible for developers of small programs written for the Macintosh to easily convert them to run on the iPhone.” The article offered no additional offers where this was concerned.
While a software development kit for the iPhone makes sense, Apple has apparently wrangled with the prospect of completely open development for the device, especially with security and stability factored in.
Apple may be shifting its position, though. When the device was first announced in January, the company seemed to steadfastly indicate that it would not allow third-party application development. Last week, CEO Steve Jobs seemed to indicate that iPhone development was now a question of “when”, as opposed to “if”.
During an interview with Wall Street Journal columnist Walter Mossberg, Jobs noted that the Japanese consumer electronics industry had been hindered by poorly written software. Jobs then went on to point out that the iPhone’s more robust Mac OS X underpinnings might allow for a lead on the rest of the handset industry and thus more flexibility where development was concerned.
Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

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Rumor: AT&T May Bring IPTV Services to Apple TV in 2008

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Date: Friday, June 1st, 2007, 08:45
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It may have come from Rumorville, but it is interesting.
The folks over at Engadget have mentioned that well-connecte but anonymous source has stated that AT&T and Apple are working to bring IPTV (Internet) features to the Apple TV for sometime in 2008.
Although a launch window has yet to be decided, this does bring up some interesting possibilities. Specific details such as whether the service would be a full package or a more limited selection of on-demand programming or whether the service would be available to non-AT&T subscribers remain unknown.
Stay tuned to PowerPage for more information as it becomes available.

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Rumor: iPhone Data Plan May Retail for US$30 a Month

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Date: Wednesday, May 30th, 2007, 14:57
Category: Rumor

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With less than a month to go before its release, the iPhone rumors have been almost nonstop. A recent but fairly credible entry is now claiming that AT&T will require customers to purchase an unlimited data plan with each iPhone sold.
Additional details can be found at Jason’s ZDNet Blog The Apple Core.
If you’ve heard anything about this either way, let us know.

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Rumor: iPhone May Ship With Added Features

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Date: Tuesday, May 29th, 2007, 12:04
Category: Rumor

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While this definitely comes from Rumorville, you can’t say it isn’t interesting:
A recent blog entry may be confirming Apple’s history of under-promising and then over-delivering on its final product in order to win over a potential market, as the post mentions all sorts of goodies that may be en route for the iPhone. Perks such as boosted wireless support, additional software and rebates via an AT&T contract have surfaced and while they may not all be true, could point towards some cool extras that may be in the works.
For the full story, check out the Apple Core blog and let us know what you think.

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Future Apple Laptop Details Begin to Emerge

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Date: Monday, May 14th, 2007, 08:27
Category: Rumor

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Out of the rumor mill, details have begun to emerge regarding Apple’s forthcoming laptop products, the MacBook staying relatively the same while significant changes should be seen in the company’s MacBook Pro line. Specifics have also begun to surface regarding a 13″ sub-notebook that’s been in the works for some time.
Where the MacBook is concerned, AppleInsider has stated that sources close to the company that the consumer level laptop won’t receive Intel’s updated “Santa Rosa” notebook architecture or an LED-backlit screen until a future revision later this year.
The MacBook Pro, on the other hand, should be the focus of Apple’s notebook revisions. The professional market laptop will see an enhanced feature set from the Santa Rosa architecture and should be outfitted with faster 800 MHz front side system buses as well as second generation Core 2 Duo mobile processors capable of speeds up to 2.4 GHz. The 15″ model should also be the first Apple laptop to convert from a traditional cathode fluorescent-backlit display for an LED-backlit model.
Apple has recently been reported as ordering significant numbers of LED-backlit display components as well as finished parts from various Asian suppliers for such a revision.
According to sources, the long-awaited and much-rumored sub-notebook will be wrapped around a 13″ LED-backlit display, a move that comes as a surprise given that many thought the 13″ display components that had been ordered were destined for Apple’s MacBook units.
The sub-notbook will include a 13″ LED-backlit display, lack an optical drive, include on-board NAND flash memory for application launching and boot times, a built-in iSight camera, AirPort Extreme 802.11n, a MagSafe power adapter and be thinner and lighter than the current MacBook offerings. The unit will be available in either late 2007 or early 2008. Additional specifications have yet to be confirmed.
Stay tuned for the latest news on these offerings as they become available.

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Rumor: Apple to Release LED-backlit 15″ MacBook Pro at WWDC

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Date: Tuesday, May 8th, 2007, 11:33
Category: Rumor

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Although most of us have yet to see an LED-backlit display, this has been the stuff of techno-lust for the past couple of weeks, especially where Apple’s future product line is concerned. The cool news may come ahead of schedule as Apple will announced an LED-backlit laptop on or arround the Worldwide Developers Conference on June 11th.
According to ThinkSecret, sources close to the project have stated that Apple placed a mid-April order to Asian component manufacturers for more than 100,000 15.4″ LED backlight displays.
Sources have also stated that the order called for a mid-May delivery, which would allow for a three to four week window for manufacturing and shipping. The delivery would coincide with Steve Jobs’ scheduled keynote address for the event.
Unfortunately, the anticipated LED-backlit displays seem to be limited to the MacBook Pro for the time being. Sources did not refer to any order placed for 13.3″ LED backlight displays that could be used in the MacBook line, but discussed that this could be seen in a third-quarter rollout of Apple’s consumer laptop.
Even if LED-backlit displays don’t emerge in as near a term as the Worldwide Developers Conference next month, this has been confirmed via Steve Jobs’ open letter regarding its environmental policies. The upgraded displays could provide a brighter image, lower power consumption and make for an environmentally friendlier product.

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