September 9, 2009 promises to be a historic day for several reasons. Not only is it the 10th anniversary of the Sega Dreamcast launch and the day The Beatles: Rock Band comes to stores, but Apple plans to get in on the action by holding a press conference with the tagline ‘It’s only rock and roll, but we like it.’
There have been many rumors over the past few weeks and months about what Apple plans to announce at its annual conference, some more realistic than others, but let’s take a look at a few to see if we can make some sense of it all.
For starters, the safe bet is that Apple will unveil new versions of the iPod Touch and Nano after photos of the device’s new cases were leaked from a Chinese manufacturer in July and again more recently. The biggest addition will be built-in cameras for both devices. The Nano will see several design changes, most notably, a slimmer frame along with a wider screen.
However, recent reports indicate that Apple is having technical problems with the camera modules that could push the new device’s launch past the holiday release window.
AppleInsider reported, ‘it was uncertain whether the new hardware, which has been widely expected to debut at Wednesday’s ‘˜Only rock and roll’ media-centric event, would make the cut for early September retail distribution.’
Jobs to return?
Steve Jobs hasn’t hosted an Apple event since October 2008, when he took a leave of absence from the company to replace his liver, but many believe the CEO plans on attending the conference, if not hosting the event himself.
Not only will the return to host the event be a treat for those in attendance, analyst Gene Munster believes it will have a positive impact on Apple’s stocks, as well.
In a Tuesday report, Munster wrote that Jobs’ attendance will be ‘a slight positive’ for Apple’s shares as it will be ‘the first public confirmation of Jobs’ health since his return to the company.’
We think it’s highly probable that Jobs will, at the very least, make an appearance at some point throughout the conference.
The Beatles on iTunes?
Some might say it’s a bit curious that Apple will host a news conference the same day that The Beatles: Rock Band launches along with newly re-mastered CDs from the band’s catalog.
Rumors have been swirling that the two companies have finally put their differences aside and plan to release The Beatles’ music library on iTunes.
MarketWatch suggests that the event’s tagline could be ‘a veiled reference to the British music invasion of the 1960s led by, of course, the Beatles?’
While it’s definitely a stretch, there could be something to all the events happening on the same day. Of course, it could also be because of the cool date, too ‘“ 9/9/09.
The best of the rest
Another rumor that could turn out to be true is that iTunes 9 could be announced. If so, what better date to announce it than 9/9/09?
Probably the most unlikely, yet coolest announcement would be for the ‘iTablet’ that has long been rumored to be in existence. However unlikely as this may be, it would certainly make for an awesome holiday season if Apple can get it on store shelves in time.
So there we have it, folks. Many rumors are out there, and we’re sure several are wrong. Either way, it’s going to be an exciting day for iPod owners.