Report: Apple planning Sept. music event; No hint of a tablet

Report: Apple planning Sept. music event; No hint of a tablet

Summary: Apple is reportedly preparing for a big media event early next month and it appears that whatever the company has to offer will have something to do with music. (Techmeme)All Things Digital's Peter Kafka reports on his Media Memo blog that "multiple music industry sources" are saying that Apple execs have told them about an event the week after Labor Day.

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Apple is reportedly preparing for a big media event early next month and it appears that whatever the company has to offer will have something to do with music. (Techmeme)

All Things Digital's Peter Kafka reports on his Media Memo blog that "multiple music industry sources" are saying that Apple execs have told them about an event the week after Labor Day. As Kafka notes, that comes as no big surprise. It's not the first time Apple has summoned the tech press for a post-summer, pre-holiday announcement.

During last year's September event, company CEO Steve Jobs introduced an update to the iPod Touch lineup, as well as the Genius feature in iTunes. During the September event the year before that, the company unveiled the iPod Touch, which has become a key part of its product portfolio.

Apple hasn't yet confirmed the event and likely won't until it issues invitations a week or so before the event.

The fact that music industry sources are sharing information about the event with All Things Digital hints that this will be another music-related event (duh!). What remains unclear is whether the company uses the event to make multiple announcements - after all, everyone seems to be jonesing to learn more about the Apple Tablet that's been rumored.

Reports say that Jobs and company have been pushing to roll out that product sooner rather than later, though everything seems to be pointing to the fourth quarter of this year or the first quarter of next year. If the timing for the release of the product is still up in the air, I wouldn't expect Apple to offer details at a media event about something they're not yet ready to deliver.

Topics: Hardware, Apple, Laptops, Mobility, Tablets

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  • My money's on...

    the next iPod generation. Such an event comes just as the back-to-school, inventory-clearing promotion ends.
    andrew.nusca
    • I'm betting it's the new...

      I'm betting it's the new widescreen 8" touch screen HD media player they're introducing which uses the iPod Touch OS on a bigger display. People will think of it as a netbook alternative, but Apple will call it a personal media device since the device has extremely limited interactivity for tasks like file management. Perhaps the name will be the iMedia Touch? Or iPod Touch HD?
      BillDem
      • I just don't see a tablet making $$$

        Sorry,

        I just can't even begin to get excited about a Tablet. It would be big (like
        a small laptop) but not as powerful. Unless it gets, like, 25 hours of
        video and 50+ hours of normal operation, I just don't see practical uses
        for something like this.
        Bruizer
  • RE: Report: Apple planning Sept. music event; No hint of a tablet

    Sure also that there will be a new ipod touch based on the 3gs hardware! maybe with the mike/camera combo
    Ennev
  • Back to school is almost over

    And the promotion to move product has worked well, as
    in previous years.

    Now it's time for new iPods, including the touch. If the
    tablet is under the iPod umbrella then I can see that
    released also.

    But another thing to remember is that Snow Leopard will
    be out at that time, or very shortly after the event.

    I would bet that now Leopard, then, is going to provide
    some of the OS for any new products.
    Ken_z
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