Legions of tech bloggers swore collectively when Apple released a press release today stating that tomorrow’s big event would be streamed live on Apple.com. As you may know, I opt for semi-live coverage of Apple events. I’m just not cool enough to do live blogging.
In case you haven’t been reading the rumors and speculation about what to expect tomorrow, here’s a full rundown along with the expected chances of it happening:
- A new iPod Touch: Count on it
- New iPod Nano: Done deal
- Apple iTV: 50/50
- iPhone 4 “+”: 25%
- Steve Jobs wearing a black turtleneck, blue Levi jeans, and sneakers: Bet your kid’s college education on it
Awhile back, I wrote a post about what I wanted to see in the next iPod Touch. You guys voted, and apparently, you all want a camera. To this I say: don’t be surprised if there is no camera. Steve Jobs himself stated that the iPod Touch doesn’t have a camera because “it’s a great gaming machine.” Then again, years before the iPhone showed up, Jobs said that Apple wouldn’t make phones.
Yes, that would make it the sixth generation iPod. According to some rumors and this spotty-looking image of a supposed screen protectors for the next Nano, the next iPod will be even smaller. It seems thin is the way to go these days with new electronics.
But the rumors get even better. The next iPod Nano will supposedly feature a new touchscreen. While I wouldn’t recommend watching full-length movies on it, it would be great for controlling your music without having to press any buttons.
Apple TV hasn’t fared so well since it was launched, but Apple is hoping to revamp the product by introducing a much-improved iOS device called iTV (Notice the subtle difference?). In recent weeks, reports have surfaced that Apple has been in talks with major broadcasting networks to offer commercial free tv shows for 99 cents. If negotiations have stalled, don’t expect to hear about it tomorrow.
While the worst of Antenna-gate has apparently passed, Apple’s iPhone 4 continues to sell like 90% off college textbooks. Don’t expect an announcement about any sort of recall, though. For now, a fixed antenna iPhone 4 is anyone’s guess.
Maybe, we should make predictions on what Jony Ive will wear in Apple’s oft-parodied product intro videos.
One more thing…
Tomorrow’s Apple event will begin at 10am PST. You can catch the live stream online at Apple.com…if you aren’t using a Windows computer. No, this isn’t a blatant attack on the PC market’s biggest shareholder, but according to the press release by Apple, you will need a Mac OS X running Safari and Snow Leopard 10.6, an iPod Touch or iPhone with iOS 3.0 or higher, or an iPad. Heck, if you don’t believe me, just read the press release yourself.
According to TNW, Apple is using their own streaming protocol which isn’t supported by any other OS. Windows users, you’re outta luck.
Good news is still by your side, my friend. I’ll be tweeting away like a good tech blogger should as the latest updates arrive. Just follow me here @loneplacebo.