Rumor roundup: Tomorrow's Apple media event

Apple will hold its annual media event tomorrow, here's a few predictions of what to expect.

The main rumors for tomorrow's event include the following:

  • New iPod Touch with camera
  • Updated iPod Nano/Shuffle with touch screen
  • New Apple TV (iTV)

Rumors of a new iPod touch with a camera and FaceTime support have been circulating for several weeks. Case manufacturers claim to have sample cases ready and features in iOS 4.1 indicate that FaceTime calling will be available to email addresses. Apple's iPod Nano looks set for a significant update. Rumors of a touchscreen based Nano or Shuffle have been circulating recently. Several leaked images of case designs hint that the next generation Nano/Shuffle will include a touch screen and the famous click-wheel will be removed. It's possible that Apple will merge the Nano and Shuffle lines to form a new iPod.

Apple's much rumored TV update is a possibility for tomorrow. Engadget revealed the iTV name earlier this month but stated that the device wouldn't be revealed until "sometime in the Fall". It's not Fall yet but that hasn't stopped Apple from surprising people in the past.

Macrumors speculates that Apple could outline the iPad 4.1 software update. Although it's not likely that 4.1 will be available for iPad owners tomorrow, the company may release a developer preview for the iPad and outline its plans. Apple is also expected to announce longer preview times for songs in iTunes and TV show rentals. Speculation that Apple is planning a cloud based iTunes streaming service has been strong all year long but it's not clear whether this service is ready yet.

Regardless of what Apple announces tomorrow, stay tuned as we'll be covering the breaking announcements as soon as they occur here at Neowin.net

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I wish they announce something useful to me (selfish), because since I've got the iPhone - why do I care about an iPod anymore? That's been sold and will never be bought again! Cocoa iTunes to be announced!

sMiK said,
I wish they announce something useful to me (selfish), because since I've got the iPhone - why do I care about an iPod anymore? That's been sold and will never be bought again! Cocoa iTunes to be announced!

The iPhone is not for everyone, especially when you take into account that you pay $2k+ between the phone and contract fees during the mandatory 2 year period.
A 16gb Nano will just run you a one time fee of $179.
Unless you really need all the smarthphone goodies, then a random phone plus a Nano or a Touch are all you will ever need.
I want something useful for every new Apple device: HDMI and DisplayPort output.

My guess is the iTV will basically be the new Touch without a screen. It is definitely being announced tomorrow. It's not just a coincidence that the Netflix and Plex apps were recently released for all of the devices.

I'll sum it up for you:

Steve Jobs:
We have this new great thing!
It's going to revolutionize the way you watch TV.
It's called AppleTV Redux (or some such name).
It has all these new features (features already in Windows Media Center or Netflix)
It only costs XXX (about two times what the competing ones do)
It looks like this (really shiny and pretty)
And it's available by XYZ date.

I don't think I missed anything. I think there will be a lot of "OMGz!!" and "oohs" and "aahs" by the regular fanboys in the audience, and Walter Mossberg will come up to ask Steve how he likes his balls handled while he gently caresses them.

Hercules said,
I'll sum it up for you:

Steve Jobs:
We have this new great thing!
It's going to revolutionize the way you watch TV.
It's called AppleTV Redux (or some such name).
It has all these new features (features already in Windows Media Center or Netflix)
It only costs XXX (about two times what the competing ones do)
It looks like this (really shiny and pretty)
And it's available by XYZ date.

I don't think I missed anything. I think there will be a lot of "OMGz!!" and "oohs" and "aahs" by the regular fanboys in the audience, and Walter Mossberg will come up to ask Steve how he likes his balls handled while he gently caresses them.


Pretty much this.

Hercules said,
I'll sum it up for you:

Steve Jobs:
We have this new great thing!
It's going to revolutionize the way you watch TV.
It's called AppleTV Redux (or some such name).
It has all these new features (features already in Windows Media Center or Netflix)
It only costs XXX (about two times what the competing ones do)
It looks like this (really shiny and pretty)
And it's available by XYZ date.

I don't think I missed anything. I think there will be a lot of "OMGz!!" and "oohs" and "aahs" by the regular fanboys in the audience, and Walter Mossberg will come up to ask Steve how he likes his balls handled while he gently caresses them.


You sound slightly bitter.

Hercules said,
It's called AppleTV Redux (or some such name).
It has all these new features (features already in Windows Media Center or Netflix)
It only costs XXX (about two times what the competing ones do)

If the speculation about new features (and price) for the revamped AppleTV are correct then, while it will have features similar to Media Center, it will still be far cheaper than buying a computer just to use as one. The price would likely be about the same as the Roku Netflix box (while having more features).

Just so you know, I have a computer connected to my TV as a media center, and used to have one of the Roku boxes, so I'm not simply an Apple fanboy.

Northgrove said,

You sound slightly bitter.
Not really -- I just know what Apple sells, and it's mostly marketing and less the technology. Only Steve Jobs can sell crappier products for more money. Eventually that will come to an end because Steve Jobs won't be with Apple forever, and then what will they do? They might have to compete on even terms with others -- and they will be screwed.

roadwarrior said,

If the speculation about new features (and price) for the revamped AppleTV are correct then, while it will have features similar to Media Center, it will still be far cheaper than buying a computer just to use as one. The price would likely be about the same as the Roku Netflix box (while having more features).

Just so you know, I have a computer connected to my TV as a media center, and used to have one of the Roku boxes, so I'm not simply an Apple fanboy.

As it stands right now, I get the exact same utility that Apple TV is "supposed" to offer out of my Xbox. It costs less, and I can play games on it as well.

Hercules said,
As it stands right now, I get the exact same utility that Apple TV is "supposed" to offer out of my Xbox. It costs less, and I can play games on it as well.

when did Xbox and Windows media player add apps! now i want an xbox..

ILikeTobacco said,

when did Xbox and Windows media player add apps! now i want an xbox..


Want apps? Grab your laptop while you watch TV on the Xbox. =)
I'm a fan of Apple, proudly, but I do find my Xbox 360 does the job just fine, with less restriction.

Alladaskill said,

Want apps? Grab your laptop while you watch TV on the Xbox. =)
I'm a fan of Apple, proudly, but I do find my Xbox 360 does the job just fine, with less restriction.

Hercules said the XBox has "the exact same" which can only mean Xbox has apps since that is an absolute statement..

The tiny screened device will almost guaranteed be the shuffle, a new nano wouldn't go backwards by about 2 or 3 generations.