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Apple planning January news with tablet in store?

updated 06:15 pm EST, Tue December 22, 2009

Leak claims January news, tablet possible

Apple is planning an unveiling in January for an unspecified product, a rumor asserted Tuesday evening. As part of a leak whose sources back reports of an iTunes TV subscription plan, the Financial Times claims that Apple is "preparing an announcement" for next month. The newspaper says it has no knowledge of what the event would include but speculates that the often-rumored tablet could make its appearance.

Until it decided to opt out for 2010, the Mac designer had often used Macworld San Francisco each January to unveil new hardware or software. In recent years this had most often involved new versions of iLife and iWork but also entirely new products, such as the iPhone and MacBook Air, as well as major revisions to previous computers. The company has declined to attend CES or other events and usually runs its own.

A January unveiling casts some doubt on a tablet as the prior rumor had said the tablet would launch in March, while another had it in mass production for February. However, if repeated claims of built-in 3G have merit, Apple may choose an early unveiling to prevent the FCC from spoiling its plans, much as with iPhone releases. This year Apple was successful in preventing the FCC from publishing data until just after the iPhone 3GS was available.

Touching on the TV strategy, the sources claim that Time Warner's TBS and Viacom have so far been "unconvinced" by Apple's proposal. Many have expected stiff resistance to a flat-rate iTunes TV viewing plan from studios that are partnered with a cable or satellite network, such as Time Warner and Comcast's NBC, as it would let customers drop their cable TV service in favor of the cheaper, more portable alternative.

Unnamed book publisher "sector executives" are also understood to have been courted about the Apple tablet. Again, the story supports talk of an e-book focus for the tablet as Apple hopes to use the large screen for reading in addition to video, apps and the web. [image via Berg]

By Electronista Staff
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  1. jamesfabin

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    I hope it is....

    The next Mac Pro - I'm eager to upgrade mine and am awaiting the announcement of the next Mac Pro. A 12-core system, tuned to run nice and fast, would be helpful in FCP and Motion.

  1. MikeD

    Mac Elite

    Joined: Oct 1999


    Same 'what if' as always...

    Every time there is an event scheduled, they always have a news item that reads 'Possible mac tablet' or similar... sigh... Then when S.Jobs and Apple come out and say, 'we're upgrading iTunes!' Everyone gets mad and 'hates' Apple.

  1. Fast iBook

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    It's the iWalk.

    - A

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001



    After all these years, it will finally be revealed.

    The Powerbook G5!

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001



    You have to love these stories. Not only are mythical devices being reported, but now we're reading about what rumored devices will be unveiled at a rumored media event.

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