updated 05:50 pm EST, Wed December 23, 2009
Apple may have Yerba Buena rented out
Apple's January event is slated for the 26th of that month, an alleged leak maintains today. The firm is believed to have rented out the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco to unveil a "major" product on January 26th. It would also have access to the small theater for "several days," most likely for Steve Jobs or other Apple executives to conduct final rehearsals in advance of the actual presentation.
Traditionally, Apple has used the Yerba Buena Center for media-oriented rollouts such as iPod and iTunes updates.
What would be introduced isn't directly provided by the source for the Financial Times, but it comes after a flurry of rumors in the past day of Apple unveiling its tablet the same month. One of these expressed a strong level of confidence that it will actually involve a 7-inch screen rather than the 10-inch model supposed by many.
It's increasingly suspected that the tablet's larger screen area will be used not just for upsized iPhone apps but as a key delivery vehicle for Apple's media strategy, such as possible iTunes TV subscriptions or tablet-oriented versions of books and magazines.