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Rumors: Apple has iPad video app, no Jobs at Oct. 4 event

updated 10:30 am EDT, Mon October 3, 2011

Jobs not expected to show at October 4

Possible content for the October 4 iPhone event came Monday through a late-breaking claim. Rackspace' social media presence Robert Scoble understood from unnamed sources that Apple was working on a presumably video-focused iPad app that "looks a lot like DirecTV without the dish." What it would involve wasn't said, but he linked it to the North Carolina datacenter's video hosting and that it would be "more expansive" than suspected.

He also corroborated a commonly accepted view that the event wouldn't include recently left CEO Steve Jobs. The recently resigned co-founder is "just not feeling well enough" to make a public appearance, Scoble claimed.

Some have been speculating that Jobs might make a guest appearance, either on stage or in the audience, but observers have argued that Apple will want to focus on new CEO Tim Cook and current management. The company has often paid very little attention to nostalgia and may want to reassure both investors and the public that it doesn't need Jobs to guide its product strategy. When he resigned, Jobs had said that he didn't believe he could continue to run Apple.

While acting mostly on speculation, Scoble added that he believed there would be a major Facebook presence at the Apple event that could include the same level of integration that Twitter will have. He also thought that Apple would push AirPlay much more heavily as part of a content strategy, although this appeared to be based more on a desire to emphasize an Apple advantage over Android than anything definite.

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  1. SergioRS

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    They could really spark sales of AppleTV by making a dead simple drag and beam application (a la Erica Sadun's AirFlick) for OSX and Windows - like a chaperoned sojourn outside the walled garden.

  1. iphonerulez

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    I hope Apple's iPhone 5 event

    tears the cover off the baseball and knocks it well out of the park and thereby crushes all smartphone competition in one swing of the bat. I'll still be rather disappointed if Steve Jobs doesn't show up at all. I hope his health allows him to make some sort of showing even if he can't deliver any lengthy speech.

  1. sammaffei

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    Wonder if...

    this is a NetFlix coup. I mean, NetFlix is down now. Could be the time for Apple to strike a "Death Blow."

  1. facebook_Joe

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    Maybe Steve via Facetime

    Maybe they'll show off some new stuff in iOS 5 and Steve would make an appearance from home via Facetime.

  1. hayesk

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    So, this person is claiming, at an event with the tag-line "Let's talk iPhone", that they are going to introduce an iPad app?

  1. jdonahoe

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    re: Wonder if...

    Maybe Apple could use all those billions and buy Netflix outright. To the cloud. By the way, they're (Netflix) is up $4 this morning.

  1. c4rlob

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    video voicemail alert icon?

    Maybe the alert icon on the invite that went out refers to a video voicemail feature?!!! Using Facetime to not just call someone, but to leave someone a video voicemail would be a very cool feature!
    And I hope they add the Siri speech recognition technology to voicemail too, because the transcribing in Google Voice still sucks!

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