updated 12:50 pm EDT, Mon August 31, 2009
Sept. 9th iPod event a go
Through an e-mail invitation, Apple has confirmed plans for a music-related related press event, scheduled for September 9th. Little official is known about Apple's plans, but the event will be held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. It should also focus on iPods, given the presence of an iPod touch silhouette in invitation art.
While Apple has regularly announced new iPods in September, expectations are elevated at the moment due to unusual rumors. It is thought that the Touch, Nano and even Classic may be gaining cameras, enabling photo and/or video functions. The Nano may adopt a taller screen, and it is likely that most iPods (excluding the Shuffle) will be given better storage capacities. The event could moreover see the announcement of iTunes 9, said to support Blu-ray, social networking and possibly even third-party device sync.
Considered less likely is the introduction of Apple's tablet device. Though described by some as resembling an oversized iPod touch, it may be considered too general-purpose to be revealed under a music theme. The most probable release timeframe is believed to be the first quarter of next year.