updated 12:15 pm EDT, Tue September 22, 2009
Shifting priorities at Apple
The rumored Apple tablet device is now getting the maximum possible attention from CEO Steve Jobs, accounts say. Although the claim does not differ significantly from earlier reports, new information suggests that the executive considers the tablet to be extremely important, such that it is being deliberately held back from a holiday 2009 release. The goal is to have the most exciting launch possible, and so the tablet should instead become available in 2010, in keeping with some other rumors.
The Apple TV is conversely said to be on a fast track towards a refresh, having long been neglected except for a recent price cut. Both the hardware and software teams responsible for the Apple TV are said to be putting in extra working hours, which could mean the device will be refreshed in time for the holidays, or least early 2010. It is unknown what features may be added, but these could include significantly higher storage capacities, 1080p support, and implementation of recent iTunes technologies such as Home Sharing, iTunes Extras and iTunes LP.