updated 02:40 pm EST, Mon January 4, 2010
Apple event on 27th may show iPhone OS 4
Apple's late January event could have more than just the anticipated tablet itself in store, a rumor suggests. Certain developers have allegedly been seeded a beta of the iPhone OS 4.0 development kit that, among other adaptations, would include a simulator and tools to accommodate a new resolution and screen area.
While the existence of the SDK isn't yet confirmed by itself, it corroborates stories that Apple has been hand-picking developers in advance to have them convert existing iPhone apps to run in a tablet-friendly interface. Historically, Apple has also regularly shown beta versions of the iPhone OS before the end of the winter, though this has usually taken place in March.
Word of the software side of the tablet comes as a second rumor maintains that the event itself may also take place a day later than originally expected. Those in a "position to know" say the Apple presentation is actually scheduled for January 27th but will remain at the Yerba Buena Center in downtown San Francisco. The Digital Daily tip is short on details but does allude to a "major product announcement" that's assumed to involve the long-rumored tablet.
Past rumors referencing a January event have stated that the tablet if present wouldn't actually ship until March or even April, which may either stem from production issues or now refinement of the iPhone OS 4.0 firmware in time for the event.