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Fall Apple Event

August 30, 2010 - Dave Hecei

This Wednesday, September 1st, Apple will be holding an event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Over the years, this is the time and place where Apple announces new iPods and other music related software, hardware, and services. There is no doubt that we will see some new iPods on Wednesday, but there is the possibility of some other quite wondrous things to be unveiled by Apple.

The most likely candidate for updating is the iPod Touch. With a newly redesigned iPhone, which the Touch is based on, it seems logical that the Touch will get the same treatment. It should look pretty much identical to an iPhone 4 with the same glass front and back and silver band around the middle. Since the Touch is not an actual phone, it shouldn't suffer from the antenna problems plaguing some iPhone 4 owners.

While no one outside of Apple circle knows for sure what the Touch will look like, it is rumored to have the same camera setup as the new iPhone. This would mean that the Touch will be able to shoot HD video and, this is a big and, if it has the front facing camera, it will be able to do Face Time video calls. This will expand the Face Time universe, which until now was limited to only iPhone 4s.

Another rumor is a new iPod Nano. There have been pictures of a new smaller touch screen floating about the Internet. This part has supposedly been linked to Apple. If used in a new Nano, this could mean that the Nano could have a dramatic change. Instead of being long and narrow, the Nano could become a more boxy square shape (maybe similar to the 3rd generation square Nano).

Since the screen is touch sensitive, the standard Apple control wheel can be eliminated. If the Nano becomes a 'touch' device, it will then have to run iOS4, Apple's touch enabled operating system. If this happens then the Nano could be the BIG news for this event. The Nano will then become the fourth device capable of running Apps from the App Store.

The biggest rumor, and one many are looking forward to seeing, is a new updated Apple TV. There have been reports on this for many months, and this is a likely place for Apple to unveil it. The Apple TV is a small box, similar to the Mac mini, but without any optical drive. It has a built-in 160GB hard drive, along with connections for Internet/network and video outputs for an HDTV. The Apple TV is used in conjunction with your iTunes account, on a Mac or Windows PC, allowing you to watch video content from your own library, or TV shows and movies you have purchased from iTunes. Since iTunes has 'movie rentals', it can be used with this content as well.

The rumored new Apple TV is to be called iTV and looks to be radically different. Instead of having a hard drive, it has no media storage capabilities. The iTV is rumored to be more like an iPod Touch than the current Apple TV. This means that it will run iOS4, the same OS as on the new iPhone.

If this rumor is true, this makes yet another device capable of running Apps from the Apple App Store. Of course this device would have no display other than the HDTV it is attached to. It will play all the same content that the Apple TV can play. But just think of the possibility to run the same HD Apps that are currently available for the Apple iPad on a much bigger screen - in your living room. Plus, there could be Apps in the store just for this device. This could bring a whole new line of true-HD video games.

It will be interesting to see just what Apple has in store for us this year. Other possibilities are: new iLife suite, iWorks, and 99 cent TV shows. The event is this Wednesday at 10 AM Pacific Time, 1 PM Eastern.


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