Apple to host product event in January: report

SAN FRANCISCO Thu Dec 24, 2009 9:36am EST

Shoppers walk near the Apple Store on Market Street during the holiday shopping season in San Francisco, California December 23, 2009. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Shoppers walk near the Apple Store on Market Street during the holiday shopping season in San Francisco, California December 23, 2009.

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc has reserved space in late January at a venue in San Francisco in advance of a planned product announcement, the Financial Times reported on its blog on Wednesday.

The company has rented a stage at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and is expected to make a "major product announcement" on Tuesday, January 26, the report said, citing people familiar with the plans.

Apple declined to comment. The Yerba Buena Center could not immediately be reached for comment

The report comes amid mounting excitement about Apple's rumored plans to release a tablet computer. Apple has never confirmed the existence of the device -- which is said to resemble a larger iPhone or iPod touch -- but speculation has been rampant for months.

The FT report did not say whether Apple planned to unveil the tablet at the January event, but some analysts believe the company will launch the device in the spring, possibly in March.

Apple used the Yerba Buena Center last September when it hosted an iPod event that featured the first public appearance by Chief Executive Steve Jobs following his return from medical leave.

Shares of Apple closed up $1.74, or 0.9 percent, at $202.10 on the Nasdaq on Wednesday.

(Reporting by Gabriel Madway; Editing by Gary Hill)

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Comments (7)
jborrow wrote:
oh…oh what could it be?

maybe an iPhone with a bigger screen that can run apps simultaneously? maybe iTunes s/w that doesn’t have to upgrade every month? maybe products priced more in line with what the cost to make??

maybe…just maybe…

Dec 23, 2009 9:17pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Most likely next gen iPhone. What ever it is, hopefully it will be something that’s more ready for primetime than the half-baked, buggy Snow Leopard they released.

Dec 23, 2009 10:40pm EST  --  Report as abuse
msidoric wrote:
As a Snow Leopard user, and beta tester — the comments from TheyCallMeSteve are so far off base they don’t show on GPS. Snow Leopard is superbly crafted, and has proven to be more stable than any other modern OS.

TheyCallMeSteve should seek competent help to isolate his issues and resolve them.

Dec 24, 2009 12:08am EST  --  Report as abuse
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