Tomorrow Apple has scheduled an event titled “Let’s Rock” for the Yerba Buena Center for the Performing Arts in San Francisco. The timing of the event has everyone assuming the event will be Apple’s introduction of a new set of iPod devices going into the holiday season.
It would seem logical that we should expect a new set of iPods. The “Back to School” event will end today meaning that the stock levels of iPods are probably at one of the lowest levels of the year.
Apple insider sites and other rumor mongers are throwing out several theories of what could be announced at tomorrow’s event. They run the gambit of yet another iteration of the iPod Nano with an even larger display to a new iPod Touch with photo capabilities and larger capacities.
Some are reporting a new device that would compete with the netbook offerings. Sort of a super sized iPod touch tablet. It is probably doubtful that this device will make its entry now. It is more realistic that we would see such a device in the February timeframe or just in time for the Consumer Electronics Show.
With Apple no longer a part of the Macworld conference I would expect them to make a bigger splash at CES and what better way to do that than with a brand new form factor tablet computer.
The impending Apple event means I will spend the night taking inventory of all the Apple devices I currently have and begin forming my justification that I will use shortly after tomorrow’s event to explain to my wife why I simply cannot live without the newest Apple gadget regardless of what it is.
I’m hoping for a larger capacity iPod Touch perhaps 64 GB which would double the size of the 32 GB device I currently have. Better battery life would also be a welcomed addition as my son is constantly draining his iPod touch through constant playing of the games and music. His barely lasts a day before needing recharging. Even a modest increase in battery would be greeted with excitement in our household.
The rumors or including a camera with the next version of iPod Touch don’t really interest me. I already have an iPhone in addition to the various point and shoot cameras at my disposal. Until either the iPhone or iPod Touch has an optical zoom they are of limited use to me as a camera.
Having the ability to take video similar to the iPhone 3Gs could be interesting but again I’m not sure how useful that may be with limited optics. It will again come down to battery efficiency as to whether I would consider such a device.
Tonight will be one where I’ll dream of the future and hope that Apple and the returning Steve Jobs will have “one more thing” up their sleeve to make this an event to remember and rocket Apple products back to the top of my Christmas list.