A few days ago, I wrote about Apple’s rumored “event” on Apps and Media that was supposed to take place this afternoon, wondering what it would look like. It turns out this wasn’t a public-facing event at all, which actually makes more sense. Instead, this was a small gathering of press and developers at a New York apartment that Apple keeps for more intimate events and demonstrations.
So we all thought there would be an Apple event back in October. It fit the pattern of recent years. There was hardware that we all thought would be released before the Holiday shopping season. The AirPods Pro and 16″ MacBook Pro seemed event-worthy when paired. Add in a rumored iPad Pro refresh, AirTiles and an Apple TV update, and it all seemed to make sense. But then October came and went with no event.
Apple usually gives us some hints as to what’s coming on their event invites, pointing the way to what’s right around the corner. Sometimes they are very subtle hints that spark interesting theories and discussion. This time around, not so much.
As we get closer to Apple’s Education Event at 10 AM Central on Tuesday, March 27, we are starting to get more details. I think we all already had a pretty good idea that we would see the updated iPad that has been rumored for months. It also seems pretty obvious that we will see a few Apple software updates geared toward education. Then there was the rumored update and price cut to the MacBook Air, as well. Now we have a few more blanks filled in.
Today is Apple’s long-awaited ‘Lets Talk iPhone’ event. It’s the event at which they’ll announce a new iPhone 5, or an iPhone 4S, or perhaps both. A huge day for iPhone fans – especially as this year the iPhone event is around 3 months ‘overdue’.
While the focus will clearly be on the iPhone today, there may well a fair bit of major iPad-related news as well. Here are just a few things we might get to hear about today that would be big news for many iPad owners:
— Facebook iPad App: We’ve known for months that the code for this app was already complete or very close to it – there was even a brief window where some of us got a chance to try it out. Its announcement has been expected for ages and today’s event seems as good a time and place as any to see it finally happen.
— iOS 5 Public Release Date and Gold Master Release: We should almost certainly hear a date for the public release of iOS 5 today. iOS 5 is the next major update to the iPad and iPhone operating system – and it brings a wealth of great new features for the iPad. Hopefully we will also hear that a Gold Master build of iOS 5 is released today for iOS developers.
— Lots of Talk about AirPlay: Probably not any new news on this topic, but much highlighting of just how cool this feature is – especially the awesome new AirPlay Mirroring in iOS 5.
— iOS App Rentals: Rumors about rentals becoming part of the App Store have surfaced over the last few days, based on strings of code referring to them in the latest iTunes beta. The ability to rent apps before buying would be a nice step and would help address the lack of trial software.
— An iPad TV App of Some Kind from Apple Themselves: I’ve only seen this mentioned once, by Robert Scoble on Google+. Not much detail here:
I’m hearing that Apple is working on a new iPad app that looks a lot like DirecTV without the dish, too.
It’s going to be an exciting day – for iPhone and iPad fans. Just knowing an iOS 5 release date is big news in its own right, and hopefully we’ll get plenty more than that.
One of the foundational elements of the Apple experience has always been a sense of community. Being from a Windows background, I only have a few years of personal experience with this phenomenon, but I have always been aware of its existence. If you haven’t been a part of the Apple ecosystem for very long, it can be a little difficult to understand, but it is everywhere you look. From enthusiast sites and blogs, to podcasts, to user groups, to the Apple retail stores themselves, there is something at the core of the Apple experience that seems to inspire a higher lever of loyalty and devotion than your typical computer or electronics manufacturer.
At today’s special Apple event, Steve Jobs announced that iOS 4.2 will be released in November and that it is ‘all about the iPad’.
So the good news is that we now have a better timeframe for when mutlitasking and a major OS update will hit the iPad. The not so good news is that the timeframe is November. So much for hoping Fall might mean September.
iOS 4.2 will be a major update though, and as impatient as I am to see it, I know it will be well worth the wait.
Apple has announced that they’ll be live-streaming their latest ‘special event’ tomorrow, September 1. The event is scheduled to start at 10AM PDT / 1:00PM Eastern tomorrow.
Apple® will broadcast its September 1 event online using Apple’s industry-leading HTTP Live Streaming, which is based on open standards. Viewing requires either a Mac® running Safari® on Mac OS® X version 10.6 Snow Leopard®, an iPhone® or iPod touch® running iOS 3.0 or higher, or an iPad™. The live broadcast will begin at 10:00 a.m. PDT on September 1, 2010 at www.apple.com.
Very cool that we’ll be able to tune in via an iPad as well.
Just in case you hadn’t already heard, the official Apple video of Steve Jobs’ WWDC 2010 keynote address is out now at the Apple site. If you didn’t get enough news yesterday on the keynote and the new iPhone 4 announcement, or you just want to see how Steve coped when there were ‘network issues’ and his demos were failing, then you don’t need to wait any longer.
Check out the video at Apple’s page here: