Apple January 26th Event 'Confirmed' by Internal Source? Focus on 'Mobility Space'?

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001
    [​IMG] claims to have received confirmation from a "source inside Apple" that the company will in fact be holding a media event on January 26th in San Francisco. According to the source, the "big" event will focus on the "mobility space", suggesting an iPhone, iPod touch, or, as many people expect, tablet announcement.
    Anticipation has continued to build as Apple appears to be coming closer to the long-rumored release of its tablet device. While the company has remained silent about any possible launch of such a device, rumors and tidbits of information, including recent discoveries suggesting that the device may be called the iSlate or iGuide, have fed the frenzy of anticipation.

    Earlier this week, Cloned in China pointed to a Chinese-language article [Google translation] about a blog post apparently from former Google China president Kai-Fu Lee claiming that device will in fact be introduced in January at a price point of under $1000 and will carry a 10.1" multi-touch screen and offer an "amazing user interface", video conferencing capabilities, and e-book offerings in a package described as a "large iPhone". Lee also claims that Apple is expecting first-year sales of 10 million units, far above most observers' expectations at this time.

    Lee theoretically could be in a position to have information about the Apple tablet, as his current venture capital company has attracted Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn as an investor. Furthermore, Lee was an executive at Apple during the early 1990s and oversaw development of the Apple Newton handheld device among other projects. Later in the decade, after a stint at SGI, Lee was reportedly personally invited back to Apple by Steve Jobs despite the two never having spoken before, an offer Lee declined in order to return to his native China with Microsoft.

    One would think that Lee's reputation and experience in the industry with such heavyweights as Apple, Google, Microsoft and SGI would cause him to refrain from publicly sharing any inside information he might have on such a secret project as the tablet, but it is an intriguing possibility, despite the lack of any new, groundbreaking details.

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  2. zedsdead macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    Mobility...could be a number of things:

    (1) Tablet
    (2) Laptop Updates, particularly the Air, which is in dire need of a redesign and price drop
    (3) iPod Touch with Camera

    Although what I want more than anything is a new Apple TV:(
  3. DipDog3 macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2002
    Funny if they just release some new software or something.

    With all the hype it has to be the Tablet or Nothing!
  4. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    I would LMFAO if no tablet was announced... but then 5 mins later I would cry...
    The humour of having all these tablet-rumours proven to be complete rubbish, does not outweigh the negative effect if Apple don't deliver some form of tablet.
    An iPhone 4.0, iPod Touch w/ camera, new Displays, new Mac Pro are all expected new Apple products for first half of 2010.

    Seriously, what else can justify the "big event"?
  5. kmiahali macrumors regular


    Jul 28, 2008
    Manhattan, NYC
    This has to be the new Apple tablet, because iPod refreshes are usually later on in the year.
  6. ChazUK macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2008
    Essex (UK)
    Could feature some Cloud Computing things too.

    I can't wait to see what happens!
  7. jonnyb macrumors 65816

    Jan 21, 2005
    Rye/London, UK
    The 'Mobility Space'? What on earth has happened to the English language?
  8. OSX10.6 macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2009
    Hold Up, I bought a new iPod on the 26th of December... Are you telling me that in a month, there will be a new iPod with the camera? This is BS.

    Well - I predict something else for this event.

    1. Refreshed MacBook Pro 13", 15" and 17"
    2. Refreshed Mac Pro (New Look, Six-Core or Eight Core)*
    3. New LED 30" Display*
    4. Announcement of iPhone OS 4.0
    5. Tablet (iSlate)

    *Does not go with the Mobility Theme
  9. Optimus Frag macrumors regular

    Apr 25, 2008
    North Yorkshire, England
    #9 is part of the Murdoch empire. As such they could tell me the sky is blue and I'd feel the need to go outside and check.
  10. appleguy123 macrumors 604


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    ANy chance it could be an introduction of Mac OS 10.7 with one of the new features being extended cloud computing? Or is it too soon?
    TEchnology is an ever changing market. Anything you buy will be "Out of date" in a few months anyway.
  11. derek1984 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 5, 2008
  12. iMacmatician macrumors 601

    Jul 20, 2008
    WWDC 2010.
  13. Ke1ington macrumors 6502a


    Dec 29, 2009
    I'd like to believe that Apple has broken their mold and are set to release an update to the iPod Touch/iPhone line or an early release of iPhone 4.0. They seem like a company who would despise being predictable.

    Of course that's wild, baseless speculation and, moreso, wishful thinking.
  14. puckhead193 macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
  15. OSX10.6 macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2009
    But common, it hasn't even been six months since the last iPod refresh. I still don't believe this will come out.
  16. griz macrumors 6502a

    Dec 18, 2003
    New London, NH
    A number of things to consider here.
    One. The Macbook Air has not been refreshed in a while which could mean that the tablet is its replacement.
    Two. The tablet, if released now, will need to be running full OS X since there would be no lead time for software development.
    (Notice I said release and not announce)
    Three. If this device includes full OS X, it will need a completely new way of interacting with the screen which combines touch capability while giving the user complete point and click control they are used to with a mouse.
    Think finger motion tracking over the display with pressure click sensitivity.

    I also believe that there is the possibility that Apple will include a software version of the iPhone or iPod Touch interface where you could run a large number of the touch apps inside of this environment.

    Lastly, it is my firm belief that Apple has been grooming us for some time now for the use of an on screen keyboard given how the most recent keyboards are now all flat.
  17. Pachang macrumors regular

    Dec 17, 2009
    Mobility Space noun*The set of products defined by the entire collection of mobile products and possible variations of them.
  18. darthraige macrumors 68000


    Aug 8, 2007
    Coruscant, but Boston will do.
    iPhone on Verizon will be announced for late 2010. That will be the one more thing.

    He'll talk about the iPhone last and give us all the statistics and carriers around the world with check marks. Then underneath it all will be Verizon's red check mark.
  19. mac jones macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2006
    That Lee guy is probably guessing like everyone else that's why he's openly talking about it.

    (Those Chinese translations are dangerous ;) )
  20. infodriveway macrumors member


    Jul 23, 2002
    Bellingham, Washington, US
    Congratulations. You have summarized this whole story.

    Moderator, can we please close this thread?
  21. joshuwack macrumors member

    Nov 6, 2009
    Sounds more like a wishlist than a prediction :rolleyes:
  22. jonnyb macrumors 65816

    Jan 21, 2005
    Rye/London, UK
    Typing your answer in the style of a dictionary doesn't make it a noun, I'm afraid :)

    It's a horrible sounding phrase. Why not just say the event will focus on mobile products? I still like plain English the best.
  23. espressoroast macrumors member


    Feb 3, 2008
    I am hoping for a good refresh on the MBP and the Air.
    Maybe iPhone OS update,
    leading into the main event ("one more thing"), the tablet, as an announcement.

    It's a dream scenario but hope springs eternal, right?:)
  24. str1f3 macrumors 68000

    Aug 24, 2008
    My guess is:
    -8GB 3GS
    -iPod touch with camera

    Interesting that it is said that Apple is projecting to sell 10 million units when it will be just an oversized iPhone. The only way they could sell that many is if it was sold at a very low price which Alex Albrecht has rumored on Diggnation.
  25. riversky macrumors regular

    Mar 19, 2005
    Since the MacBook Air hasn't been updated for a long time perhaps the iSlate is it's replacement.

    Some low power/full multitouch/Mac tablet rather than a new iPhone based device. Perhaps a emulator to run iPhone apps as well as full mac apps.

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