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Apple Starts Production on MacBook Air Refresh ➝

Kasper Jade and Neil Hughes:

Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo exclusively told AppleInsider that the Mac maker has placed orders for the production of a total of 380,000 Sandy Bridge-based 11.6 and 13.3-inch MacBook Airs this month.

I hope this is true. I want a MacBook Air and have decided not to buy until these upgrades hit.

iWork ’11 to be Released Alongside Mac App Store ➝

Neil Hughes and Kasper Jade are reporting that iWork ’11 is planned to be released alongside the Mac App Store. Writing last week on AppleInsider:

People familiar with the matter say development of iWork ’11 wrapped up this fall and the software was initially slated for an introduction alongside iLife ’11 last month, but was held back at the last minute for undisclosed reasons.

Apple’s revised plans currently call for the company to launch the new productivity suite alongside the forthcoming Mac App Store, these same people say.

iWork was prominently displayed in the Mac App Store during the on-stage demo at last months event and is also shown in images on Apple’s Mac App Store page.

Whether iWork ’11 is ready or not it would be smart of Apple to release them alongside the Mac App Store. iWork is a very popular software suite and the Mac App Store would benefit from a big application release being available exclusively in the Mac App Store on day one.

Apple Holding Media Event September 1

Jim Dalrymple reports for The Loop that Apple will be holding a special media event on September 1 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, California.

Historically Apple has held events in September to announce new iPods and other music-related products. And make no mistake, there has been no lack of rumors since invitations went out just a few days ago.

Although the guitar image in the invitation implies that music will be the focus of the event, this doesn’t rule out the possibility of a “one more thing” announcement at the end of the event unveiling a new Apple TV. This seems even more likely when you consider the numerous reports of a new $1-per-episode price point in iTunes for TV shows.

Cult of Mac’s Leander Kahney claims that someone with connections inside Apple has told them that Apple will be announcing $1 TV shows soon, likely at this upcoming event. But instead of $1 per episode, that fee would give you access to the entire catalog of a given TV show. E.g. pay $1 per month for the Office and have access to all of the shows episodes as long as you continue to pay the fee.

Cult of Mac’s information doesn’t jibe with Bloomberg’s reports of $0.99 TV show rentals with 48 hour viewing windows. I suppose we’ll have to wait until Wednesday for more information, unless somebody leaks it early.

Apple’s iPod announcements haven’t been left out of the rumor mill, though. Jeremy Horowitz reports in iLounge that The fourth-generation iPod touch will lose the dome shaped back and go back to one that looks more like the first-generation iPod touch’s back. He has heard that the rear-facing camera will be there and that the iPod touch will likely have a microphone and not a camera flash.

There have also been rumors of a much smaller iPod nano that would use that 1.7-inch touchscreen that was floating around last month. iLounge has published images of, what are claimed to be, cases for the next-generation iPod touch and iPod nano. Adding more credence to the rumor, Neil Hughes and Kasper Jade report on AppleInsider that the iPod nano will be shrunken to a size more similar to the iPod shuffle’s size but will retain its 30-pin dock connector.

In the aforementioned AppleInsider piece they also mention the possibility of a new iLife suite the the potential for a 3G-capable iPod touch. Like I said, there is no lack of rumors. There’s even rumors of an iTunes update that will add more social features.

But just like most other Apple events, it is highly unlikely that all of the rumors will be incorporated at this event. If I were a betting man, I’d put my money on an iPod touch with FaceTime, a new iPod nano that will use that 1.7-inch touchscreen, some sort of $1 price point for TV shows, a new iOS based Apple TV, and iOS 4.1 for iPhone and iPod touch (not iPad).

Unfortunately, I have to work on the day of the event so I won’t be able to follow along at home as I usually do. But if a $99 Apple TV is announced, I’ll come home with credit card in-hand to place my order.

The Tablet’s Physical Design ➝

Kasper Jade reporting for AppleInsider:

When Apple finally takes the wraps off its long-anticipated tablet next Wednesday, the device will strike a familiar chord with owners of the original iPhone, with similarities in industrial design trickling all the way down to the handset’s button and connectivity components, AppleInsider has learned.

I think we’ve all assumed that the tablet would look a lot like a bigger iPhone. What’s more interesting is the ports and connectivity that the tablet offers. It’ll obviously have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a headphone jack, but Kasper Jade also says that it will have speakers, a microphone, GPS, 3G, and a 30-pin dock connector.

iLounge corroborates on the design but says that the tablet will have two dock connectors so that it can be docked in either portrait or landscape orientations, also giving added flexibility to accessory makers.

Next iPhone May Have An LED Flash ➝

Kasper Jade writing for AppleInsider:

People familiar with Apple’s initiative claim the electronics maker is seeking allotments of LED camera flash components in the tens of millions for delivery during the 2010 calendar year, meaning future iPhones — and possibly the iPod touch — are the most likely recipients of those parts, due to their sales volume.

Poor camera quality is something that the iPhone has been criticized for in the past. The 3.2MP camera with auto-focus in the current iPhone 3GS was a huge leap in the right direction. But, anyone who has tried to take a picture with their iPhone in low light knows an LED flash would be a big deal.

AppleInsider isn’t the only one talking about the next iPhone. Bloomberg reports Goldman Sachs analyst Robert Chen who said the following in an interview:

Apple’s going to put a lot of innovation, not just on the hardware, but also on the software of the new iPhone.

Chen mentions an improved camera and a touch-sensitive casing as some of the new features. He compared the touch-sensitive casing to that of the Magic Mouse’s.

I can’t really imagine what the new case would be used for and it seems a little too far fetched to me. But then again, if you told me two years ago that Apple was going to release a one-button mouse without a scroll ball, I would have thought you were crazy.

Updated iMac and Mac mini Coming in October ➝

Kasper Jade reports for AppleInsider that Apple has issued an advisory to retail stores stating that all existing iMac and Mac mini SKUs will be discontinued.

There have been several rumors in the past few months indicating that the iMac would be refreshed but this latest report all but confirms it. A couple of AppleInsider reports that I had written about previously rumored “compelling new features,” price cuts, and an “industrial design overhaul” for the iMac.

Last week Kasper Jade also reported that the new iMac designs are already being manufactured, and have been so for a couple of weeks. In the AppleInsider report Jade also writes that the upcoming iMac will “take design cues from the Cupertino-based company’s relatively new LED-lit Cinema Display offerings.”

Meanwhile Mac4Ever (Google Translated) has received a number of tips that suggest the inclusion of an SD card slot, the use of quad-core processors, and the possibility of Xeon processors. Although the inclusion of an SD card slot seems logical, I would suggest taking Mac4Ever’s rumors with grain of salt, they don’t exactly have the most fantastic track record in terms of breaking news about new macs.

Because of the stock constraints, the new iMac and Mac mini models will likely be released sometime in October.

8/8/09: Upcoming iMacs to Release with ‘Compelling New Features’
6/30/09: Cheaper iMacs May Be Coming This Fall

Update 9/30/09: Some further indications that the Mac mini and iMac will be seeing a refresh, possibly before October 9:

  • The shipping window for the low-end Mac mini has changed from the usual “Within 24hrs” to “1-3 business days.”
  • TUAW has received a tip from an Apple Store employee claiming that his store only has 4 iMacs in stock.
  • Another TUAW tipster ordered a Mac mini on September 18 and today received an email saying that the machine wouldn’t ship until October 9.

Update 10/3/09: Kasper Jade, of AppleInsider, Believes that Apple will announce updated MacBooks alongside the new iMac and Mac mini.

Meanwhile Sam Oliver is reporting that shipping times for the MacBook, Mac mini, and iMac been changed on the online Apple Store for Resellers. The wait times for these macs are much longer than the “1-3 business days” that usually appears on the Apple Store for Resellers.

Update 10/3/09: AppleInsider | Apple ads hint at thinner iMacs, lighter MacBooks, cheaper Mac minis

Update 10/20/09: Mac mini with OS X Server and Multi-Touch Trackpad for Desktop Macs

Update 10/20/09: Apple Updates MacBook with LED-Backlight, Glass Trackpad, 7 Hour Battery

Update 10/20/09: Apple Unveils New iMac with 21.5 and 27-inch 16:9 Displays

Update 10/20/09: Apple Updates Mac mini, Offers Server Model