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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.

Apple May Have a Touchscreen Netbook in Store for the Fall ➝

The InfoTimes (translated link below) is reporting that Apple will debut a touchscreen netbook in October. Foxconn, Wintek, and Dynapack are all listed as companies supplying parts to Apple for the device. Wintek will be the main manufacturer of the 9.7-inch touchscreens that will be in the netbook while Foxconn will be assembling it.

They go on to say that the netbook would not be priced similar to the rest of the netbook market (no surprise there) but instead will be sold for around $800 when it comes to market in October.

The odd thing about this story is that it calls the device a netbook not a tablet. It’s almost a fact that Apple has been working on a tablet, but a netbook is a completely different story. I’m willing to bet that information just got a little misinterpreted somewhere along the line, a tablet makes sense for Apple, a netbook does not. Especially at the $800 price point, the MacBook is already at $999 coming out with a similar device priced only $200 below the MacBook would be silly.

So let’s leave out the idea that this is a netbook and just assume that they meant tablet. The one bit of information that is unsurprisingly missing is what operating system the device would run. It seems to be pretty split down the middle among the opinionated people that I talk with about whether or not Apple should use Mac OS X or iPhone OS.

Because of the way that iPhone developers develop their applications I can’t see how the device could run anything other than Mac OS X but it is also possible that Apple has decided to sell this thing as an internet tablet device that also includes some apps built by Apple (at least until developers get around to building apps specifically for it).

I want a tablet, I know a lot of other people do to. It seems to me that if Apple doesn’t do it soon they will be leaving money on the table for other people (like Michael Arrington) to snatch up instead.

Apple Touchscreen Netbook to Launch in October at $800? – Mac Forums.