Apple Sends Out Invites for January 27th Media Event

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Apple has, at long last, sent out invitations to a media event the company is holding on January 27th. The event will be held in the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, and carries the tagline of, "Come see our latest creation."

Engadget broke the news Monday morning, but word began leaking that the company would hold such an event first leaked to the Financial Times and Fox News on December 30th of 2009.

It has been strongly speculated upon and vociferously pontificated about that Apple will unveil its long-awaited tablet device at this event, but the tagline and paint splatter graphics of the invitation do nothing to encourage such behavior.

Let the speculating and pontificating continue accordingly.

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Khaled

Will TMO be attending the event?

ziploc

Let me be the first to put out a new name and use based on the invitation clues…

Name: The Apple Palette (as in an artist’s palette)
Use: Not only an iPhone on steroids but hook it up to your computer (wirelessly of course) and it’s a Wacom palette on steroids!

jbruni

This is what Apple will announce as their new creation:

New Creation

Khaled

This is what Apple will announce as their new creation:

iEarth

Lee Dronick

Not only an iPhone on steroids but hook it up to your computer (wirelessly of course) and it?s a Wacom palette on steroids!


I too am thinking along those lines, or splatters as the case may be based upon the invitation design

Jeff Gamet

I’m still not seeing any direct evidence that Apple will be introducing a tablet device on the 27th based on the invitation. That said, I can’t begin to guess at what other surprises Apple could have in store. I’m betting people will literally explode from excitement leading up to the 27th.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

I’m with ziploc. Ideally, it would just be a tablet form factor Mac. A large form factor iPhone would be terrible. But something that straddled between the desktop and mobile device might be interesting.

As I’ve been learning to draw and impressing all the young people in my life with my goofy animal drawings, I definitely want to pick up a tablet to run pse. HPs new tm2 looks like it would fit the bill very nicely. In that price range, an Apple tablet probably needs to be a real Mac to entice me.

wilf53

@Khaled; I think the word Earth is copyrighted by someone who call himself Mr. Creature - or was it Creatore? Something like that. So I guess they will opt for iPlanet…

cb50dc

As for whether the splatters “MEAN” anything at all:

recall the broughaha over “It’s only rock’n'roll” as part of last September’s campaign, getting a Beatles/Stones thing wasting bandwidth.

Sometimes a splatter is just a splatter.

cb50dc

I think the word Earth is copyrighted by someone who call himself Mr. Creature

Forget copyrights. The uber-zealous zoning board of Coral Gables, Florida has already begun raising a stink about certain parts of the earth with pick-up trucks in their driveways. Even Apple’s $34+B bank account may not withstand the bureacracy of CG’s city hall.  smile

B Sturgis

This is what Apple will announce as their new creation:

the iGiveUp

Lee Dronick

Sometimes a splatter is just a splatter.

You have seen my keyboard drawer!

Yes it could be just the design, we will know next Monday.

Chris Miller

Someone on another forum pointed out that “latest” is just off being an anagram for “slate” (there being an extra ‘t’ left over).

As for the paint splotches, that seems to me to be a bit of a puckish reference to childrens’ fingerpainting “creations”.

Lee Dronick

As for the paint splotches, that seems to me to be a bit of a puckish reference to childrens? fingerpainting ?creations?.

Click here

palenoue

I’m going to set up a booth outside the event, selling pitchforks and torches for $500 each.  If Jobs _doesn’t_ announce a tablet/slate/whatever I figure I could sell everything in stock to the angry mobs that riot.

Bryan Chaffin

I?m going to set up a booth outside the event, selling pitchforks and torches for $500 each.? If Jobs _doesn?t_ announce a tablet/slate/whatever I figure I could sell everything in stock to the angry mobs that riot.

Add some tar to your kiosk, and maybe some feathers, and you could be a rich, rich man. smile

Lee Dronick

I?m going to set up a booth outside the event, selling pitchforks and torches for $500 each.? If Jobs _doesn?t_ announce a tablet/slate/whatever I figure I could sell everything in stock to the angry mobs that riot.

Obi-Wan Kenobi “I just felt a great disturbance in the Force, it is as if a million pundits’ heads suddenly asploded.”

geoduck

some tar to your kiosk, and maybe some feathers, and you could be a rich, rich man.

Never in the field of human Tech have so many, speculated so wildly, based on so little.

Lee Dronick

Never in the field of human Tech have so many, speculated so wildly, based on so little.


...“we shall rumor on the blogs, we shall rumor on the TV shows, we shall rumor in the magazines and in the streets, we shall rumor on the podcasts; we shall never surrender.”

You can’t pay for attention like Apple is getting with this event. The other night I watched my DVD of The Magic Christian, it is like Guy and Youngman Grand hawking “Now getting it ready for you.”

geoduck

Ask NOT what Apple can do for you
Ask what you can guess wildly about Apple

Wow, The Magic Christian. I haven’t seen that in years.

Lee Dronick

Wow, The Magic Christian. I haven?t seen that in years.

I too had not seen it in 40 years and it doesn’t seem ever show on Turner Classic Movies or such. A few months ago I was ordering some stuff from Amazon and treated myself to some DVDs.

I like the Badfinger song Carry On from the movie.

“In younger days, I told myself my life would be my own
And I’d leave the place where sunshine never shone
For my life’s too short for waiting when I see the rising sun
Then I know again that I must carry on.”

Unfortunately the track is not available on iTunes, nor is the movie. However, they do have the audio book.

Getting sort of on track see today’s, 18 Jan 2010, Joy of Tech then scroll back a few days to Wednesday’s (or try this direct link)

jbruni

Never in the field of human Tech have so many, speculated so wildly, based on so little.

Steve and company probably derive some sort of glee from watching this. I think it would be a blast—but that’s just me.

Steve, yelling down the hall to Tim Cook, “Hey Tim! Watch this!” (Writes email to WSJ reporter using an email anonymizer).

iJack

Obi-Wan Kenobi ?I just felt a great disturbance in the Force, it is as if a million pundits? heads suddenly asploded.?

Did he really say “asploded?”

Lee Dronick

Did he really say ?asploded??

He did! Not in the movie of course, they had to make a number changes to the script including cutting out my character. Anyway, at that time I was the Bosun on the Millennium Falcon and can attest that Obi-Wan said “asploded.” That reminds me, Chewie and I are overdue for getting together for a beer, I should send him an email. smile

Enough fun, for now. As you may remember a few months ago my iBook croaked, it did not asplode. I have been using my wife’s until Apple comes out with new MacBooks. So I am very much looking forward to Apple’s announcement next week.

xmattingly

Let the speculating and pontificating continue accordingly.

Haha, very nice Bryan. smile

Many of us have been guessticulating about what this thing could be over the past two or three years, and the hour is almost upon us. I think a lot of people view Apple as a sort of Willy Wonka factory for tech, and given the tag line they’re definitely playing on that.

For quite a while, I was guessing that “it” would be similar in form & function to a Nintendo DS (monitor on top, multi-touch on the bottom half), and it’s sounding like I was way off. I still think it will likely be at a $600 - $800 price point, but we’ll have to see.

If you haven’t been following the rumor mills, word has it that this tablet has been gestating in development for several years and quite a bit of its tech actually wound up in the iPhone. So what will come to light is the grand daddy of multitouch, and will most likely introduce some new tech/UI controls.

As Apple often offers a clue to what the invitation is about (ie. the jeans coin pocket on the invites when they introduced the iPod Nano), I really think there is something up with those paint splatters. Whoever said “Apple Palette” might be on to something. An internet communicator. An enhanced e-reader. A personal multimedia player. A digital drawing tablet. Could be any, or all of those things.

But of course, we’ll just have to wait and see. smile

cb50dc

Many of us have been guessticulating about what this thing could be over the past two or three years, and the hour is almost upon us.

Just mentally meandering:

“The hour” for something, yes. And suppose this event will introduce ? gasp! ? something besides a tablet ? and even with no mention of said tablet?

FTR, I DO hope it IS a whatevertheycallit tablet.

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