Apple: No imminent tablet, but a September surprise may loom

A couple of nuggets about the folks at Apple today to add to
the swirling speculations about the company.Apple logo

While most folks were expecting Apple to announce its tablet
computer before the end of the year, a pair of ‘very reliable sources’ are
telling both theloop and daringfireball that the all-in-one portable machine won’t
hit until sometime in 2010. 

Internet rumors are a dime a dozen, but both of these sites
have historically been spot on with news of Apple products, so their rumor-busting is worth a
mention. It’s not a guarantee, but if you’ve been waiting for the news, you
might want to take a breath and settle in.

Meanwhile, there’s word that Apple is planning a keynote for
early September with a music focus, though nothing has been confirmed yet. That
would make sense as Microsoft’s Zune HD has been confirmed for a Sept.
15 launch. (The company will have both 16GB and 32GB versions available for
$219 and $289, respectively.)

Apple, historically, has introduced new iPods each fall, so it
wouldn’t be surprising to see Apple try to undercut the Zune HD’s debut with
some upgrades to the iPod Touch. Maybe the addition of a camera this time?

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