Apple is holding a big press event tomorrow, Sept. 12, and it’s been titled “Showtime”.
I’ve read many a rumour, and plenty of speculation, but when it comes right down to it, I have no idea what to expect besides downloadable feature length movies.
Does anyone know what time this press event gets underway? That’s the one bit of information I just can’t seem to locate, and I want to hang on the edge of my seat reading live blogs, waiting on The Turtlenecked One’s “one more thing”.
There was a patent recently issued to Apple for a multifunction portable device that’s basically one big touch screen, with all functions selected through that. Could be the new face of the iPod, with a bigger screen for video. Or it could just be some research thing that didn’t go anywhere…
Movie Store. Available Immediately will be movies from Disney and Pixar, among other studios.
*New iPod Nano Announcement (nice brushed casing, while it will have same features as first gen, only a longer battery life)
New iPod Announcement (Widescreen, Bluetooth, and featuring virtual touchwheel. Does not include Wi-Fi, or any other protocols)
One More Thing…
TubePort. A $99 2-piece set that includes a dongle that connects via USB to your mac, and another dongle that connects via included HD cables or regular Component cables to your TV. The movie is accessed on your Mac via an iDisk-like storage component hosted by Apple.
Jobs will then explain the pricing structure of the Movie Store. Movies wil be available as either a smaller iPod-format (which will cost $9.99 per movie), or as a larger, streamed movie to be streamed to your TV via TubePort. This cost $14.99 per movie. To purchase an iPod-formatted movie and a streamed version of the same movie, it will cost you $19.99.
Yeah, I’ve read all these rumours. They look very likely. I wonder whether or not Apple secured any international distribution rights for these movies yet, or if they’ll launch a US-only movie store at first, and expand to other countries later (as they did with music).
To answer my own question: the presentation starts at 1:00pm Eastern today.