What’s coming from Apple?  iPod video device? A new Mac lineup? Something else?

“The Mac faithful are sure Steve Jobs has something big to announce on Oct. 12,” Arik Hesseldahl writes for BusinessWeek. “An iPod video device? Maybe a new Mac lineup? Both? …As is often the case with Apple product announcements, the tea leaves tell little, the signals are mixed, and the rumor machine has kicked into overdrive. Judging from analysts’ comments, media reports, and chatter on Mac-enthusiast Web sites, it appears all but crystal clear that some kind of update to Apple’s mainstream iPod line is in the offing, and most Apple observers suggested that the long-rumored video-capable version of the iPod is about to become a reality.”

“Jobs has in the past dismissed video as antithetical to the reason the iPod has been successful — the device works because listening to music is a passive activity you can do while doing other things. Watching video is far too active and distracting, he has said. But those criticisms of video seem to have quieted down lately. And Apple hasn’t posted a new music video to its online store for a few months, suggesting that a pay-for-download video service may be the next new feature enabled on iTunes,” Hesseldahl writes.

“New computers are certainly due. The last time Apple upgraded its PowerMac G5 line was in April. And though Apple’s transition to using chips from Intel (INTC ) will get under way in earnest by summer of 2006, Jobs & Co. have said at least one major upgrade of its flagship machines for professionals was due before then,” Hesseldahl writes. “Also among the rumors has been speculation about a change to Apple’s Airport Express wireless networking device. The Airport Express is small Wi-Fi router that also connects to stereo systems and gives users access to the iTunes playlist stored on computers. Apple could update Airport Express so that it connects to a TV screen to stream video stored on the computer… Whatever Jobs is hiding behind the curtain, he has already generated a heavy buzz around the announcement. His last big event was the unveiling of the iPod Nano. So far, the device has been mostly a hit — and a hard act to follow.”

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