“The charismatic leader and co-founder of Apple Computer, Steve Jobs, plans to summons the worldwide media to a special event next week in which he’ll usher in a new chapter in the company’s digital media strategy,” Kasper Jade reports for AppleInsider.

“Although the semi-official word out of Apple Americas is that invitations to the event have “not been sent” out, a seemingly inadvertent leak out of Apple Europe last week pinned the affair for Tuesday, September 12. It will be hosted by Jobs in a yet-to-be disclosed California location and beamed via satellite throughout the world,” Jade reports.

“Jobs is expected to announce that flicks from at least one major studio will be immediately available for download starting at just $9.99 a pop… Jobs many months ago commissioned an elite group of Apple engineers to get the ball rolling on an intuitive hardware solution that would more closely tie the company’s digital media strategy to the living-room. And so AppleInsider has been told, Apple has been quietly developing a video streaming device that will interface with an updated version of its iTunes jukebox software,” Jade reports.

Jade reports, “It’s arguably been one of the most closely guarded secrets at Apple since the evolution of the first iPod digital music player, which forever altered the landscape of the music industry when it was introduced in October of 2001. Only a select bunch inside Cupertino have heard of the latest device and even fewer have seen it. Therefore, further details are few and far between.”

“Next week’s media event will bear the fruits of several other Apple product initiatives. First and foremost, insiders have said, will be an introduction of the company’s largest and most stunning iMac to date: a widescreen, possibly high-definition model, built around what appears to be a 23-inch display. As AppleInsider reported last week, existing iMac models will also be refreshed around Intel Corp.’s new Core 2 Duo mobile processors, formerly reference by the ‘Merom’ moniker,” Jade reports. “With dozens of tractor-trailer-mounted container ships seen leaving Foxconn’s Far East manufacturing facilities over the past week, Apple’s next-generation iPod nano digital music players also appears to be a lock for the event.”

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