FT: Apple to make ‘major product announcement’ on Tuesday, January 26

Christmas PD5FM $10 discount“Apple has rented a stage at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco for several days in late January, according to people familiar with the plans,” David Gelles reports for The Financial Times.

“Apple is expected to use the venue to make a major product announcement on Tuesday, January 26th. Both YBCA and Apple declined to comment,” Gelles reports.

Gelles reports, “Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster today speculated that an event was imminent. ‘We believe there is a 75 per cent likelihood that Apple will have an event in January and a 50 per cent chance that it will be held to launch the Apple Tablet,’ he wrote in a new research note. ‘If Apple announced the Tablet in January, it would likely ship later in the March quarter.'”

Gelles reports, “Yesterday we reported that Apple is working to solidify a new round of content deals with TV studios. Meanwhile, publishers have been working on new versions of digital magazines that would be viewed on touch screen computers.”

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25 Comments

  1. This device will change the world. Microsoft, Sony, Dell, Nokia, Google, RIM, HTC, whoever, whomever..prepare to be collectively one upped..Bitches!!!!!

    Merry Xmas and watch that stock soar to $220 by 1/20

  2. This date makes sense. Apple had timed their announcements in the past to be just a few weeks following major rollouts from other tech co. Any buzz about new products from the rest of the pack ceases immediately. Nobody will care about what happened at the CES after this event.

  3. Once again:

    For a couple of years I’ve envisioned a subscription service with instant streaming access to every TV show, movie, song, video, and YouTube ever made (including games eventually).

    Like dipping a ladle into a digital stream.

  4. @ silverhawk–

    It doesn’t. It also doesn’t have to.

    Apple has said that they are no longer doing tradeshows.

    They prefer to build up their own hype, on their own schedule.

    In other words, trade shows are soooo 2008.

  5. Okay everybody, go buy Apple stock like it’s going out of style. Prices will rise until the event. Oh, and it’ll probably fall right afterwards, so take your 10-20% gain and get out the morning of.

    Go ahead, iCal this one. Even if I am just shooting from the hip, it would be the most likely scenario based on prior experience.

  6. CES is over by the 10th January, which means the resultant news cycle will end around the 17th January.

    Apple will report to Wall St. on either the 19th or 20th and will want to leave that as its contribution to the media circus for a few days; MSFT reports on 28th January so the media will have a conflict deciding on whether to focus on Redmond’s Windows 7-inspired “dead cat bounce” or something genuinely innovative from Cupertino.

    In reality, MSFT could announce a stellar set of results on the 28th and will still be pushed into irrelevance in both the technology and the finance sections of the media by the announcement of an Apple tablet which must be as annoying for Dances with Monkeys as it is amusing for me.

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