Yes, it's a special day today. In just a few short hours we'll be witnessing yet another Apple special event (#347 in a series). This one will be even specialer than usual. Why? Because for the first time ever, you don't have to be there (or read one of the 9,726 "live blogs" regurgitating the event) to experience it.
Apple will be streaming this event live to the masses -- but only those masses who use Apple devices. Per the terse press release:
Apple® will broadcast its September 1 event online using Apple’s industry-leading HTTP Live Streaming, which is based on open standards. Viewing requires either a Mac® running Safari® on Mac OS® X version 10.6 Snow Leopard®, an iPhone® or iPod touch® running iOS 3.0 or higher, or an iPad™.
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And by "open standards," they mean open to everyone who owns an Apple device. (Though the folks at Techie-Buzz have a few ideas about how Windows/Linux types can get in on the streaming video action.)
I also love this line at the bottom of that release:
Apple is reinventing the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced its magical iPad which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.
They really do use the word "magical" to describe the iPad. Unbelievable. David Copperfield should sue.
Anyway, what's going to happen today? As usual, the blogosphere is full of semi-informed guesses. Here's my own half-askew take.
1. Nothing at all. Steve will sit on a zafu cushion and quietly hum while the crowd contemplates his utter Steveness. Then after 20 minutes of this they'll break for bagels. It will be a very zen moment.
2. New iPod Touches. Also, new iPod Nanos. Yes, they're even smaller. And ... I'm sorry, I dozed off there for a second. Were you saying something?
3. TV show rentals for only 99 cents apiece! Which is twice as nice as $1.99 rentals and three times more charming than $2.99 rentals, but ... for this I shaved my legs?