This Wednesday, September 9th, Apple's "It's Only Rock & Roll" event will begin. It's widely expected that Apple will reveal their new line of camera-equipped iPods then. Speculation is equally rampant that this occasion will also mark Steve Jobs' return to the public eye. While we know nothing for certain about what this press event will contain, the Cult of Mac has a few hints for us.
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They've managed to snag some photos of the Yerba Buena convention center in San Fransisco, where the event will unfold. Preparations are already well underway for the big day, including a giant banner of a woman kick-dancing to the tunes of her iPod. Security guards have been very active all around the area, and a TV van is already parked outside, ready to transcode video of the event for placement up on the Apple website.
From the photos we're seeing, it certainly looks like Apple is pulling out all the stops for this event. The fanfare devoted to this show makes me think that the rumors of Steve's presence at the conference now sound a little more realistic. Apple is making a big deal over this event, and a new line of iPods would be a suitably important unveiling to deserve the attention of the Apple founder himself.
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The coming of a new line of camera-laden iPods probably marks the worst-kept secret in Apple history. Dozens of iPod covers have already been released, with little sections of the back cut out for cameras. If that, plus the numerous leaks, wasn't enough to convince us of the focus of this event, the giant iPod banner certainly did the job. The only real question left is whether or not the iPod classic will be receiving a revamp, or cut from the team entirely. Either way, we'll know in just a few days.