Apple planning mid-September music event?

AllThingsD says the annual Apple music and iPod event might hit a little later than usual.

Steve Jobs at the 2009 September music event, his first public event after his medical leave that year.
Steve Jobs at the 2009 September music event, his first public event after his medical leave that year. Stephen Shankland/CNET

The now-annual Apple September music event is happening, but the exact date is still to be determined, according to a report by AllThingsD.

On Wednesday AllThingsD said it is hearing from several sources that the traditionally iPod-and-iTunes-focused event will take place "closer to mid-September."

Since the first one in 2005, the event has been held around the second week of September, usually the week following Labor Day. A rumor circulated last week that Apple was planning to completely change things up and hold the event next week . That appears even more unlikely now.

Apple declined to comment on the report.

But beyond when the event is to be held, more interesting is what will Apple talk about? It's going to be hard to top the drama of last year's September event, which featured CEO Steve Jobs' official return to the public eye following his medical leave for liver transplant surgery last year. But there are interesting possibilities when it comes to new products.

We know Apple is working on an iTunes streaming or cloud-based music service, and the music-related event seems like a natural time to roll that out. Though music industry insiders tell CNET Apple isn't quite ready yet to do that. It's also the event Apple uses to announce new iPods. It's widely expected Apple is going to add a front-facing camera to the iPod Touch and introduce the FaceTime calling feature of the iPhone 4, and even its "retina display."

But what else? Leave your best guesses or wish lists in the comments below.

This post was updated at 12:30 p.m. PDT with Apple's response.

 

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