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12/15/2008
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Will Either Steve Jobs Or An iPhone Nano Appear At Macworld 2009?

Macworld 2009 is but a few weeks away and Apple CEO Steve Jobs has not yet been confirmed as a presenter. In addition, reports surfaced recently that Apple will use Macworld 2009 to introduce the iPhone Nano. Will either be on hand come January?

Macworld 2009 is but a few weeks away and Apple CEO Steve Jobs has not yet been confirmed as a presenter. In addition, reports surfaced recently that Apple will use Macworld 2009 to introduce the iPhone Nano. Will either be on hand come January?Steve Jobs has used the Macworld keynote two years in a row to make major announcements. Macworld 2007 saw the introduction of the original iPhone, and Macworld 2008 saw the MacBook Air, Time Machine, and changes to the iPhone's software.

In both cases, Steve Jobs was there, acting as Apple's leader, and showing that the company was moving forward with new products and designs. So far, Apple has not confirmed that he will be present at Macworld 2009. If he's not there, it is sure to spark a firestorm of doubt in the company's future. The latest word comes from BusinessWeek, which reports that Paul Kent, VP at IDG World Expo and the general manager of the Macworld show, said, "We haven't made an announcement yet. We hope to in the next two weeks."

Two weeks from today is Dec. 29, which is just one week before Macworld starts. Would Apple possibly give that little notice? Only time will tell.

Next up, reports have resurfaced that Apple will announce a new iPhone product at Macworld. Some are calling it the iPhone Nano. The reason the reports have resurfaced is because a Web site posted pictures of a third-party product that would supposedly fit a smaller version of the iPhone. MacRumors says of the rumor, "If Apple were to introduce a smaller-sized iPhone, it would not likely be compatible with any of the App Store apps due to difference in screen size and resolution. This fact has led many to doubt that Apple would make such a move."

I agree. I don't think Apple would change the form factor of the iPhone in such a way. It already has a device it is selling for $199. If it really wants to tap into a wider audience, it would be better for Apple to simply offer a 4-GB version if the current generation iPhone 3G hardware at a lower price point. And even that is really pushing things.

So, Macworld 2009. Will we see Jobs? I hope so. Will we see an iPhone Nano? Probably not.

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