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Apple CEO Steve Jobs Scheduled to Give Macworld Keynote [U]

Contrary to some concerns and worries regarding a possible absence by Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ keynote at the upcoming Macworld Expo, BusinessWeek’s Arik Hesseldahl brings word that Jobs’ annual speech is scheduled as normal.

jobsInitial reports pointing to the absence of Jobs’ keynote have been relatively unfounded. As normal, IDG and Apple have been quiet on the matter. IDG because of lack of info from Apple, and Apple, because that’s how they operate. As IDG has explained before, just because they help run the Expo does not mean they are privy to any information the public doesn’t know.

If Jobs were to skip Macworld, it would be universally seen as a bad thing. First, speculation about his health would spook Wall Street once more. Additionally, there’s concern that Apple doesn’t have much to crow about in the product pipeline.

It’s a little unclear how much Jobs may have to say in a keynote. Snow Leopard, the latest version of Mac OS X will no doubt figure prominently, and there can easily be some incremental updates to existing product lines. One persistent rumor calls for an iPhone nano, while another focuses on a Web tablet, which would essentially be an iPod touch with a larger screen and perhaps some other enhancements, Hasseldahl explains.

Macworld 2009 is expected to draw a crowd nearly identical to last year’s in size. However, speculation regarding new products has remained relatively quiet. A few leaks and tips have pointed towards iPhone news and some possible Snow Leopard news. A new product or new product category is not expected to be addressed by Apple.

Updates: BusinessWeek further clarifies (via MacRumors): “Now Paul Kent is clarifying his statement. Here it is verbatim: “We haven’t made an announcement yet. We hope to in the next two weeks,” Rather than clearing the picture up, it just got muddy again.”

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AppBeacon @ December 15th, 2008 at 2:47 pm
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Whatever happened to all the rumors about the all-in-one AppleTV / Display? That is way up on my post-Xmas wish list. Of course, the price has to be better than that ridiculous 24″ display!