If you use Twitter or Facebook, or even just know someone who’s on one of those online social networking services, you’ve probably heard today’s big news ad nauseum by now: Apple is holding an iPhone-related press event on October 4.
The invite, which landed in reporters’ email inboxes at 8am Pacific Time on Tuesday morning, set off the usual frenzy of speculation across the Web about what the new version of the iPhone will look like, what marvels it will perform and when it will be available (October 15, according to a French telecom exec).
Interestingly, Apple actually specified that the event was related to its iPhone – a rare giveaway from the tech giant, whose infamously cryptic invitations can invite the sort of analysis – from bloggers and Apple aficionados alike – typically reserved for Federal Reserve statements.
Perhaps the more straightforward invitation is a sign of changing times, with Tim Cook having officially replaced Steve Jobs as Chief Executive last month. (The June invitation for Apple’s iCloud launch, when Cook was interim CEO, also tipped its hand about the event topic).
Of course, Apple-watchers can’t help themselves.
Various blogs quickly dissected the image on Apple’s invitation on Tuesday, which depicts four familiar icons found on Apple’s iPhones. The date and time icons are simple enough, representing when the event will be held. The maps icon appears to represent Apple’s Cupertino headquarters at One Infinite Loop.