Apple slates laptop event for next Tuesday

From InfoWorld: Apple issued invitations Thursday for an event next Tuesday on its Cupertino, Calif., campus that will tout laptops.

"The spotlight turns to notebooks," the invitation sent to reporters read. The only other information Apple provided was its 10 a.m. PDT kickoff and driving directions to the building where the company will hold the event.

Bloggers and others have been talking up an Oct. 14 event for weeks, while analysts have been expecting Apple to refresh its laptop line for much longer. After Apple focused on its iPod business during a Sept. 9 presentation in San Francisco, analysts predicted that the company would use a separate event to launch new notebooks or revamp existing models before the holiday selling season cranked up. Much of the speculation has focused on the prospect of a new design.

Rumors of lower-priced laptops from Apple picked up momentum late Wednesday when the new Inquisitr blog quoted an unnamed source who claimed that the company had already sent revised price lists to its retail stores. Those prices, said Inquisitr, start at $800, nearly $300 less than the current least-expensive MacBook notebook, which costs $1,099.
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