Announcement of Apple’s Newton-Like Device May Not Be Coming Tomorrow

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With the Macworld tradeshow kicking off Tuesday, rumors of what will — and won’t — be announced are flying thick and fast. According to one report, the Newton-like device Apple is supposedly working on won’t be unveiled at this year’s show.

According to unconfirmed reports, Apple is prepping a mobile computer larger than an iPhone but smaller than laptop or tablet PC.

This device is expected to be more like a scaled up iPhone or iPod touch than a scaled down MacBook. The rumors of its size and shape are drawing comparisons to Apple’s Newton, the original PDA.

Citing unnamed sources, AppleInsider says that this product is still in development, but not close enough to release for it to be announced tomorrow.

"There’s Something in the Air"

It’s a fairly safe bet that Steve Jobs’ keynote tomorrow will include a demonstration of Apple’s upcoming system to allow iPhone and iPod touch users to install native third-party applications.

What else will be announced remains a matter of occasionally rampant speculation.

One thing adding to the hubbub is a series of banners saying "There’s Something in the Air" that have been out up at the Moscone Center, where Macworld Expo will be held. Exactly what this means is not yet known, but in the last few days, Apple has registered several Web domains with "MacBookAir" in them.

Many are taking this as a sign that the MacBook Air will be an ultra-portable laptop that will be unveiled tomorrow, with some speculating that it will include WiMax or even inductive charging, so that no wires are necessary at all.

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