Perhaps it’s because expectations are so low. Or maybe it’s because nobody really knows what’s going on with Steve Jobs’ health. But less than a week before the start of Macworld 2009, the lead story on Techmeme’s news aggregator Wednesday morning was about a device that Apple AAPL is reportedly readying for release next September, at its annual iPod event.
The mystery device is the long-rumored iPod tablet — an oversized iPod touch with a 7- or 9-inch screen. Three independent sources close to Apple — one of whom has seen and handled a prototype — tell Techcrunch’s Michael Arrington that Apple is talking to Asian suppliers about mass producing it for Fall ’09.
According to Arrington:
So what would the thing look like? If the image above represents a 3.5-inch iPod touch, an iPod tablet with a 9-inch screen might look something like this:
As several readers have divined, this was a rush job patched together by a writer with minimal Photoshop skills. If you have a better idea of what form such a device might take, send it to me and I’ll post it below the fold.