Apple ‘special event’ scheduled for September 1

Apple has sent out invitations to industry-leading blogs about an upcoming event scheduled for September 1 in San Francisco. Judging by the graphic, which depicts an acoustic guitar with an Apple logo-shaped sound hole — and by the time of year — it appears that this will be Apple’s media event equivalent to the Let’s Rock events of yesteryear.

Rumors for the exact content of the event include a completely redesigned fourth generation iPod Touch à la iPhone 4 complete with glass back, dual cameras, FaceTime integration, gyroscope, and that gorgeous 960 x 640 Retina Display. Also rumored to be unveiled is a completely repackaged Apple TV — possibly rebranded as iTV — running iOS and priced at $99. Apple will probably release iOS 4.1 shortly after the event that brings Game Center to newer iDevices, stability and performance gains to older iDevices, and a proximity sensor fix to iPhone 4.

In addition, Apple may make renting television shows for 99¢ a reality as well as give us a release date for the hotly anticipated white iPhone 4. No word on whether the long overdue ‘iTunes in the cloud’ streaming service will go live soon, but I’m guessing it won’t happen until some time next year. Beatles on iTunes is also highly unlikely.

Sources: SlashGear, Engadget, Daring Fireball