The Financial Times is dropping the Apple Special Media Event bomb, claiming it will happen on Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco:

Apple is expected to use the venue to make a major product announcement on Tuesday, January 26th. Both YBCA and Apple declined to comment.

Apple's last event introduced the iPod touch G3 back in September. Absent Macworld this year, their next cyclical event would be an iPhone OS Sneak Preview in March.

If this event is real, there's no way to know what Apple will announce. Of course, everyone and their Twitter account will be guessing, and perhaps hoping for, an actual Apple iTablet. (Which means if it's "only" iLife '10 there'll be a mini riot on the interwebs, right?)

It's almost new year; put on your prediction hat and tell us what will happen!

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