Facebook holding special event tomorrow, spurs rumors of Messenger for iPad, Facebook phone

Facebook is holding an Apple-esque special event tomorrow, complete with mysterious "Come see what we're building" tag lines and rumors that run the gamut from a full on Facebook phone, either built on Android or as some new, budget smart-ish phone to let emerging markets share all their data, to new search engine to compete with Google, to a version of Facebook Messenger for iPad.

Which means it could be nothing, a simple extension of what Facebook is already doing, or it could be something transformative, taking this planet's biggest social network into whole new orbits. There's no real way to tell until Zuckerberg et al. take the stage and show us what they've got.

The event kicks off at 10am PT, 1pm ET. No word on a stream yet, but we'll be keeping an eye on things -- two, as often as we can spare them -- and will bring word on anything that impacts your iPhones, iPads, or social graphs.

In the meantime, feel free to speculate. Any interest in Facebook Messenger for iPad? What would a Facebook phone have to offer to you to leave Apple and the iPhone?

Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.