More Apple updates within days?

Apple's already told us that it'll be unveiling the Software Development Kit (SDK) to open up the iPhone and iPod Touch to third party apps sometime t

Apple's already told us that it'll be unveiling the Software Development Kit (SDK) to open up the iPhone and iPod Touch to third party apps sometime this month. Now it's starting to look like February 26 will be the day.

Crafty Apple-watchers have spotted that the TV firm Apple uses for its launch announcements is hiring for a big event then – a telling clue that it might be the day.

We're likely to see several apps to launch at the same time as the SDK, including moderately dull but useful support for Exchange and Lotus Notes. More exciting will be the future software that a legion of programmers will be able to start cooking up, so don't expect too much on day one.

Since Apple's promised us a year of continuous announcements, we also reckon we could hear of an update to the MacBook Pro. With the launch of the Air the laptop's starting to look a little long in the tooth – could this mark the long-overdue Mac debut of Intel's new Penryn chips?

Some of the innovations from the MacBook Air could also carry over into the veteran lappy, such as a large multi-touch pad and an LED backlit screen. Memory and hard disk upgrades should also be a shoo-in.

Finally, there's even talk that this could be the day for the 3G iPhone announcement. US carrier network AT&T has been busy beefing up its 3G service across the pond, much like O2 did with its EDGE network before the UK launch. We've put two and two together and may have come up with five but we'll find out if our sums are right in a couple of weeks.