Apple CEO Steve Jobs will deliver the keynote opening speech at Macworld Conference and Expo, Tokyo later this month.

The event runs February 22-24. Apple introduced new PowerBook G3s and the iBook Special Edition at the Tokyo Expo last year.

The event is often a forum for smaller Far Eastern hardware-developers to showcase new and innovative solutions to the Japanese Mac-faithful.

Industry rumours hint that the event could be the launchpad for a new family of iMacs - some with CD-RW drives. Other rumours suggest that Apple could use the event as an opportunity to introduce new G4 Cube configurations.