Apple seems set to host a special event in New York in the coming weeks, or at the very least to stage an iTunes Live gig there, featuring Linkin' Park.

The band reportedly let slip to fans of plans to perform at an Apple event in New York earlier this week, but warned these plans to be "secret".

Whether it's wishful thinking is unclear, but with Apple expected to introduce its iPhone Software Development Kit this month it's not beyond the boundaries of possibility to speculate on a special event to mark the launch and introduce the first shipping applications from third party developers.

Speculation is gathering such force that even the New York Times is mulling the possibility.

A second report hints that developers are already applying the finishing touches to new software for the iPhone and iPod touch. PocketGamer reports Gameloft CEO Michel Guillemot illustrated his keynote speech on games and mobiles with a slide showing one of his titles running on an iPhone.

"What we do know is that Apple hasn't yet announced its plans for official iPhone downloadable games. But judging by its work with iPod games already, Gameloft is likely to be one of the launch partners," the report claims.

Finally, the BBC today promised iPlayer streaming television would be made available to iPhone and iPod touch owners, "within weeks". Could this indicate the debut of Adobe Flash Player on the iPhone?