The refresh may happen yet, however. Apple (AAPL) has on many occasions uncrated new products on the heels of Macworld. In February of 2008, the company announced new iPhone & iPod touch models. In February of 2006 it debuted the Intel Mac mini and iPod Hi-Fi. In January 2005 it uncrated new PowerBooks and a month later, it announced a new iPod mini and an update to iPod photo.
John also notes that February would be an elegant way for the company to dovetail the official release of iLife 09 with some new desktop hardware, celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Macintosh and prove once and for all that it doesnt need Macworld to publicize new product releases.