One fall event wasn’t enough. On October 23 Apple will take the stage again to make another product announcement following September 13′s event that introduced the iPhone 5 and the new iPod lineup. So what is there to expect? The invitation’s tagline is “We’ve got a little more to show you.” I added the emphasis there because all signs point to the company revealing the iPad Mini, miniaturized version of their hugely successful tablet. It will likely feature a seven or eight inch Retina display with a $200-$300 starting price tag so as to directly compete with Google’s Nexus 7, Amazon’s Kindle Fire, and Barnes and Noble’s Nook. Also on tap? Possibly the introduction of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with an upgraded Retina display to match its bigger brother.
Check back here in one week to find out what Apple has up its sleeves.
Here we go people. The moment you’ve all been waiting for is almost here. Today Apple sent out invitations inviting press to attend a special event where the company will announce the next iPhone. The invite, posted above, teases “It’s almost here” and features a giant number 12 (referring to the date September 12) and its shadow is the number 5 (likely referring to the name of their next smartphone, the iPhone 5). After Apple reset the naming scheme with the third-generation iPad and simply called it “the new iPad,” most were led to believe that the next iPhone would shed a number and be known as “the new iPhone” to be in line with its bigger sibling. The 5 featured in the invite, however, has people speculating again. Will it be the iPhone 5, or perhaps the number here refers to the amount of new devices the company will unveil? In addition to a new iPhone, also in the rumor pipeline is an iPad mini and Apple typically announces updated iPods in September. Things to think about.
Other things to think about: how will the next-gen iPhone be different from the 4S? iOS 6 will ship out the gate, obviously, and rumor has it that it will sport a larger 4-inch screen and it is very likely that it will take advantage of 4G LTE speeds. Add to the speculation in the comment section below.
For now, mark your calendars; the date is September 12 and the time is 10AM PST. It all goes down at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and you can be sure that all the details will be posted here as soon as Tim Cook and company wrap up the festivities. At last, iPhone 5 here we come.
The media has been invited to attend a “special event” hosted by Apple on September 1 in San Fransisco. Every September in recent memory sees a refresh to Apple’s iPod line and sometimes an update to iTunes. The upcoming music-centric event might tackle Apple rumors that have been swirling in the mill lately. These include iPod touches with back and front-facing cameras with FaceTime capability; smaller iPod shuffles with multitouch screens; a redesigned Apple TV box at a cheaper price point ($99?) with 1080p playback, app support, and cloud storage; 99 cent TV show rentals; iTunes content-in-the-cloud support. It would also makes sense for Apple to update their music programs like GarageBand and Logic. Whatever is going to go down you can expect excitement to be in the air when Steve Jobs takes the stage. The “one more thing” being a CDMA iPhone heading to Verizon? Don’t hold your breath. The death of iPod classic? That may very well be imminent.
Check back here after the event is completed to catch a full rundown of all the new/updated products and services that are revealed.
Update: An Apple press release states that Apple will be providing live video streaming of the event. However there are requirements to access the HTTP Live Streaming-based video: “Viewing requires either a Mac running Safari on Mac OS X version 10.6 Snow Leopard, an iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 3.0 or higher, or an iPad.” No love for Windows and Android users, huh?