Editors Note: This post will remain at the top of AlliOSNews through Tuesday, 9 September. Newer news items will be below. Clinton’s Comments are in Black while Tricia’s comments are in Red
Tuesday, 9 September 2014 could be one of the most important days in the history of Apple. I appreciate that, as an opening line for a post, that may sound hyperbolic or drama-ish, but I stand by it.
SHINY TOYS! SHINY TOYS!
Apple is expected to announce a series of products, software and solutions that could set their course for the next several years. It is also an opportunity to do what Apple does best: Change a market that nobody expected. They have done it in the past three times: iPod (changed how we consume music), iPhone (changed how we use and expect a smartphone to work) and iPad (changed how we casually compute and created a new category). Will they do it again with wearables?
There is a lot of what we expect from Apple in this event. Some of it we know (or think we do) while some of it is still speculation. And while we at AlliOSNews try to stay above the rumour mill fray, we do pay attention and read the tea leaves just like you and everyone else. To that end, Clinton & Tricia have put together a list of things we expect to see next Tuesday. As we have done in the past, we give what we think is a percentage of us seeing that particular product or service based. Sometimes we are right, some times we are not so right. But it’s fun to speculate!
To the point of Clinton’s click-bait intro above, there is good reason to expect something big. Apple is known for meticulously planning every aspect of their announcements; this includes location. Tuesday’s event will take place at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Apple’s hometown of Cupertino, California as opposed to the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. Announcements previously coming out of this more intimate venue include the original Mac (1984), Bondi Blue iMac (1998) and is the location of their annual shareholders meeting. To me this indicates a brand new category will debut.
iPhone 6 – Chance of Announcement: 100%
Make no mistake, this is an iPhone event. And it is a huge iPhone event literally and figuratively. Apple is expected, like last year, to announce two different iPhone 6 models. There is expected to be the 4.7″ variety and the phablet 5.5″ version. Both will be running iOS 8 of course and all indications are that both will support NFC for a new wallet purchasing system on the devices. Both will be powered by the Apple A8 processor, have the M8 updated motion processor and the 5.5″ will have a sapphire front while the 4.7″ will have Gorilla Glass 3. If the mockups we have seen are any indication, look for a thinner, rounded almost iPad Air-like look to the new iPhone.
Frankly Apple is behind a bit when it comes to screen size. People are wanting larger displays than 4″ and I am most certainly amongst them. Have been carrying around the Nokia Lumia 1320 for weeks, that 6″ phablet is an absolute joy to use and the screen size is beautiful. When I go back to my iPhone 5s, the 4″ screen looks super tiny. Because, realistically, it is in today’s market.
The real question is around delivery dates for these devices. All indications are that the 4.7″ iPhone 6 is ready to launch and we will probably see that within 10 days of this event. So I would expect you to be able to pre-order within a week and delivery within two. The 5.5″ on the other hand could be a November or even December product. Rumours point to difficulty with the sapphire displays and Apple is behind on production. This could prove to be problematic for Apple as I personally think the 5.5″ will be in demand immediately.
I completely agree that we will welcome two new iPhones into the shiny toy collection and I’m excited about the potential for a larger screen. There are many times I’ll switch over to my iPad because navigating certain searches on my phone screen are just too much of a pain in the tushy. However, I struggle with the need for the larger phablet – isn’t that the point of the iPad? (I will readily admit to doubting the need for an iPad mini at launch, and now really want one.)
My biggest problem with the ever-increasing screen sizes is the ever-increasing device size that comes alongside those glorious viewable screens. As a woman, I am plagued by tiny pockets (if any at all). Currently my iPhone 5 will only fit in the back pocket of some of my jeans. As someone who needs my iDevice by my side at all times as a sort of technological security blanket, it can get dangerous when I have to juggle it as part of all the other TechMom gear I’m toting. Which brings me to my next point…
Sources say the phablet (tangent – can we all take a moment to agree that phablet is a stupid name?) will have the sapphire screen to decrease the potential for a shattered screen, while the iPhone 6 standard will continue to feature Gorilla Glass. One of Apple’s key differentiators in the market continues to be their beautiful hardware in addition to ease-of-use. I would love to see sapphire screens on all devices as well as water-resistant. This would allow users to shed the case (and resulting added bulk) and proudly tout their chosen iDevice in all its naked glory.