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Two iPhones, an iWatch, and a USB cable walk into a bar...
It’s almost here. Tomorrow, Apple is holding its first big special event of the year (excluding WWDC) – and we’re expecting it to be quite the doozy. Apple is certainly going to be using the event to launch its upcoming iPhone lineup, but what else could be in the pipeline? Last year around this time Apple announced not one, but two new iPhones alongside the announcement of the final build of iOS 7, and we’re expecting an equally – if not more – impressive showing this time around. So without further ado, this is what you can realistically expect at Apple’s special event tomorrow. No bullshit, just the good stuff.
What to realistically expect…” is a series of posts which we use to temper expectations concerning upcoming Apple events. We’ve got a pretty good track record here, with only one small miss with our iPhone 5s/5c event predictions. Read on to hear today’s expectations.
iPhone 6, iWatch, oh my
Where there’s smoke, there’s fire – and there sure is a lot of smoke to wade through while talking about Apple’s still-yet-to-be-confirmed September 9th Special Event. Re/code was the first to peg that date as the long awaited iPhone 6 reveal event, but as the days have gotten shorter and the calendar has gotten closer, we’ve been learning more and more about what it is Apple will actually be announcing. Yes, of course the iPhone 6 is still happening, but that’s just the beginning of the story.
For one, Re/code today has another breaking exclusive claiming that Apple will use their September 9th event not only as the iPhone 6’s coming out party, but also as the long awaited “iWatch” reveal. According to Re/code, Apple had originally planned to announce the device – which is not expected to hit stores until early 2015, narrowly missing the holiday rush – during the company’s rumored October Special Event, however decided to bump up the schedule for reasons uncited. Apple is reportedly still planning on holding a Special Event in October, where the company may reveal the sixth generation iPad, the third generation iPad mini, and a new 12″ MacBook with a Retina Display.
According to today’s new iWatch report – which, while unconfirmed, come from some rock solid sources – Apple’s wearable will be all about health and automation. The iWatch will act as a fitness tracker, syncing information about today’s activity and general health data with your iPhone and iPad using iOS 8’s new built in HealthKit framework. HomeKit, Apple’s automation functionality, will also be put to good use. Early reports indicate that the iWatch could be used to – say – automatically unlock your frontdoor when you step within a couple of feet of it while wearing your iWatch, or automatically turn on the lights when you enter a room.
Separately, we expect the iPhone 6 to be revealed in two sizes – one with a 4.7″ screen, and another larger model with a 5.5″. We expect both iPhone 6 sizes to be available simultaneously, however with the 4.7″ model available in much larger quantities in initial shipments. The game plan could be set up similarly to how Apple dealt with the rollout of the 5s and 5c models last year; the 4.7″ iPhone, like the 5c, will be available for pre-order immediately while the 5.5″ iPhone, like the 5s did, will launch on a first come, first serve basis without a reservation program in place. Apple did this last year to give everyone a fair shot at nabbing an iPhone 5s on launch day, which was similarly restrained.
As far as pricing, a good guess is that the base configuration 4.7″ iPhone 6 to sell for $199 with 16GB of included storage. The 5.5″ iPhone 6, meanwhile, could launch with 16GB of storage for $299. Apple will continue to offer both the iPhone 5s as well as the iPhone 5c, with the iPhone 5s selling for $99 with 16GB of storage and the iPhone 5c selling for free with 8GB of storage. However, it is important to note that these plans are far from confirmed at this time.
And yes, I think it exists
I’m going to make a fairly bold statement here – the upcoming 5.5″ iPhone (we’ll call it the iPhone 6, for posterity’s sake) is real. And it’s coming. In fact, it’s probably coming this year – the timeline isn’t clear quite yet, but it’s getting there. And this is your first look at it, courtesy of Evasi0nJailbreak.com. What you’re looking at in the photo above is in fact a 5.5″ iPhone 6 enclosure sitting next to and compared to the equally real and coming 4.7″ iPhone 6 enclosure.
EvasionJailbreak says that they managed to obtain this “deep within Apple’s supply chain in China,” and it is indeed consistent with some earlier rumblings about the iPhone 6. For one thing, we’ve seen this design practically a million times before – enough that at this point, there really isn’t any doubt that it’s real. Another thing is the screw holes in this iPhone 6 dummy is consistent with earlier, unverified leaks of the 5.5″ iPhone 6’s logic board.
The iPhone 6 is expected to be announced at a press event on September 9th, 2014. Whatever Apple decides to announce, we’ll be here reporting on the latest and greatest from Apple and Mr. Jony Ive. And whether you believe the 5.5″ iPhone 6 is coming or not, one thing is clear – Apple is finally ditching that 4.0″ screen form factor. Hallelujah?
Its got a bigger screen and it's coming
Good news, smartphone fans – the iPhone 6 is coming. I mean you knew that, of course, but it’s really coming really soon. According to industry insiders with Grade A, spotless records, Apple will be announcing the iPhone 6 in a special event on September 9th, with a release date tentatively scheduled for a little over a week later, on September 19th.
That means that yes, around September 9th, you’ll be able to get your hands on one of Apple’s smartphones with a screen larger than 4″ for the first time. Apple famously bumped up the size of the iPhone’s screen with the launch of the iPhone 5 just two years ago, but in that time large screen “phablet” Android devices have taken over, pushed by the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note and the LG Nexus 5. Apple is rumored to be preparing two new iPhone 6 models for release, a 4.8″ iPhone 6 and a 5.5″ model for those with a preference towards said phablet devices. While many assumed that both devices would ship with Apple’s next generation A8 processor, 2GB of RAM, and an upgraded 13MP camera with digital image stabilization, a recent rumor coming out of AppleInsider suggests that the 5.5″ model iPhone 6 may ship with more powerful internals.
That said, there’s no telling whether Apple is planning on releasing both iPhone 6 models at the same time, though to do otherwise would drastically differ than how Apple has upgraded its iPhone lineup in the past. Each and every year since 2007, Apple has upgraded the entire line of iPhone models all at once, famously bringing the iPhone 5c into the fray to replace the iPhone 5 last September. With the 4.8″ iPhone 6 slated to be perhaps the middle of the road model, the fate of the iPhone 5c – which is the second best selling smartphone model in the world – remains unclear.