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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.
Is this the watch to save smartwatches?
It’s been a long and windy road, but we’re nearing the end of the tunnel. According to a new report by Recode backed by some rock solid sources, Apple will finally reveal their long awaited smartwatch – tentatively dubbed the iWatch – at a special event this October. If this comes to pass, this will put an end to literally years and years’ worth of rumor and speculation.
Apple is said to be designing the iWatch to act as a companion to iOS devices as well as a device in its own right. Many expect the iWatch to heavily focus on tracking fitness, a thought somewhat corroborated by the existence of Apple’s HealthKit platform, which was just introduced alongside iOS 8 at WWDC earlier this week.
Rumors specific to the watch’s design and specifications are few and far between, but many suspect it will run a touch-friendly LCD display, will interact with existing devices over Bluetooth LE, and will run a modified version of iOS specifically designed for the iWatch, and will run high end internals – likely a SoC designed in house at Apple alongside the company’s A7 processor. As for the outward design of the watch, nobody’s got the faintest clue – but wouldn’t it be nice if it looked at least something like the mockup seen above designed by the apparently extraordinarily talented Gábor Balogh?
Still the early days
It should come as no shock or surprise that Apple is plowing ahead with the next major version of their mobile operating system, iOS 8. Though iOS 7.1 was just released to much fanfare over the past couple of days, iOS 8 promises to be a much larger release with a further emphasis on new functionality rather than just simple refinements. Today we’re getting one of our first looks at Apple’s next OS as numerous screenshots of an early pre-release build has leaked onto the web.
If the images are to be trusted, and popular and often reliable Apple blog 9to5Mac believes that they are, iOS 8 will be focusing quite a bit on two things – feature parity with OS X, particularly in regards to iCloud integration – and health monitoring. A new application called “Healthbook” can now be seen on the home screen, and many are already speculating that this could serve as a point of integration between the iPhone and Apple’s oft rumored iWatch.
Also new are three new applications – Preview, TextEdit, and Tips – the latter two which should be immediately recognizable to anybody who has ever used a Mac computer for more than a couple of minutes. Both Preview and TextEdit feature iCloud integration on OS X, however iOS users have been unable to access Preview and TextEdit data from their mobile devices somewhat limiting its usefulness. Hopefully iOS 8 seeks to remove this gap.
iOS 8 is expected to be announced at the WWDC 2014 developer conference sometime this summer. Apple has traditionally hosted the conference around early June with an announcement and registration a short while before, so stay tuned for more on iOS 8 and WWDC.
Your dumb watch will have to last a bit longer
While an earlier report suggested that Apple might be preparing to launch the long rumored “iWatch”, a smartwatch device more than likely running Apple’s iOS operating system that powers their iPad and iPhone product lines, this year – a series of job applications originating from Apple itself suggests that the iWatch more than likely won’t be released until some point in 2014 at the earliest.
The hiring spree has been reported on by The Financial Times, which claims that CEO Tim Cook currently has several dozen folks working on the iWatch project. Interestingly however, the report does claim that Cook isn’t yet convinced that they need to bring this product to market at all, and that Cook could cancel the project “at any time”. However with big names suddenly interested in the space popularized by newcomer Pebble, it wouldn’t be a big surprise in the slightest to see Apple join the upcoming fray. Smart watches are about to get hot, and Apple’s never been one to shy away from stepping into the party a couple of hours late only to dominate the entire marketplace within a few short years.
Of course, this doesn’t necessarily guarantee that the iWatch is next on Apple’s agenda, nor that the company will decide to name the product the “iWatch” if it does come out with a product of that form factor. This wouldn’t be the first time Apple’s applied for patents seemingly just to cover their basis – prior to the unveiling of the iPad in 2010, Apple trademarked the name “iSlate”, which many at the time believed to be the name for Apple’s then upcoming tablet product.
Apple has also been known to apply for many patents and the like of products, designs, and features that never actually make it to market. The company clearly has a lot of projects going on at any given time and could simply be playing the “just in case” game.
At the end of the day, we can only wait and see – but given Tim Cook’s recent comment that he believes there is a “profound opportunity” in the realm of wearables, something tells me we won’t have to wait for too long.
Tim Cook is making it clear – Apple is working on something that constitutes a wearable computer. Whether that’s Apple’s mythical iWatch, an Apple Belt Buckle, or whatever, Apple’s CEO admitted that he believes there is a “profound opportunity” in the wearable computing space, believing that time is “ripe for us to get excited about [wearable computing]. Lots of companies will play in this space.”
Tim Cook did however say that he believes a device such as Google Glass could never garner any significant public interest, saying that “It’s probably likely to appeal to certain markets. The likelihood that it has broad appeal is hard to see.”
To revolutionize wearable computing
Apple rumors are a curious beast to cover, as there have been many instances of even the most highly of corroborated and “confirmed” stories with plenty of circumstantial evidence ending up being false. Until now, I had put Apple’s rumored “iWatch” product to be firmly in the unrealistic hoax category, however the evidence has built up so large that it’s no longer possible to ignore. Thus, it would indeed seem that Apple is preparing to launch a wearable wrist computing device, which the media is dubbing the “iWatch” – and it’s coming by the end of this year.
The latest reports indicate that this iWatch product will indeed run a variant of iOS – somewhat of a surprise considering what an affect on battery life iOS would have on such a thin device meaning to be worn. Current prototypes are said to currently run days between charges, and Apple is said to be aiming for a single charge to last up to five full days – an impressive feat.
Though many have dubbed this an iWatch, don’t expect this to be like your run of the mill smart watch – it has been suggested that if Apple were indeed release this product, it would revolutionize the smartwatch industry in the same way that the iPhone did the smartphone industry in 2007. Don’t expect your basic clock interface with some minor notifications built in – expect the unexpected.
Source: The Verge