I’m guessing you’ve heard by now, but Apple is having a huge event this Tuesday. It is widely believed that Apple will release the iPhone 6, but what else does Apple have up its proverbial sleeve? Here are my predictions. Be sure to check back here Tuesday for a special follow-up post detailing what I did and didn’t get correct, as well as any other surprises I might have missed.
It’s expected that the iPhone 6 will be announced at this event (though it probably won’t actually become available for purchase for another 7-10 days). But perhaps a better term to use here would be iPhone 6es. It is widely rumored that we will be seeing multiple, different-sized models of Apple’s popular smartphone. The most recent models (5, 5c, and 5s) have all have a screen measuring 4″ diagonally. I expect a 4″ iPhone 6, in addition to a 4.7″ model. The other number floating around the internet is 5.5″, which does sounds awfully big. I’m not sure how this one is going to play out, buy my guess is that the 5.5″ model is going to happen. As for the “-c” product line, I don’t think we’re ever going to see that again. My prediction is that Apple will simply continue to sell the iPhone 5s as a cheaper option.
After seeing it announced last June at WWDC, I definitely think iOS 8 is going to launch at this event. Like the iPhone, it probably won’t go live until a week or so later, but I’m pretty sure we’ll get an official date Tuesday.
If Apple’s behavior last year is any indication, I don’t think we’ll see any new iPads at this event. Assuming that they’re sticking to a pattern here, there will be another event in October, at which we will see new iPads.
Like the iPad, I don’t think we’re going to see any new Mac software or hardware at this event. Most likely, we will see the release of OS X Yosemite, as well as some slightly improved Mac hardware, at another event later this fall.
This one is tricky. It’s been rumored for quite some time now that Apple will be entering the wearables market. What’s unclear is whether the device will be a Pebble-style smartwatch, or a Fitbit-style activity tracker (or, most likely, some of both). Given Apple’s new Health app that will be pre-installed in iOS 8, it’s not a crazy thought to think that this device could have a large health focus. What’s odd is that we have seen zero hardware leaks for this device. None. This is really, really unusual – especially compared to the wealth of iPhone 6 hardware leaks. Either Apple has seriously cracked down on secrecy or… the iWatch may be coming later, or not at all. Even still, I’m going to say yes to this one. I think the iWatch is finally going to be announced, though it’s possible it won’t ship for another couple months.
I’ve talked before about how awesome the Apple TV could be (thought it’s still pretty great as it is), but I don’t think we’re going to see anything about it at this event. I’m hoping that there will be a major Apple TV update at an October Apple event, but I think doing something drastic now could steal the iWatch’s thunder.
After Apple’s purchase of Beats by Dr. Dre, everyone is expecting Apple to do something big with Beats (or something at all, really), potentially in the streaming music market. That being said, I don’t think we’re going to see anything significant about Beats at this event, or even this year. I do hope Apple makes a new bid into the streaming music business, but I think it’s going to take them a while to work that out fully.
Sadly, I think the iPod’s days are over. Based on Apple’s current time frame, we ought to be due for new models this year (we got them in 2012 and 2010), but I don’t think it’s going to happen. Granted, I think Apple is going to continue selling the iPod, but I think we have seen the last of new iPod models. If, however, I am wrong, and we do see new models, I really, really, doubt we’ll see them again in another two years.
The Death of 16gb
This is really just a vain fancy of mine, but I hope the iPhone 6 doesn’t come in 16gb models. 16gb is feeling increasingly small, and I think it’s time for the $200 iPhone to come with 32gb of space. Let it go, Apple.
The Great Unknown
The best part about this event is that, even though I’m pretty confident about much of what’s written above, there could be something entirely new and amazing that I have no idea about. It’s all up in the air right now. Be sure to come back here Tuesday for my follow up post to hear exactly what happened. Better yet, why not subscribe so the post comes directly to your inbox? That way, you can be the cool person around the water cooler (or on Facebook, there’s plenty of share buttons below) – the one who already knows all about that mythical iPhone 6 that everyone’s been talking about. ••