Apple is returning to the Flint Center for the first time in 30 years, and to say expectations are high is a bit of an understatement. For months, media outlets have been salivating at the prospect of a next-generation iPhone or iWatch, and at tomorrow’s event their patience may finally pay off as Tim Cook takes the stage in Cupertino, Calif.
That Apple has chosen The Flint Center adds an extra layer of symbolism to the event. After all, this is where a 28-year-old Steve Jobs first unveiled the Macintosh and put Apple on the map. Hopes are high that the company will, once again, make waves with some major hardware announcements after nearly a year of relative quiet.
Rumors about what that might actually look like, of course, abound. Here are a few of the more notable predictions:
A new iPhone is all but guaranteed to be part of tomorrow’s news. As Wired points out:
Since the debut of the iPhone 4S in 2011, Apple has regularly launched a new iPhone in early fall (usually September). With umpteen thousand supply chain leaks, insider gossip, and purported photos, there is no doubt that we will see a new iPhone on Tuesday. And this iPhone will likely differ significantly from its predecessors.
The Long-Awaited iWatch
No other hypothetical device has captured the collective attention of the Apple faithful more than the iWatch. Hopefully, Mashable and the other outlets are right and we’ll all get a glimpse at the real deal tomorrow. Don’t get too excited though: if an iWatch makes an appearance tomorrow, it’s unlikely that we’ll see it in stores any time soon.
It seems like just yesterday that Jony Ive unleased iOS 7 on the world, but iOS 8 is coming. Developers got a first look at WWDC in June, but ArsTechnica is anticipating that we’ll get a closer look tomorrow. Expect to see a new keyboard, a new Health app, improvements to both Messages and Photos, as well as better multitasking tools. And, look for something about Handoff and Continuity, two features that will enable seamless transfer of files between iOS devices and those running OS X Yosemite.
Bonus: A New iPad?
The jury’s out on this one, as there hasn’t been a lot of buzz. But for some, hope springs eternal, even if Apple has traditionally reserved iPad announcements for October. If there is a new iPad or iPad Air in the works, don’t expect to see anything earth-shattering; at least, that’s what Wired has been saying.
Regardless of what transpires tomorrow, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that attendees won’t leave disappointed. If you’re among the lucky few to see the action in-person, you can follow along online: Apple will be live-streaming the entire event here.
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