Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is notoriously secretive when it comes to its future products. However, thanks to multiple leaks from the Cupertino-based company’s China-based supply chain and “unnamed sources” cited by various media outlets, Apple watchers have a fairly good idea about what to expect and what not to expect at the company’s upcoming September 10 media event. Here are six products and services that Apple aficionados might see at tomorrow’s event in Cupertino.
1. iPhone 5S
Based on Apple’s product refresh cycle history and multiple leaks from Apple’s supply chain, most observers are confident that Apple will be revealing an upgraded flagship iPhone at tomorrow’s event. This device is widely expected to be called the iPhone 5S. However, unlike previous iPhone refreshes, Apple is expected to expand its color options beyond black and white. According to various supply chain leaks, Apple will unveil two new colors for the iPhone 5S: gold/champagne and graphite/gray.
Besides the additional colors, the device is also rumored to include a faster A7 processor and an improved camera with dual LED flash. However, perhaps the most radical upgrade that the new iPhone 5S is rumored to include is the fingerprint scanner. This biometric technology may simply be used as a secure authentication method for iPhone owners or it may be part of a new electronic payment system.
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, it’s no secret that Apple is widely expected to unveil a lower-cost iPhone alongside the typical flagship device upgrade. According to multiple leaks, the plastic iPhone 5C will be available in various color options, including white, red, green, blue, yellow, and possibly even pink.
Many analysts have even offered estimated price ranges for the iPhone 5C. Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty believes the device will cost $399 and will put Apple “on the path to smartphone market share leadership” in China.
Since the new iPhones will be paired with iOS 7, most observers expect that Apple will provide a release date for the latest iteration of its mobile operating system. Apple’s latest iOS version is the most extensive redesign that the operating system has gotten since it was first released. Jony Ive led the redesign effort that stripped out the skeuomorphic design elements that have long been a part of iOS.
Apple fans might also see a few new features or alterations to the final iOS 7 product tomorrow. Apple has already changed the original font in iOS 7 in response to complaints during the beta testing phase.
Although Apple hasn’t confirmed a release date for iTunes Radio, many observers also expect the Cupertino-based company to release its new music streaming service alongside its new mobile operating system. Apple’s iTunes Radio will be an ad-supported music streaming service, though users can access an ad-free version if they also subscribe to Apple’s iTunes Match service.
Despite earlier rumors about several mysterious Apple TV shipments, it now appears that no new Apple TV hardware will be unveiled at tomorrow’s event. However, according to unnamed sources cited by AllThingsD, Apple may soon be adding some new user-friendly features to the device via a software upgrade.
6. iPad 5 and iPad mini 2
Despite many analysts who believe that Apple will refresh its two iPad product lines before the year is up, it is not likely to happen at tomorrow’s media event. Well-connected KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes the fifth-generation iPad and an iPad mini with Retina display will be released sometime in the fourth quarter. This prediction would also be in line with last year’s release schedule when both iPads were made available in October.
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