Apple’s Sept. 1 Surprises: What To Expect
Image and announcement come courtesy of Engadget. Here’s a rundown on the event and what we may see…
iPod Touch with FaceTime Camera: Very likely. There are enough leaked photos of repair parts showing the camera hole, and rumors about an iPod touch with a camera have been floating around for the last year and a half, with a failed iPod Touch + camera prototype even surfacing.
New AppleTV / iTV for $99: Unlikely. Despite numerous rumors about the iTunes Cloud service, and rumored deals to bring 99-cent TV show rentals to the iTunes store, there has been little to no leaked manufacturing details in any shape or form about the device, just rumors and sources. And hey, I hear you — just because Apple couldn’t keep the lid on a few recent announcements doesn’t mean that they can’t keep this one under wraps. But, I’m just saying… Realistically, I’d hope Apple updates their existing AppleTV with iOS or something fun, for all of us poor saps who coughed up $250 for something that’s become more of an elegant iTunes-based paperweight.
iOS 4 for iPad: Very likely. No one is talking about this because Jobs already said that it was coming Fall 2010, but there’s a chance Apple may NOT release it for whatever reason. You never know, they’re Apple. I just know that if it doesn’t come, I’ll be sad. iOS 4 on my iPhone is so nice that I can’t wait to have those features on my iPad.
Verizon / CDMA iPhone or iPad: Not a chance. Quit it, all of you. I don’t want to hear about it. I don’t care if developer code in beta of iOS 4.1 show something new or a unknown yet-to-be-announced product. I’m not putting my money on anything Verizon-related ever. At least not until January 2011…
iLife 2011: Hopeful. Here’s something no one is talking about: Apple typically provides a nifty little hint to what their announcements are going to be based on the artwork on the invitation. Above, you’ll see a guitar with a Apple logo as the acoustic sound hole. iLife hasn’t had a decent update since iLife ’09, so it’s plenty time for an update. Apple traditionally provided a bump every year since the 2003 inception, but skipped out in 2007 and clearly for 2010, since iLife announcements have been traditionally done in January.
Of course, there will be a refresh of size on the iPod classic line, and maybe a face-lift for the iPod nano. Have anything else you’d like to see come September? Let us know. We’ve got a whole week to speculate.