Tomorrow afternoon, Apple is hosting its yearly iPhone event where we’re likely going to see the official unveiling of the iPhone 5S, the iPhone 5C, and take another in-depth look at iOS 7. There have also been rumors that Apple could announce a MacBook refresh, as well as some new iPads. What should you expect tomorrow?
iPhone 5S and 5C
For months now, the main Apple rumors have been regarding the upcoming flagship iPhone 5S, and the cheaper, midrange, colorized iPhone 5C model. The 5S is expected to come in a few color options, much in the way of the metallic crayons that come in a standard Crayola box — a graphite (black) option, a silver (the white one), and a champagne (gold). Each color is expected to be classy and muted, without a gaudy gold-brick style shine. The iPhone 5S has also been rumored to contain a fingerprint scanner in the vicinity of the Home button, as well as increased photo capabilities in the form of a dual-LED flash.
The iPhone 5C, aside from the more vivid color options akin to the old iPod Nanos, will sport a plastic body, and be more of a midrange phone than a true budget phone. This is because the overall rumored price has consistently fallen into a range that will still set you back multiple hundreds of dollars, though could hit a nice $ 99 mark on contract. As for the hardware, it’s said to be around the same power of the iPhone 5, so it would be lagging behind the 5S in terms of power.
Technically, there’s no official release date for Apple’s upcoming mobile OS. However, the operating system tends to release around the time the new phones do, so it would be safe to expect iOS 7 to release alongside the iPhone 5S, or at least shortly after. Back in June we got an in-depth look at iOS 7, and while it still maintains its iOS-like simplicity, it will move into the skinny-text, flat-color look of the modern times more like Windows 8′s Metro or Android’s current aesthetic. The skeuomorphism will be gone, replaced by simple lines and shapes.
What we don’t know much about, though, is Apple’s rumored music-streaming service, iTunes Radio. Thankfully, this isn’t Ping 2.0, but is said to be more akin to Pandora or Spotify.
There have been iPad 5 and Retina iPad Mini rumblings for a while now, but reports can’t decide whether or not they’ll be included in tomorrow’s event, or make an appearance at a separate event. The same goes for a MacBook Pro refresh; Haswell is out in the wild, but MBPs do not count as part of that wild just yet. A Haswell-powered MBP is a safe bet to exist at some point, but tomorrow might not be that point, as the event appears to be focused on mobile.
We’re likely also to focus on the new chip that powers the iPhone 5S, the A7, especially because it’ll likely be included in the upcoming iPads.
With the unveiling of the iPhone 5C, it also wouldn’t be surprising if Apple finally buries the iPod, as all but the Nano (thanks to its size) have been superfluous for quite a while anyway. Then again, a new iPod Touch and Nano were released at the same time as the iPhone 5 last year, so perhaps there’s still a market Apple will want to continue beating to death.
Apple could also reveal a smartwatch — since everyone and their grandmothers already did. However, it’s just as likely Apple wouldn’t want to reveal an entirely new product and take the focus away from the iPhones.
Whatever happens tomorrow, those on the S line of iPhones will certainly be happy to finally upgrade to a fifth row of app icons.