Apple is set to unveil the iPhone 5 on October 4th. There will be a few differences this time. It will be Tim Cook’s first time as CEO to introduce a new product. The event will not be held at Apple’s usual venue, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
Another first is the rumor of two iPhone models. We’re not talking two colors. We’re talking to completely different pieces of hardware.
Let’s take a look at what we expect from the October 4th event.
1) It will be held on Apple’s Campus This Time
This rumor emerged recently. Apple’s events are usually held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in downtown San Francisco. This time it’s happening at Apple HQ. It’s not known exactly why, but AllThingsD, which broke the story, says that it could be because of the uncertainty of the release date. Their other guess is that it’s to give newly-appointed CEO Tim Cook a more intimate venue for his first major product announcement.
2) We will see Tim Cook present
Of course that all brings us to our next point. That is Tim Cook. Tim Cook has been a presenter before, but this will be his first major product announcement as CEO of Apple. It will be interesting to see how he carries the presentation, and we are sure that he will still make the iPhone 5 one of the most desirable smartphones on the market.
3) We will learn about the Sprint iPhone 5
The iPhone is coming to Sprint. This has been reported widely, and the Wall Street Journal broke the story. They tend to be right with their Apple rumors, so we will give them this one. Sprint subscribers wanting an iPhone will finally have their device. We don’t expect too much focus on this other than the announcement and some quick PR talk from Sprint executives.
4) We will see the more cost effective iPhone
This model has also been talked about since early this year. It’s a more cost-effective iPhone. Rumors say it will just be an iPhone 4 with a smaller storage capacity (8GB, to be exact). This sounds about right, and the lower storage could definitely help reduce costs. However, it will be nice to see it confirmed. Also, if this is actually an iPhone 4 body, we are curious to see how the iPhone 5 is designed in order to truly differentiate its design.
5) The iPhone models will have official names
We have been calling the iPhone 5 for some time, and the other model has been called the iPhone 4S. None of us know for sure what it will be named. iPhone 5 just works because regardless of what they name it officially, it’s the 5th iPhone. That doesn’t mean it won’t be the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 4S. We just don’t have the official word yet.
6) The New iPod line will be Introduced
Of course we can’t forget what the fall event is usually about. It’s normally Apple’s music event. This is when they take the time to introduce the new line of iPod devices. Will the iPod classic finally be discontinued? Will the iPod touch become the new ‘iPod’? What can we expect from the shuffle and nano lines? We should learn all that soon.
What Are You Counting on Seeing?
We expect all these things to happen, but they are all pretty safe bets. It’s just what we expect to see, not what we hope to see, or what kinds of surprises may be revealed. It’s all within reasonable expectation.