Welcome to our "pregame show" for the Apple event.
We're less than an hour away from showtime, but our pre-show is on the air
A big day is expected, w/ product updates across the board
New iPhones, a new Apple TV box, and possibly a big-screen iPad as well
Apple's Eddy Cue is already hinting at the Apple TV in his latest tweet:
Well, they already have iTunes, which has nearly every TV show and movie on-demand. However:
the rumored streaming video service, similar to Sling TV, is supposedly delayed until 2016
The rumored updates for the Apple TV hardware are: Siri voice support, universal search, and a real app store, similar to the iPhone/iPad
This is our pre-show coverage. The actual even startsat 1pm ET / 10am PT
We expect the new phones to be nearly identical on the outside, but with better internals: faster A9 chip, better camera, double the RAM
and, there are persistent rumors of a Force Touch screen
Already in place on the Watch, Force Touch offers different inputs depending how hard you press the screen
You may be disappointed. The rumors are that there will be no 6C for now, but the 5S, 6 and 6 Plus will get the requisite $100 price drop
We'll probably get the same basic screen resolution as last year. And while Samsung phones have awesome screens, they are not 4K -- the recently announced Sony Xperia phone will be the first handset with a 4K screen
Bruno is talking about the new battery saving mode coming with iOS 9. It'll be a welcome addition, to be sure. It'll be interesting to see exactly the sort of battery life claims that Apple makes, too.
And to mention from earlier -- the Sony phone will be the first with a 4K screen, we *do* expect Apple to add 4K video capture on these new iPhones, which Samsung and others already offer.
Noted Apple pundit John Gruber originally speculated that the Apple Watch would be highlighted over a new iPad, w/ the latter being held for an October event. Subsequently, however,
... he changed his tune, saying his sources say this will be the only Apple event this fall.
That said, expect Tim Cook & Co. to mention something about the Watch -- the new WatchOS 2 update is slated to come later this year, and it fixes some notable issues, most important of which is adding native apps to the Watch
Anything's possible, but I doubt we'll see new Watch hardware. Again, expect them to focus on what's new with the software. And it sounds like we'll get some new watchbands, too.
As for iOS 9, if Apple follows its normal schedule, we'll likely see that update hit late next week -- probably Thursday.
... with the new iPhones available for sale on Friday the 18th in many countries. (Again, IF they follow tradition.)