It’s time for another announcement from Apple. This time things are a little different. Steve Jobs is gone. The typical iPhone announcement from the past 4 years has been moved from June-ish to October. And though an iPhone 5 has long been rumored, it’s now looking like we’re not even going to see it.
Here are 5 things that I would love to see happen at next week’s event.
- iPhone 5 Announcement – We’ve been hearing it since about a year ago, and now it’s time for Apple to step up to the plate. The iPhone 4 is superb, there’s no doubt about that. But, a redesigned iPhone 5 would make fanboys across the world so happy. A recent study says 41% of iPhone users are willing to upgrade to an iPhone 5, so make it happen!
- iPad 3 Announcement – This is far-fetched but not completely impossible. There had been rumors early this year that an upgrade to iPad 2 would be hitting the shelves in the fall in time for the holiday season. Whether it be iPad 3 or iPad 2LMNOP, it would be a huge surprise and very exciting to see a new iPad
- Steve Jobs – Steve just peaced out this summer without having a proper goodbye. In fact he hasn’t addressed his departure publicly that I am aware of (just an internal memo to employees). We want to see Steve one last time on the stage before saying farewell to not only the company but to the legacy he created for millions of people around the world.
- A surprise new iPhone feature – Odds are Apple is going to announce an assistant feature with iOS. In other words, you’ll be able to say things to your phone and it will do them. Such things as text-to-speech texting, Google-searching and maps-finding are probably on their way. Though these things are neat, they are rarely used. I don’t think I’ve ever used the Voice Control option that came along iOS 3 unless it was to show some child in my family a “magic trick.” In other words, let’s make the iPhone more exciting again! I’m so bored with it! It needs an X Factor again!
- OS X Lion update – With the introduction of iCloud, OS X Lion is going to need some upgrades as well, right? I’ve had iOS 5 on my phone since it was announced for developers but haven’t been able to fully take advantage of the iCloud/Photostreaming features. Maybe we’ll get all of that + something exciting with OS X Lion? The event is all about iPhone, so it’s unlikely.
- iPhone 4S is announced as only new iPhone option
- No new iPhone 5 (this is likely).
- No upgrade to the iPod line
- No news of iPhone 5
- No news of Apple TV
- No Steve Jobs
- No “One last thing” (unlikely, since this was Steve’s trademark)