Today is the day that consumers around the world have been waiting for since the iPhone 4 was released two years ago. The iPhone 5 is expected to be announced later this morning at Apple’s unveiling event in San Francisco. The release of the phone is one of the worst-kept secrets in history, but what can we expect from the new iPhone?
The sure things
The new iPhone is going to have a new operating system (iOS6), a new dock connector, and is going to be taller, thinner and higher resolution (likely 1,136 x 640) than all of the past iPhones. It’s also just about a sure thing that you are going to be able to pick up yours on September 21st. We can be fairly sure that this device will include LTE (aka 4g), as well.
What we dont’ know
First of all, we don’t know they are going to call this thing. I was shocked at the last Apple event when they announced the newest iteration of the iPad was going to be called “the new iPad” rather than the iPad 3. In the same vein, I’d be somewhat shocked if this device wasn’t named the iPhone 5. Yet, there is some strong evidence pointing to Apple simply calling this just “the new iPhone.”
We know iOS6 is going to mean new features not only for owners of the new iPhone, but also some past iPhones, iPads, and iPods, as well. We know there is going to be a revamped version of Maps including turn by turn directions, Facebook integration, a new app called “Passbook” for manages passes, coupons, gift cards, etc, Facetime over cellular networks, a new podcast app, the removal of the YouTube app, a new “Lost” mode, and much more.
Of course, the big news is going to be what (if any) surprises Apple has in store. When releasing the 4S, there was very little (if any) rumblings around about Siri – a feature that turned out to be, for better or worse, one of the selling points of the phone. I can’t imagine what Apple might have up their collective sleeves, but a big feature or two might help consumers from feeling a bit somewhat burned by Apple hype machine as many did with the release of the 4S. I’m going out on a limb and predicting the rumored 7.85″ “Mini iPad” isn’t going to be announced today, but rather at a separate event in October.
I’m guessing we are going to see updates to the iPod and/or iMac line. It’s possible one could be announced now and another could be alongside the iPad mini announced in October. Anyway, I hope they announce to fix the iPod Nano which I mentioned is my least favorite Apple product ever.
There are minor surprises that we might see… increases in size, processor, and camera’s would all be welcome. At the very least, I expect to learn the new iPhone is going to include something that hasn’t really been strongly rumored.
The worst thing for many consumers about the iPhone 5 has nothing to do with Apple itself. For customers on AT&T and Verizon, unless you want to shell out $600+ for the subsidized phone, you’ll be forced to sign up for one of their Everything Sucks data plans.
The iPhone 5 (or new iPhone or whatever they want to call it) is going to be a cash cow for Apple. There is very little doubt that it’s certainly going to be the best selling consumer device of the year. I’m interested in seeing the response the announcements, new features (or lack thereof), new dock and much more. If you’re interested in all things iPhone, I highly suggest you follow my example and check out the Engadget liveblog during your lunch break.