What’s The Next Big Thing From Apple?


On yesterday’s invite, all it says is, “Wish we could say more.”

Apple recently confirmed that it will be hosting a keynote event on Sept. 9, 2014, and if history is any indication we might have Cupertino’s next big thing on our hands when that date rolls around. According to reports, the event is set to take place at the Flint Centre for the Performing Arts, which has more than 2,400 seats—compare that to the iPhone 5 launch on September 10 last year, which reached capacity at roughly 750 attendees. Outside the downtown Cupertino building is a mysterious, all-white, three-storey construction thought to be linked to Apple’s event.

The sheer magnitude of the preparations signal this may be one of the company’s most important launch events yet. Of course, speculation over the past year has been rampant as to what’s next for the company. Herein, we take a look at the most probable reveals Apple has in store for us.


Photo: Mockup by Global Flare

The next iPhone
Whether it’s a wholly new iPhone 6 or an upgraded version of the 5, fall has traditionally been Apple’s moment to lift the veil on another smartphone. Although unconfirmed, schematics obtained by VentureBeat suggest that the next iPhone will feature wireless charging, near field communication (think Google Wallet and other wireless payments), 4G, as well as a larger screen. In respect to the latter, two models are being predicted, one with a 4.7-inch screen, and another with a 5.5-inch screen. None of that is final, but what we do know for sure is that it will be running iOS 8, the company’s most robust mobile operating system yet.

The new iPad
According to predictions from Bloomberg, sources say a new line of iPads may be on their way. Full-sized, 9.7-inch tablets are supposedly currently being manufactured, with a 7.9-inch mini version to follow. They’d be slightly larger than today’s iPad 4 models. However, MacWorld UK has reported that there may be a “pro” version coming that featured a considerably large 12.9-inch display and voice calling. Details are scant, but the biggest upgrade (as well as they likeliest) may include a new display that’s made of anti-reflection material.

Some sort of wearable
There have been rumours of a media-dubbed iWatch (more recently known as iTime) circulating all year, and several signs hint at Apple’s entry into the wearable tech arena. For one is its new Health app, whose emergence coincided with Nike (an Apple partner) ditching its FuelBand, presumably to allow Cupertino to take the lead on something similar. There’s also Apple CEO Tim Cook’s insistence that computing “belongs” on consumers’ wrists. A purported iWatch would have a touch screen display and connect to existing phones, and isn’t expected to ship earlier than 2015.

Something entirely different
Now that we’ve all grown accustomed to the annual cycle of iThing speculation, Apple may decide to do something entirely unexpected. Over the past year, Apple has acquired several social media analytics companies, including Topsy and Spotsetter—with its recent interest in Beats Electronics and Swell music streaming, it’s entirely possible we’re looking at an app launch or a pair of “smart” headphones. Also, we know some of Apple’s competitors have been playing around with virtual reality, holograms, augmented reality (think Google Glass) and more. It would be highly unlikely that Apple hasn’t been doing the same.


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