The rumors were true: Apple really is hosting another of its flagship events on September 10, and all signs point to its using the occasion to unveil at least one new model of iPhone. My colleague Dan Moren and I have already made a slew of predictions about what new iPhones might look like. But what else might be on the docket? And what's definitely not going to happen?
No chance: A new iPad
The iPad and the iPhone have plenty in common, so a case could be made for unveiling new versions of both iOS devices side by side. But one of their many commonalities is that both devices garner significant media attention when new versions are unveiled, and Apple would prefer to have that press spotlight shined upon itself twice instead of just once. The iPhone now owns September on Apple's theatrical schedule, but watch this space for an iPad event in October—just in time for the ho, ho, holiday season.
Very likely: New iPods
A year ago, Apple debuted all sorts of new iPods. It seems as if each year the iPad nano scores a significant facelift, each year the iPod classic is on the chopping block, and each year the iPod touch receives an update to make it more like the latest iPhone. Any new iPhone will (rightly) get the lion's share of the attention, but new iPods are almost certain to be on the September 10 agenda, too.
Not outside the realm of possibility: iTunes 11, Take 2
Last year, Apple unveiled iTunes 11. It's probably too soon for iTunes 12, but it may be the perfect time for Apple to release a version of the app that supports the iTunes Radio feature coming in iOS. And if we're really, really lucky, perhaps the update will make iTunes's weird Up Next feature work less bizarrely. But let's not hold our collective breath on that one.
Probably not going to happen: A new iOS accessory
At its September 2012 event, Apple first showed off EarPods, an updated version of its iconic white headphones, which Apple says will fit your ears better and my ears say won't.
Is there room for a second iPhone accessory update in two years? Lightning is obviously the cable connection of the future, so it's not going anywhere. The one innovation Apple might unveil next Tuesday that would get at least this reporter fired up would be a version of the Lightning cable that wasn't too short for every conceivable purpose in the world. I would give a 6-foot, official, Apple-branded Lightning cable five mice, sight unseen.
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