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What to expect from Apple's September 9 event

Dan Moren | Sept. 1, 2014
Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 6, iOS 8, OS X Yosemite, new iPad and iWatch next Tuesday.

Roll them bones, strain the tea leaves, and consult your crystal balls. With Apple's September 9 event now a matter of public record, the only sensible way to while away the hours over the next week and a half is to speculate about what precisely the company might have hidden up its sleeves strange temporary building.

There are any number of rumors afoot about what Apple has in the works, but that doesn't mean that every single theoretical device from Cupertino will pop up at September's event. But there are certainly plenty of options to choose from, especially given Apple's coy "wish we could say more" invitation.

iPhone 6

Let's knock this one right off the list. You can look at the rumors, the historical timing, whatever you want — this is about as close to a sure thing as you can get when playing the Apple prognostication game. Of course, exactly what form said iPhone will take is still (largely) a matter of conjecture. Despite the leaks of many of the device's parts, we've yet to see the whole package — and that's the area where Apple excels at setting its products apart from those of its competitors.

That said, a few factors have become more substantial as the mists clear: The new iPhone will probably have a larger, 4.7-inch screen — and there will likely be a 5.5-inch model as well. At least one of the models (and perhaps both) will probably feature a sapphire screen. You can also expect the usual niceties that we see with a new model of iPhone: a better camera, an improved processor, and perhaps another new hardware feature or two.

That last is still fairly shrouded in mystery: We've heard everything from a barometric pressure sensor to a Near Field Communications (NFC) radio that could be used for mobile payments. While both are possibilities, there also remains the chance for something out of left field. 

Anyway, take the iPhone 6 (and probably a larger screened version) to the bank; if Apple does announce it, the new model will probably ship around the end of the following week, on September 19, with pre-orders kicking off on September 12. And though rumors of larger capacity iPhones persist, we'd bet on the same price points and storage capacities as the current line-up. Why mess with success?

iOS 8

Where there's a new iPhone, the new version of iOS can't be far behind. First showed off at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference, the latest iteration to Apple's mobile OS will probably get a recap at the event. But will there be anything new?

 

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