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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.

The iWatch

Yes, we left the best for last. Perhaps no hypothetical device has garnered so much attention as Apple's entry into the wearable market — at least not since the iPhone. Here's what we know about the device for sure:

Nothing. Absolutely nothing. We don't even know for sure that it exists, except that with all the smoke, there must be some sort of wrist-mounted fire somewhere. But whether it's a fitness band, a timepiece, a wrist computer, or a snap bracelet, we couldn't say for sure. It does seem more likely to accompany an iPhone, given the mobility aspect of both, and we do think it's more of an accessory than a standalone device. We'd also bet on a sapphire screen and the fact that it runs some version of iOS, though it may be as distinct from the iPhone and iPad as the Apple TV is.

But if we're going to put our chips on the table, here's one thing we'd guess: It won't ship this fall. As with the original Apple TV and the original iPhone before it, Apple may show off the iWatch this year, but not ship it for another six months or so. While that might mean missing the lucrative holiday shopping window, its announcement might prompt folks to buy a new iPhone — especially if the iWatch works best (or only) with the new models.

That's a wrap

Even our modest conjectures seems like a lot to pack into just a couple short hours. There's barely any time for Phil Schiller to jump off something tall or for Craig Federighi to FaceTime with Dr. Dre, but we're sure Apple will fit in a few surprises.

We've told you what we're expecting — what about you? Tell us about your hopes and dreams for Apple's September event.

 

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