September 9th has been picked– by someone– as the date for Apple to introduce the new iPhone 6. There is historical precedent, but not much else. We can expect OS X 10.10 Yosemite and iOS 8 sometime this fall. Everything else is contradictory speculation.
Just The Facts, Ma’am
With apologies to Joe Friday, the facts in evidence surrounding Apple’s immediate future are non-existent. Much of what most of us have read to date is contradictory.
For example, Apple hasn’t acknowledged September 9th as the iPhone’s introduction date. Maybe we’ll see the iWatch instead.
Speaking of iWatch, Apple has stated that a new product category could be introduced this year (and the year is waning), but a new reports says it will be next year instead.
See what’s going on?
Reports earlier this year said iPhone 6 would have a sapphire display. Then we read that it would only be available on the larger iPhone 6 with a 5.5-inch display.
True to form, we’ve also read and heard that there won’t be a 5.5-inch iPhone, and the sapphire display won’t show up until next year.
Then again, nearly every pundit expects Apple to up the iPhone’s screen size to two models– 4.7-inch display, and 5.5-inch display, and a new A8 CPU.
Some expect an iPhone with a Liquidmetal body and sapphire glass hybrid screen, while others say the battery will be larger, the camera improved, and include LTE data speeds up to 150-megabits (a lot of good that will do on a public internet that chugs along at less than 10-megabits).
We can expect an iPhone with an improved Touch ID sensor but what about using the front-facing camera for retina ID scanning? Other reports say the iPhone 6 with the larger display will have a better camera, a sapphire glass screen, more storage, and a higher price tag than the smaller version, which won’t have the same specifications.
I’ve been following Apple online for 10 years and I’ve never seen such a wide variety of possibilities in the run up to a new product. Contradictions abound, but how about that reversible USB cable and connector. Look at that fat thing closely. Will that fit the USB connector on your Mac?
iAm, Therefore, iWatch
What of a sensor-laden iWatch or similar wearable device? Some say that’s what will be introduced on September 9th, with the iPhone to follow a few weeks later. Others say the reverse. I love the design on Brent Marsalla’s site, but worry about who would buy such an expensive device.
Luxury watches are fashion statements, while an iWatch aims to be more utilitarian in nature.
Apple has been on a fashion industry and biometric sensor hiring spree of late, so obviously the company is working on something that’s not a Mac, iPhone, or iPad, but probably wearable. But what? A watch seems logical, and Apple has patents on curved displays and other technology that would seem fit for a wearable device.
Apple became a disciplined company in the Steve Jobs era, and we see much the same attitude in the post-Jobs era under CEO Tim Cook. Apple usually surprises critics and customers with new features, but with so many options that contradict, how can a new iPhone be anything but a huge disappointment?
Except to the 150-million people who will buy one.