Oct 042011

It’s an hour before the iPhone event being held on the Apple Campus, so I thought I’d throw up a few predictions, none of which will be shocking to anyone – except for some people making stupid predictions:

iPhone 5 and/or iPhone 4S

I see 2 scenarios playing out. Either there will be 2 discrete products announced – a new iPhone and a minimally-repackaged (if at all repackaged) iPhone4, or an augmented iPhone 4, which for the sake of web convention I’ll call the 4S. If there are two, there will have to be ample differentiation between them. I have a hard time believing Apple will release a new model specifically to address the low-end market unless it is the previous-gen model. In other words, I don’t expect to see a markedly improved iPhone 4 in addition to the iPhone 5.

Of all that I’ve heard the iPhone 5 could have, I think the most likely major hardware features will include the iPad’s A5 processor, a better camera and a slightly larger display, edge-to-edge. I also think the integrated voice assistant we’ve been hearing so much about is also probable. Things I don’t think it will have: an NFC chip and a vastly redesigned chassis aka the “teardrop” design.

If only one phone is released a la the improved iPhone 4 model, I think it will be disappointing. I expect there to be 2 models.

I’ve also heard rumblings about Steve Jobs being there. I’m not going to say it won’t happen, but I’ll tell you why I think it’s a bad idea. This is Tim Cook’s ship now. Any time given to Steve Jobs is going to make this about Steve Jobs, which I would argue it shouldn’t be. Despite retarded proclamations of pundits everywhere, Apple’s always been about the products.

So strap yourself into your favorite Liveblog and let the newness of Apple’s kit wash over you.

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