Here’s our roundup for Tuesday’s Apple event and what we’re expecting.
Let’s talk iPhone: Even though there is no concrete evidence for an iPhone redesign, many are still speculating (we call you ’5ers’!) and reporting that one is coming at this event. Because of lack of evidence for a redesign, we believe that Apple will introduce only an iPhone 4S on Tuesday. Here’s what we know:
iPhone 4S (N94) shows up in iTunes with the design of the CDMA iPhone 4. This points to the iPhone 4S gaining the Verizon iPhone 4 antenna – which makes sense for a global GSM/CDMA device. After all, the Verizon iPhone packs the dual-mode Qualcomm Gobi chip.
. While case-makers have gone full steam ahead in baking different sized tear drop cases, we think Apple either punk’d them or they got designs of a 2012 device that is at least a few months out.
iPhone 5 specifications (4 inch display, 4G) which showed up in unconfirmed screenshots taken on Cincinnati Bell’s (who?) website. Carriers (especially unheard of ones) have no information about Apple’s upcoming handsets. That includes its screen size and name, though there are no shortage of carriers calling it an ‘iPhone 5′. *
As you can clearly see, the evidence for an iPhone redesign is super slim: no SDK references, no iTunes references, no hints of such a phone being in production, no sources spotting such devices. Nothing. If Apple pulls an iPhone 5 redesign out on Tuesday, it will be a major and almost unheard of surprise.
There were also sketchy reports that the iPod Classic and Shuffle will soon be discontinued. We’ve heard that iPod Classics continue to be shipped from Apple’s supply centers including orders that are to be delivered after the event so this is likely untrue.
We’ve also heard the 8GB iPod Touch will see a price cut perhaps to surpass the newly introduced $199 Amazon Kindle Fire for Christmas shopping season. (Thanks, Mr. X!).
Other interesting tidbits:
Apple may be set to release at least one of their new products on October 4th. We’ve heard uncorroborated – but reliable – whispers that Apple has sent boxes of product with a “do not open until Oct. 4th” sign to Apple retail stores
We’ve also heard uncorroborated whispers of Apple opening retail stores at 7AM for the October 14th launch of the iPhone 4S. This will be preceded by a major Apple retail overnight/visuals shift on October 13th. Some stores may even be open until midnight.
* On that note, TUAW – who posted on these unconfirmed screenshots – is somehow claiming we made up our story about iPhone 4S references appearing in iTunes. This is according to their sources ‘who examined iTunes Betas’ –The same Betas that I (in addition to several others) independently located the references in. We’re not sure what to say.