Tech Talk: Apple’s September 12 media event predictions

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We already had a Tech Talk post about what you all want to see Apple unveil tomorrow at its September 12 media event, but we didn’t talk about what you think they will announce. There are a plethora of things that Apple could show off tomorrow at Yerba Buena, but I’ve got a feeling that only a few of them will make the cut. Wanna see what they are? Keep reading to find out.

Next-generation iPhone

I’m not going to predict the name because – to be honest – Apple’s naming schemes are fairly messed up as of right now. What I will predict, however, is what the phone itself will look like: it’s going to be taller, likely with a resolution of  640 x 1136. The back will likely, unfortunately be that odd two-tone combination that we’ve seen in leaks over the past year. Other than the slightly stretched body and completely redesigned back, however, the new iPhone will be fairly close to the iPhone 4/4S in terms of design.

Of course, the biggest change to the new iPhone is, in my opinion, the new dock connector. There has been no shortage of rumors surrounding the redesigned dock connector – including our own exclusive report on how the included cable will block tethered jailbreaks – so it only makes sense that the dock connector will be changed. We’ll find exactly how it will be changed tomorrow – for better or worse.

New iPods

Just recently, a rumor went around the typical Apple rumor websites claiming that Apple will revamp its iPod lineup. That makes sense to me, as the current iPod touch is going on two years old – and really, the rest of the iPod lineup is due for a refresh, too.

The iPod touch is the only one that has gotten a lot of rumors, and they’re all about how it’ll be taller, just like the new iPhone. If it does get any taller, then I would say that it’ll have the same screen size as the iPhone, and thusly the same resolution. Other important specs, such as internals and pricing, will be found out tomorrow.

iOS 6

iOS 6 should be a given, as Apple promised that it would be released sometime near the fall – and we’re certainly near fall (in the US) already. If there are any surprises in iOS 6, they’ll all have to do with whatever new hardware the iPhone is packing, so none of them will apply to owners of current iPhones.

Outside the Apple event

That’s it for event announcements. I highly doubt that a rumored “iPad mini” will be announced tomorrow – even if I’d like to see one. Considering that the event will likely be filled with iOS 6, the new iPhone, and iPod news, I just can’t see another big product launch being fit into the event. Couple that with the rumor that there may be a second event held in October to announce the 7-inch iPad and you’ve got yourself one unlikely tablet guest for tomorrow’s event.

However, I do expect some releases outside of the announcement. Apple sometimes likes to release minor products or software updates after its events are done, and I have a sneaking suspicion that it may push out Mountain Lion 10.8.2 to its Mac users. That is purely speculation, of course, as there has been no news about that update’s golden master nearing completion, but it’s certainly a possibility.

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Calob Horton

Calob Horton is an associate editor at Pocketables. He loves all technology, no matter which company it comes from. This unbiased view of the tech world allows him to choose the products that best fit his personal needs and tastes: a Microsoft Surface Pro, a Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and a third-gen iPad.Google+ | Twitter | More posts by Calob | Subscribe to Calob's posts