The mainstream view of tomorrow’s event is we’ll get an iPhone 5c which is identical to the 5 but with a plastic back and then a 5s which is the same case as the 5 but with faster hardware and a fingerprint scanner. Nothing else is expected. Now I’ve learned enough about getting excited for the events so as to not expect too much. If anything tomorrow’s event is unusual in that expectations are so low in the media. (Contrast this with last year’s event which could never have lived up to expectations) The only real question mark is the fingerprint scanner. Most suck and are easy to spoof. There’s some indication that the company Apple bought had a breakthrough and this will be a scanner that actually works consistently and is difficult to spoof. If so then the scanner may have some big implications long term. (And will also be something quite difficult for Samsung or Google to copy) I suspect though it’ll be a normal scanner which will be nice for using in place of a 4 digit lock screen pass. It probably won’t be something I’d want to trust for financial transactions. My hope is Apple wows us with their scanner, but we just won’t be able to tell until the devices have been out for a few months.
For the rest, here’s what I hope happens but don’t really expect to happen.
1. Apple calls it an iPhone 6 instead of the 5s. I hate the bi-yearly naming. I’d love it if Cook threw everyone a curve ball here. Of course names don’t mean a whole lot but breaking the expectation web would be nice.
2. Siri interpretation on the handset. This would require more memory which is why no one would have noticed it with the current betas. With the iPhone 6 there will be little communication with Apple’s servers letting Siri be as fast (and as unaffected by cell connection) as Google Voice Search is.
3. Nano returns to the click wheel. The screen on my 2cd Gen iPod Nano just died. Talking with others on ADN I realized just how much of a pinnacle of design the Nano was. Unlike any touchscreen device the Nano could be used in your pocket. The last few iterations really have sucked. Bring back the classic design. They are ideal as a lightweight device for jogging. Just give it Bluetooth 4 for communication with headphones and cars.
4. iBooks on the Web. We’ve not really seen any indication of iBooks for iOS7. We do know Apple’s non-Apple solution to their apps (i.e. Android, Windows and Linux) has been iCloud versions. iWork is in public beta for instance. It’d be great if Apple follows Google and Amazon with a web version of iBooks so I can read my books. This will also help iBooks by making it seem less tied to the iPad but without giving the benefit of a native app.
5. iMessage on the Web. Ditto for the above. Of course what I really want is iMessage on non-phone devices to be able to send SMS via the phone from my Mac or iPad. That’s not going to happen but its something that could easily be done with its syncing abilities.
6. New iTunes. iBooks has been split out of iTunes. It’d be great if they announce new programs for Mavericks with the functions split out. (Although I wish iBooks had more of the functionality for books that iTunes had)
7. Retinal iPad Mini. Most people think there will be a separate iPad event. However it’s possible we get a new faster iPad 5 and iPad Mini. I think the retinal iPad Mini is unlikely, but the Nexus 7 definitely has raised the bar.