Social Saturday: What I expect from the Tuesday event

Facebook user Gabriel F (and many others) asks: “What are you expecting to see on Tuesday?”

With the October 4 iPhone event just around the corner, it’s not entirely surprising that virtually every question this week is focused on the iPhone 5 (or 4S). As such, I figured it was only appropriate to go over what I think Apple will unveil on Tuesday.

iPhone 5: First and foremost, I believe we will finally get a glimpse at the iPhone 5. I can’t say what the device will look like exactly, though I’d wager it’ll be pretty close to the most recent round of mock-ups we’ve been seeing (thinner, aluminum back, shorter but wider body, elongated touch-sensetive home button, larger screen). As far as features go, I’m sure we’ll see the standard upgraded camera (8 megapixel), A5 processor, and everything that goes a long with iOS 5. There is also a good possibility of a new “one more thing” feature, but I really don’t know enough to comment on that. As far as multiple devices go, I’m not expecting an iPhone 4S. I think the 5 will be the only new device, and the 4 will drop down to the introductory price. 

iOS 5: We all know what iOS 5 stands to offer. We’ll definitely see another quick demo of the software to maximize hype. As far as a release date goes, I think it’ll go live the day the iPhone 5 goes on sale (probably around October 14). For a while I thought it would be available the day of the event. However, seeing as it’s only days away and there’s still no Gold Master, I think it’s more likely that the GM will be released to developers on the 4th with the final version going live shortly thereafter.

iCloud: Similar to iOS 5, I think we’ll be treated to a refresher course to get us reacquainted with some of iCloud’s best features, and the service will go live when iOS 5 does.

iPods: The September event has historically been devoted to the introduction of the new round of iPods, so I’d be surprised if they didn’t make an appearance. The current round of rumors says the iPod touch won’t see much (or any) change besides the introduction of a white model. As far as the rest of the iPod line goes, your guess is as good as mine, though there’s a chance Apple might take this opportunity to announce the death of the iPod Classic and the iPod Shuffle. *tear*

Everything else: And that’s really all the major stuff I’m predicting. Of course, we’ll get the usual statistics/bragging session where various presenters spout numbers at us to convey how well Apple products have been selling and how many records they’ve broken. I don’t think Steve Jobs will be there. This is Tim Cook’s first major event as CEO, so it’s important to establish his authority – he’ll be leading the show. There may also be a presentation or two by app developers like Facebook, but that’s iffy.

What do you guys think? Am I pretty close to the mark, or way off? What are you most looking forward to from this event? Let me know in the comments below or send me a tweet!

Thanks again to Gabriel for the question! If you think you have a question or thought that would make a good article, you can submit it to be part of Social Saturday in one of two ways. Either tweet it to me at any time with the hashtag #SocialSaturday, or comment on the Social Saturday post on our Facebook page on Saturday morning.

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  • Awesumson

    Can’t wait for this event! I hope itll be an iphone5 and not a 4s. I’m notgoingto be able to sleep monday night despite the event taking place 5pm (ish) in my time zone.

  • LBdaMercenary

    I have a gut feeling that there is no ip5, but the ip4s is going to be what all the leaks are.

    • Anonymous

      I think that would be a huge fail if it is indeed just a minor internal upgrade. I hope apple is smarter than that.

  • Anonymous

    no iPods and nothing else Let’s talk iPhone. NOT iPod

  • Anonymous

    no iPods and nothing else Let’s talk iPhone. NOT iPod

  • Ross

    I assume a lot of people here have iPhones already.  Do you think its worth the additional $30-60 a month you pay for Verizon/ATT and maybe Sprint to get an iPhone vs an Android Phone on Boost or MetroPCS or Virgin Mobile (Sprint too) or others that offer unlimited everything for $40-60.  Even the big companies are now offering better deals with prepaid..I can get an unlimited everything for $50-55 or on Virgin I can get 1200 min and unlimited texts and data for only $45.  ATT would limit me to 450 minutes at 40, least amount of data is 15, and then if I wanted to be able to text, Id have to pay 20 which seems outrageous (why not have 5-10dollar plans too)…so thats 75 right there…vs paying 45 on virgin mobile for a nice android phone that would cost the same.  Im not sure .  I don’t use a lot of data and sadly don’t have hundreds of friends that I talk to every day…and can’t imagine being online all the time as I work from home a lot.  So spending an extra 30 or more a month just for the privilege of the iPhone?  It would help if I only made friends with iPhones since I hear texting will be free from iPhone to iPhone (I wonder if that goes for international texts since I have family in Canada with iPhones and a friend in Brisbane Aus with one too- but his is an iphone4….Do you guys think we’re seeing an iPhone 4s , iphone5 or both this time around….Or should I save money now and wait for the iPhone 6 when maybe Ill have more of  a need for the bells and whistles

  • Ross

    I assume a lot of people here have iPhones already.  Do you think its worth the additional $30-60 a month you pay for Verizon/ATT and maybe Sprint to get an iPhone vs an Android Phone on Boost or MetroPCS or Virgin Mobile (Sprint too) or others that offer unlimited everything for $40-60.  Even the big companies are now offering better deals with prepaid..I can get an unlimited everything for $50-55 or on Virgin I can get 1200 min and unlimited texts and data for only $45.  ATT would limit me to 450 minutes at 40, least amount of data is 15, and then if I wanted to be able to text, Id have to pay 20 which seems outrageous (why not have 5-10dollar plans too)…so thats 75 right there…vs paying 45 on virgin mobile for a nice android phone that would cost the same.  Im not sure .  I don’t use a lot of data and sadly don’t have hundreds of friends that I talk to every day…and can’t imagine being online all the time as I work from home a lot.  So spending an extra 30 or more a month just for the privilege of the iPhone?  It would help if I only made friends with iPhones since I hear texting will be free from iPhone to iPhone (I wonder if that goes for international texts since I have family in Canada with iPhones and a friend in Brisbane Aus with one too- but his is an iphone4….Do you guys think we’re seeing an iPhone 4s , iphone5 or both this time around….Or should I save money now and wait for the iPhone 6 when maybe Ill have more of  a need for the bells and whistles

  • Elissasinclair

    I think your predictions/what you’re expecting sounds pretty good and I think you could be pretty close to what will happen at the event.
    I can’t wait for the iPhone 5. But since I only got my iPhone 4 six months ago I won’t be able to uphrase for another year & a half so Im most looking forward to iOS5! :)

  • Daniel Wolfe

    Yeah. The event poster says “Let’s Talk iPhone.” sure they might say something about iCloud and definitely iOS 5. But my guess is that tHe i5 is the only device being talked about.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000123133745 Kat Zimmer

    I want an iPhone 5! I want an iPhone 5! I want an iPhone 5!

  • Anonymous

    I expect that if only a 4s is announced apple’s stock will take a big hit as the investors would want more for the delays and extra 4 months for just internal upgrades make no sense to me.

  • Steveh_rocks

    According to the leaked cases it’s NOT going to be shorter than the iPhone 4.