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Apple has begun wrapping the entrance to the Yerba Buena Center with colorful banners in preparation for its iPhone 5 introduction, suggesting that new multicolored iPods will be part of the event.

The new banners (still being installed, below) evoke the paint-splashed imagery the company used to launch new iPods in previous years at its fall Apple Events, formerly dedicated to its music products through 2010.

Last year, however, Apple delayed the iPhone 4S release to the fall rather than its customary summer introduction date that all initial iPhone releases had through iPhone 4, the last new smartphone to debut at Apple's June Worldwide Developer Conference.



The blockbuster release of the iPhone 4S, alongside iOS 5 and iCloud, last October overshadowed new iPod introductions, which were limited to more affordable pricing, a white edition of the iPod touch, and new features inherited through iOS 5, including iMessage, WiFi sync, Game Center and Notifications.

Apple included the new iPods as a footnote at the iPhone 4S event, as the company's smartphone business has greatly overwhelmed its music player business, which itself had once been Apple's most important market segment after overtaking Mac sales.

The fall release of iPhone 4S helped Apple to dominate the important holiday shopping season and demolished previous launch records for the iPhone.

This year, Apple appears set to replicate last year, with a focus on the new iPhone 5, iOS 6 and new iCloud features and a secondary mention of new iPods that are once again expected to be made available in a range of colors. However, the company has also planned a second fall Apple Event that is expected to introduce a smaller new "iPad mini" tablet.



Inside the event venue, which is scheduled to begin at 10am Pacific Time on September 12, Apple has also installed a corporate logo, still visible through the front windows (as shown top above) but more readily discernible from within the building (above).



Additional progress on the building wrap revealed that the colorful stripes appear to be curtains, with a white Apple logo centered in front of them.
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Originally Posted by GadgetCanada View Post
Hmmm, those colour streaks seem very Retina-ish. I really hope this is not an iMac event. Although the 5 in the invite would point to the iPhone 5 (6th generation for TS)

 

I would absolutely love that at this point. Have this September event be the non-retina, Ivy Bridge iMac sans ODD (plus 13" retina MacBook Pro and new Mac Mini) and the iPhone in October. That would be classic Apple pranksterism taken to logical extremes. lol.gif

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Coloured iPhones?

I'll take a black one.
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I would absolutely love that at this point. Have this September event be the non-retina, Ivy Bridge iMac sans ODD (plus 13" retina MacBook Pro and new Mac Mini) and the iPhone in October. That would be classic Apple pranksterism taken to logical extremes. lol.gif

What do you figure the 5 would mean in that case?

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You know a company has an amazing mindshare when banners going up for a convention being held 5 days from now are news across the internet.
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What do you figure the 5 would mean in that case?

Why, 5 products of course! It's obvious.

13" MacBook Pro with Retina Display
Ivy Bridge iMac
Ivy Bridge Mac Mini
6th gen iPhone
iPad Mini

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Damn, I love when these banners go up. It's the first real, physical, tangible sign of whats coming up soon and makes the whole thing real. Gives me the chills. 

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Why, 5 products of course! It's obvious.
13" MacBook Pro with Retina Display
Ivy Bridge iMac
Ivy Bridge Mac Mini
6th gen iPhone
iPad Mini
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I couldn't see them doing the iPad Mini and iPhone in the same event; those are too big to go together. Maybe if you replaced the iPhone with an Apple TV update.

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You know what all those colors mean... iPod time!
I'd love to see a new Classic, but I'm not holding my breath.

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Coloured iPhones?
I'll take a black one.

How about colored iPod Touches?
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5 NEW products!!!  You know they gotta change all the iProducts with the old port to new ports as well as add the new iPhone to the list... AND if they are going to keep the iPhones 4 and 4S in the fold, they need to upgrade the ports on those products as well. So, something called an iPhone 6 still would have legs...

 

1. New generation iPhone with new port

2. Re-release of iPhone 4 with new port

3. Re-release of iPhone 4S with new port

4. Re-release of New iPad with new port

5. New generation iPod Touch with new port

 

Discontinuation of all the other iPods due to their mehness...

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Originally Posted by LighteningKid View Post
What do you figure the 5 would mean in that case?

 

Either a complete dodge or I'm sort of partial to the "five products" route. Even if it IS the iPhone event! 

 

iPhone, iPod touch, iPod nano, iPod shuffle (all four that 9to5 believes will be updated), and then iTunes as the fifth (remember those "completely redesigned" rumors?). iTunes is a product to Apple. 

 

So the 6th iPhone, 5th iPod touch (larger screen), new iPod nano (new colors, maybe Wi-Fi, maybe "bigger" like some think), and then the iPod shuffle (supposedly 8 colors now).

 

And then a new iTunes. I'd love a full UI overhaul there. Something better than we have now, and hopefully the iTunes Store gets some sort of equally good (not different, good) revamp. Subcategories of subcategories of subcategories. Even for movies and music and shows. 

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you are all totally wrong. 

 

those are an homage to the old TV test pattern strips. All that talk about delays was false. The Apple TV is real. THAT is what this event is about. The 5 is cause they are going to have 5 sizes. 24, 36, 48, 60 and the super duper Apple TV Pro that is 80 inches and has 4k resolution and glasses free 3D. All with with the Apple TV hardware inside (which is great cause all you can do is use the iTunes Store, Apple TV apps and airplay cause Samsung wouldn't give Apple a licensing deal on the SEPs they need for anything else).

 

They are also going to launch 3d downloads in the itunes stores. It's only the Disney/Pixar titles (but hey that includes the Avengers) and it's a $10 mark up but aren't we iSheep that will baaa about how great it is. We'll buy anything.

 

or they mean nothing and are just stupid stripes and a logo and Apple is laughing at all the blogs trying to 'interpret' the banners 

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Unlikely, the docks were made black and white, expect full black and white iPod Touch Models maybe. And they would be the thinnest iPod Touches ever made... because the screen size increase would make the components inside easier to fit, and thus thinner than ever. if apple would eliminate the 3.5 mm headphone jack and force users to use bluetooth headphones that is. Which is not a problem.

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if apple would eliminate the 3.5 mm headphone jack and force users to use bluetooth headphones that is. Which is not a problem.

 

That's a gargantuan problem.

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if apple would eliminate the 3.5 mm headphone jack and force users to use bluetooth headphones that is. Which is not a problem.

You can't foresee any problem with having absolutely no way to plug in headphones into your PMP? None? Nada? Ziltch?

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Discontinuation of all the other iPods due to their mehness...

 

I still have hope for a sort of Bluetooth iPod Nano Watch. That wouldn't be "meh"

 

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 if apple would eliminate the 3.5 mm headphone jack and force users to use bluetooth headphones that is. Which is not a problem.

Thats an interesting idea, or maybe they'll keep it and give the Touch the "tear-drop" design we've all been hoping for ;)

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5 = 5 years of iPhone
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You can't foresee any problem with having absolutely no way to plug in headphones into your PMP? None? Nada? Ziltch?

Plug? Easy. I have Bluetooth headphones.

But I doubt Apple would drop analog jack, it's too soon.
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It's never too soon. And Apple doing it first would be "revolutionary" and everyone would follow. hahaha. But it's not a possibility this year. And it would also give room for one more speaker.


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I hope colored skins aren't the marquee feature this year.

Perhaps iPhone Bluetooth integration with the iPod nano to allow users to manage their iPhone from their iPod nano.
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Can't wait for Wednesday, hoping for a curve ball!

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You know a company has an amazing mindshare when banner going up for a convention being held 5 days from now are news across the internet.

This is what some people will never get.

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Plug? Easy. I have Bluetooth headphones.
But I doubt Apple would drop analog jack, it's too soon.

It's great to support BT headphones. It's great that we have newer BT protocols that can support higher bandwidth while using less power, but even after we see wireless headphones become something that is commonplace should we expect to see the headphone jack disappear from out devices. That day has't yet come nor do I expect it for some time.

BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) seems like a great fit but it only has a theoretical max of 200kbps which is well below what you'd need for iTS audio. I would expect that once the BLE protocol (maybe 5.0?) can do at least 500kbps as a theoretical max it might getting to a point that wireless headphones could start to become commonplace.

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Usually I'm excited about the event but not this time. For me the magic is missing and I'm trying to figure out why.
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Originally Posted by Jimbo1234 View Post
For me the magic is missing and I'm trying to figure out why.

 

Maybe because you think you know already know "everything" about the phone? I've heard that a lot. And yet no one can tell me the specs, what hardware-specific features it will have in iOS 6, nor even anything about Dock Connector 2 at all. Funny, that.


Genuine question; I don't know why the magic would be post for you. Maybe you need to buy a Magic Trackpad in preparation.

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Maybe because you think you know already know "everything" about the phone? I've heard that a lot. And yet no one can tell me the specs, what hardware-specific features it will have in iOS 6, nor even anything about Dock Connector 2 at all. Funny, that.


Genuine question; I don't know why the magic would be post for you. Maybe you need to buy a Magic Trackpad in preparation.

Does it have an A6 (first year in many we haven't seen the ASIC printings)? Is it 32nm? Is it Cortex A15 (No!)? Is it dual or quad-core? What about the GPU? What about the speed? What other changes to the ASIC are there?

Will the new dock connector support the audio and video out like the current one? How will happen (i.e.: more elaborate cable HW or chip in the device that will intelligently switch the signal to support legacy devices)? Will micro-USB male plugs be able to also use Apple's new connecter for charging the device?

Is noise cancelation improved? Is Siri going to get an upgrade bump? Will it come off beta? Will the battery last longer? If so, by how much? Will there be colors for the iPhone?

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Can't wait for Wednesday, hoping for a curve ball!

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Will there be colors for the iPhone?

Green! I'll take a green one!

Stainless is hard to add color to cost effectively.

If they moved the case to aluminum then the only thing stopping them from making different colors would be if they decide they don't want to manage that many item SKU's. However they do it with the iPods, so I would think they have plenty of experience on how to handle it efficiently.

If those are glass bands on the top and bottom of the back they should be able to use the same coloring process as the white ones right? If they worked out the problem with white then perhaps it works for other colors. Every other color would be 'darker' so to speak anyway...
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Either a complete dodge or I'm sort of partial to the "five products" route. Even if it IS the iPhone event! 

 

iPhone, iPod touch, iPod nano, iPod shuffle (all four that 9to5 believes will be updated), and then iTunes as the fifth (remember those "completely redesigned" rumors?). iTunes is a product to Apple. 

 

So the 6th iPhone, 5th iPod touch (larger screen), new iPod nano (new colors, maybe Wi-Fi, maybe "bigger" like some think), and then the iPod shuffle (supposedly 8 colors now).

 

And then a new iTunes. I'd love a full UI overhaul there. Something better than we have now, and hopefully the iTunes Store gets some sort of equally good (not different, good) revamp. Subcategories of subcategories of subcategories. Even for movies and music and shows. 

That's a good point about iTunes, I didn't really think of software in my product list.

 

Maybe the colours mean iTunes will come with skins, like WinAmp back in the day! That'd be awesome, right... right...?

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Yay looks like iPod nano socks 1tongue.gif
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Is the new iPhone5 copying Nokia Lumia colours?
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There have been 4 main generations of iMac so far.

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I have to laugh at anyone who thinks the iPhone will come in any color other than black or white. Not going to happen. Colored bumpers or cases, sure but the device itself? No way.
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You know what all those colors mean... iPod time!
I'd love to see a new Classic, but I'm not holding my breath.

It's about time the Classic was dropped. With cloud streaming/syncing and the possibility of a 128GB Touch, the old model's ability to store more songs isn't that compelling.

I think it's time to drop the Shuffle too and get the price of the Nano to $99. I reckon the majority of Shuffle buyers would simply move to Nanos. I would like to see the Nano go back to the large screen. It does mean no watch mods but it could perhaps have a nano sim for texting and VOIP. Maps while out running.

New iPhone specs: hopefully widescreen, underclocked A5X so amazingly fast graphics when you see how it handles the iPad 3 resolution, 512MB-1GB RAM, iOS 6 of course, metal back. USB 3 sync cable but transfer speeds will still be limited by the Flash storage so mainly future-proofing. Possibly fingerprint security. I don't think we'll see anything that hasn't already been discussed.

If an iPad Mini exists, I don't see it launching until the next iPad arrives. Trying to ship millions of iPhones in a short period takes enough resources and it's not as if they are struggling to sell 10" iPads.

I reckon the new iMac will come with laminated panels and the expected Ivy Bridge upgrades and the Mini will tag along at the back. I think this will be a 'one more thing' because there's no point in having an event just for the iMac redesign. Everyone will be watching the event for the iPhone so it's a good idea to push the Macs alongside.

13" Retina MBP too. They could have two events - iMac, MBP, Mini and iPad Mini in October but I don't expect an iPad Mini and I don't think they should waste more time getting the Macs out.

I'd say the iPhone will be up for pre-order and everything else shipping the same day. I would like to see them ship the iPhone 5 on October 5th as a symbol. Last year's pre-order was from 4th to the 14th so while it could be 12th to 22nd, an extra 13 days wouldn't do any harm.
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Is the new iPhone5 copying Nokia Lumia colours?

I doubt it. The Lumia needs sunglasses to view.
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Maybe because you think you know already know "everything" about the phone? I've heard that a lot. And yet no one can tell me the specs, what hardware-specific features it will have in iOS 6, nor even anything about Dock Connector 2 at all. Funny, that.


Genuine question; I don't know why the magic would be post for you. Maybe you need to buy a Magic Trackpad in preparation.

Your probably right ,with the leaks that seem to come out which by in large prove to be accurate. Plus I'm not in the market for new phone until next year.

When I use the term magic I use it in the context of anticipation.

Don't get me wrong I love and believe in the Apple eco system ,just feel sometimes they could push the envelope further.

For me I would like Apple to concentrate more on the Mac side of things especially the software. Windows 8 will be a genuine competitor.
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For me I would like Apple to concentrate more on the Mac side of things especially the software. Windows 8 will be a genuine competitor.

I'd like to see Mac OS to progress more quickly, but I don't think Windows 8 will be a competitive driver. The only people that seem to like W8 are die hard Windows fans. Those that use it because it's the easiest to get might not like it.

The Windows 8 UI is based on a UI that couldn't save the Zune HD. W8 is also designed as a touch screen OS first, desktop operation behaves like an afterthought. Desktop / Laptops with touch screens have not made a notable dent in the market to justify the UI choices on the desktop edition. MS needed a rethink, but making the UI the same for all classes and sizes of electronic devices isn't a rethink, that's more of the same. Basically, the UI is designed for 10" touch tablets, but it really wastes space on a 20"+ screen and doesn't control as intuitively as it should with a mouse.
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Originally Posted by tonyweston View Post
There have been 4 main generations of iMac so far.

 

… Wishful thinking. Don't get my hopes for a full redesign up like that.


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Don't get me wrong I love and believe in the Apple eco system ,just feel sometimes they could push the envelope further.

 

You know absolutely nothing about the device. You have no clue how much they have pushed the envelope.

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… Wishful thinking. Don't get my hopes for a full redesign up like that.

You know absolutely nothing about the device. You have no clue how much they have pushed the envelope.


I mean software wise. I fully appreciate the hardware.
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