Last week, Apple sent out invitations to members of the press for a special event scheduled for September 9, 2014 at 1:00 pm eastern standard time. As usual, Apple was cryptic in the invitation, and simply stated the date, and ‘Wish we could say more.” It is expected that Apple will reveal new versions of the iPhone at next week’s event, and also unveil the final version of iOS 8 that has been in beta testing over the summer. Since the invitation was sent, there has been speculation that Apple may also unveil a wearable device (iWatch?) and a new mobile wallet system (with American Express, Mastercard and Visa all linked as partners).
Based on parts released in the wild, it is now expected that Apple will at least announce a 4.7″ and 5.5″ version of the iPhone. It is not known what these devices will be called, especially since they are both expected to carry high-end components (iPhone 6 and iPhone 6xl?). If the rumors hold true, it will be the first time that Apple releases two flagship models at the same time (last year’s introduction of the 5c at the same time as the 5s, was based on the prior generation iPhone 5 components).
No matter what is being introduced, the event is going to be bigger than most recent Apple announcements. It will take place at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, California, which notably has a much larger capacity than the normal venues used by Apple. In addition to the larger auditorium, Apple is also constructing a large structure adjacent to the Flint Center that spans near three stories. The Flint Center is also where Steve Jobs initially announced the original Mac 30 years ago.
Although none of us at iPlug Delaware were considered important enough to Apple to be sent invitations to the event, we will definitely update the site with new information as it is announced. If the past is any predictor for the future, it is likely that any newly announced iPhones could be available for purchase as soon as 10 days after the event. Stay tuned….