After over a month of rumor and speculation, Apple has finally confirmed their product briefing event that will take place next week at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. Invitations went out yesterday afternoon to media outlets around the world, including IGN. We’ll be on-hand to bring you live updates, but until official details are confirmed, we can only relay our hopes (and dreams) for next week’s event. Without further ado, here are the things we expect to see when Apple finally pops the top off of their new products psp games.
The (Seemingly) Sure Things
Tablet, Tablet, Tablet
The long-rumored Apple Tablet is expected to be the star (if not the sole focus) of the show next week, and given the amount of buzz surrounding the product, not without good reason. All signs point to Apple making a large push into the world of eReaders and netbooks with a compact, constantly connected, touchscreen controlled device that allows users to access media ranging from books to magazines to high-definition video. Even if some of the feature expectations aren’t met, Apple is almost guaranteed to be trendsetters in terms of tablet design and usability. Check out IGN’s Apple Tablet Rumor Guide for a complete rundown of the tablet’s rumored specs, features, and more.
New Touch-enabled Software
If the Apple Tablet is revealed and it is not simply a variation built upon the iPhone’s app-based OS, they may be debuting new touch-controlled editions of their existing software suite, iWork. The suite, which includes programs Pages, Keynote, and Numbers, is Apple’s answer to Microsoft Office, and a touch-controlled Apple computer or tablet would have to incorporate specialized versions of the software to accommodate haptic control and gestures.
The Long Shots
New iPhone Carriers?
This announcement may be reserved for a later iPhone-centric event later this year, but we’ve been waiting to hear more details about the iPhone being made available on multiple carriers, and hopefully we’ll get at least a shred of information at next week’s event. AT&T is expected to lose exclusivity for support of the iPhone at some point this year, but we have yet to hear a peep regarding when the iPhone will arrive on new carriers and who they will be. In November, contracts with European providers for exclusive rights to the iPhone expired and subsequently sales tripled.
Upgrades to Apple’s Existing Mac Lineup
It seems unlikely that Apple will revise the look or feel of their existing lineup of Mac computers and laptops, at least not this early in the year, but performance upgrades could be announced. If they are, we expect to see the usual expansion of hard drive capacities, processor speeds, and GPU upgrades. Could a new Core i5 MacBook Pro be in store?
iPhone OS 4.0
Every year Apple introduces a new iPhone, and with it an upgrade to the iPhone OS to incorporate new features and improvements. In years past, Apple details the new OS prior to the formal announcement of the latest iPhone, and there is a possibility, albeit extremely slight, that they will unveil it next week.