Five Things We Expect From Today's Apple Keynote
Only a few more hours left until Apple (potentially) changes everything again.
After months of waiting, the day has finally arrived. At 10:00AM Pacific Time/1:00PM Eastern, Apple will kick off its highly anticipated keynote from its Cupertino office, much to the delight of millions of rabid fans around the world.
Based on the competitive smart phone and tablet markets, it appears the stakes have never been higher. Pardon the cliche, but Apple must blow the socks off its investors and loyal supporters (even competitors) to remain the market innovator.
That said, here's what you should expect.
Apple will unveil the next iteration of its beloved iPhone, but that's about all we know. It remains to be seen whether it'll be the much anticipated iPhone 5, or the iPhone 4S, and recent rumors point to the latter.
Based on our recent poll, most folks want the iPhone 5.
iOS 5 demo and release date
Apple will continue showcasing the extremely impressive iOS 5 that'll run on iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and the new iPhone, giving users another glimpse at its coolest features. Most notably, the Notification Center, iMessage and the Newsstand app.
Even better, the company will reveal a release date. Expect it sometime this month, if not this week.
Extensive iCloud demo
Of course, iOS 5 and Apple's iCloud go hand in hand. We'll definitely learn more about the company's virtual storage solution.
New video games
Apple went from not caring about video games to embracing them, once sales picked up. Now you'll continue to see demos and surprise reveals in its keynotes. Today will (hopefully) be no exception. Angry Birds 2, perhaps?
iPad price drop
It's inevitable. Apple must address Amazon's low cost Kindle Fire in some respect, not by mentioning the device directly, but slashing the price of its current iPad 2 line. Although we don't expect the base model to go from $499 to $199, $250-$300 seems reasonable.