While Apple has not said what will be announced at its September 9th event, speculation is running high. Unlike last year, this September’s event feels like a ‘big’ event for Apple, on a par with the announcement events for the first iPhone and the first Mac. From new iPhones and wearable technologies, to payment services and the quantified self movement, Tim Cook has a full itinerary to announce.
The new iPhone 6 range announced: Certain.
The iPhone 6 (4.7 inch screen) available by the end of the month: Very Likely.
The iPhone 6 phablet (with 5.5 inch screen) announced but availability ‘later this year’: Unfortunately likely.
The iPad Air 2 announced: Unlikely.
An immediate iOS 8 release for the public: Unlikely.
iOS 8 gets a gold master and available to developers: Likely.
iOS 8 to be publicly available in October: 50/50
NFC hardware in the new iPhone 6 range: Certain.
NFC to be used to drive mobile payments: Likely.
Further details on OSX and new Mac hardware: Unlikely.
The iWatch is announced and demoed extensively: Certain.
NFC and mobile payments via the iWatch demonstrated: Very likely.
No availability until 2015: Likely.
The iPod touch receives iOS 8: Certain