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If you’ve been dreaming of a larger-screened iPhone or shiny new iWatch, Apple will finally answer your prayers during its annual iPhone event today. Apple announcements have become easy to predict in recent years, so much so that the New York Times has reported the arrival of two iPhone 6 models and the iWatch as a matter of certainty. However, some questions remain about the features of the new devices, and just as importantly, when they will be available.
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Imagine you’re arriving home after work, and before you can fumble around for your keys, the door simply senses your presence and unlocks, the lights turn on, music from your favorite album begins to play from your speaker system, the air inside is cooled to your ideal temperature.
What you’re envisioning is actually already possible. All of the technology exists—with products from companies such as Belkin, Insteon, Vera, and Nest—but it hasn’t been leveraged into an integrated system that’s accessible to the everyday person.
In an open discussion on our Facebook and Google+ pages, we asked our readers what they wanted most from Apple during its special event yesterday. Here's what they said:
1) iPad mini with Retina Display
The No.1 response we received was that our readers yearned for an iPad mini with a Retina display. Apple must have been listening, considering the company announced not only a mini with Retina display but also an A7 processor with 64-bit architecture.
During today’s iPad announcement, presumably Apple’s last product unveiling of the year, CEO Tim Cook reminded us of the iPad's beginnings as a underdog of sorts when Apple launched it more than three years ago. He said Apple had a clear vision for the iPad from the start as the "most advanced technology in a revolutionary and magical device," but said "some didn't see the need for it."
If you're a fan of the iPad mini and you followed Apple's iPad announcement today, you may believe you've gotten everything you could wish for in the next-generation mini. It boasts a Retina display (a feature users have been nothing short of demanding from Apple), an improved 5-megapixel camera, plus the all-new 64-bit A7 processor just introduced with the iPhone 5s. But before you celebrate, it's worth looking at what made the iPad mini so desirable in the first place.
It was only last month Apple unveiled the new iMacs and iPhone 5s and 5c, and released its redesigned mobile operating system, iOS 7. But Apple is not through for the year yet. Last week, the company officially announced a special event to take place tomorrow at 10 a.m. Pacific time at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. The invitation, adorned with colorful fall leaves, simply says “We still have a lot to cover.” Here's a roundup of the refreshed products Apple is most likely to deliver in time for the holidays.
And of course, check back with us tomorrow at 10 a.m. Pacific time or 1 p.m. Eastern time for live coverage of the event.
You can finally relax! Apple has officially announced its new products during a special event at the tech company's Cupertino campus this morning. As predicted, it released a new line of iPhones: the iPhone 5S with a fingerprint sensor built into the Home Button, a faster processor, and a better camera; and the lower-cost iPhone 5C with a Retina 4-inch display and colorful plastic casings. Apple also announced its new operating system, iOS 7, which will be available for download Sept. 18, complete with its new Internet radio service, iTunes Radio.
The moment has arrived! Apple CEO Tim Cook is currently taking the stage at the tech giant's Cupertino, Calif. campus as Apple's special event commences where it is expected to announce a new line of iPhones: the new-and-improved "iPhone 5S" and the lower-budget "iPhone 5C."
Unlike Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in June, where it announced its new operating system, iOS 7, it appears Apple isn't livestreaming this event.