Predictions for Sept. 10
I scanned all of the posts on the front of the hub, and didn't see anything, so I think I am safe in posting this question:
What do you think Apple will introduce Sept. 10 to "Brighten our Day?"
My prediction is this will be an iPhone and Pro event, with several pro announcements happening along with iPhone announcements. The presentation will begin with Tim (I can call you Tim, right?) Cook getting up, welcoming everyone, and rehashing all of the wonderful numbers Apple has seen. He will use phrases like "the most -user friendly" and "users of Apple products are the most satisfied of any."
Then he will introduce Phil Schiller, who will start ramping up the Pro lines. He will go into the calls for the replacement for the Mac Pro, how it has been the best pro-level machine out there, and his preview at WWDC. "You ain't seen nothing yet," he will say as he reintroduces the Mac Pro, giving the different builds, and announcing that one base level model is under $2,000 (my hope really).
"But you need great software to go with this great hardware," Schiller will continue. He will talk about Logic, and the updates made, and how the pro audio world loves the program. He will then bring up Final Cut Pro, how its the most used video editing program, and likely make a joke about some hiccups with Final Cut Pro X (hoping we see the Conan video). He will then introduce a new version that fixes many of the problems people had with the current version, and brings in some new features.
After some third party developers come out to talk about how well their hardware/software works with the new Pro (Sony, AVCHD support please), Phil will say "but you create all this great video, you want to be able to see it." He will then talk about Apple's great displays, about the current 27" display, but also how many people loved the 30" HD monitor. He will then announce the 30" 4K monitor, with Thunderbolt 2.0 hub (I don't know if it would have iSight support - it would be inexpensive to add, but I think they wouldn't want the possible microphone conflict). I will say it will have no MagSafe2 power support.
This is where I am conflicted. I think they will introduce the new Haswell Macbook Pros at this event, as they would not compete against the iPhones as much as the iPads (which likely get their own event in October). Processor updates, Thunderbolt 2.0 in the new models, faster memory, and an opening to talk about Mavericks, which is released that day for everyone. Seems like this is a modest announcement, since we are expecting spec upgrades, and there is likely more to talk about for Mavericks.
Unless of course Apple continues its juxtaposition with the 13" model, removing again the "Pro" moniker from a model, only giving it Thunderbolt 1.0 ports to run the 27" display, and reintroduces a 17" model. I doubt those very much.
Then, finally, is the iPhone/iOS portion. Jony Ive talks about evolution of iOS, about how things have evolved since WWDC. Then we finally get to see the champagne model, as well as the 5C. Now I have no predictions on this, but a question - what becomes the lowest model? I really cannot see Apple retaining the 4S as the 'giveaway' phone for carriers, given its 30pin ipod connector, when everything is changing to the Lightning port. They must be making these still, could it be retooled to have a Lightning port, and if so, why wouldn't they wrap that in polycarbonate as well? Or is it back to two models?