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Apple – the iPhone announcement tomorrow morning, but here's a rundown of what you can expect: Technology

What to expect from tomorrow's iPhone 5 announcement

By Patrick Stafford
Wednesday, 12 September 2012

After months of speculation and waiting, Apple is set to announce its new iPhone tomorrow – and there are plenty of rumours flying around about what exactly the tech giant will unveil.

 

A new design, a bigger screen, and even 4G capability – these are just a few of the rumours that have spread across the internet in the past few weeks.

 

This year's announcement has suffered from an unusual amount of leaks, giving analysts some idea of what they can expect when chief executive Tim Cook takes the stage tomorrow.

 

It's not only a hotly anticipated announcement, but an essential one for the company. Its financial results came in lower than expected last quarter, and analysts will be looking to this announcement for some hope of a hot holiday quarter.

 

SmartCompany will cover the announcement tomorrow morning, but here's a rundown of what you can expect – and what you shouldn't:

 

iOS 6

 

Guaranteed. The software update announced earlier this year comes alongside new iPhone updates, so the iPhone 5 will ship with the latest programs. iOS 6 will probably be available sometime next week.

 

Design

 

This rumour is pretty much assured. The iPhone will be changing its design to feature a two-tone build, with a strong aluminium casing across the back of the device, rather than its current Gorilla Glass build.

 

It's an unusual move for Apple given its priority towards clean design. But leaks have already shown the device carrying this type of build, so it's safe to assume this is what we'll see tomorrow – or, at least, something like it.

 

New dock connector

 

Again, this is a rumour that is all but confirmed. Plenty of leaks have shown the new dock connector size and tipped its appearance tomorrow. It'll be an annoyance for users having to get new cables, but it's coming.

Battery

 

A more powerful phone requires a more powerful battery, so it's safe to assume there'll be at least some improvement here – whether it's a significant boost will remain to be seen.

 

4G

 

It's definitely looking like Apple will give the iPhone a 4G boost. It introduced LTE connectivity for the first time earlier this year with the new iPad, so it only makes sense it'll do so for the iPhone as well – especially considering there are already plenty of smartphones available in the United States that can connect to 4G networks.

 

There's also a rumour that the 4G will be able to work on global networks, not just those in the US. That will make local telcos' investment in 4G worth the effort.

 

Bigger, thinner screen

 

This is another rumour almost guaranteed. Leaks show a longer screen at four-inches. Even if there were no leaks, Apple would have had to make this move eventually given the shift to larger-sized smartphones.

 

NFC

 

There have been rumours of Apple moving into NFC (near field communications) for a while now, but it's probably too early to say anything about NFC just yet. Although a rumour here or there suggests the iPhone 5 will carry an NFC chip, a big move like this would probably have more noise surrounding it.

 

New earbuds

 

Again, this is another rumour that may or may not turn out to be true. But there have been a couple of leaks surrounding newly sized earbuds, and this could be something new Apple debuts tomorrow.

 

Mini iPad

 

It definitely looks like the mini iPad is coming. But a few rumours have been speculating that Apple won't actually announce it, but hold a separate event next month. It makes sense. Apple wouldn't want to mix its two biggest products and possibly have one cannabilise the other.

 

It's not likely we'll see a mini iPad tomorrow. You'll have to wait for next month for that.

 

Apple TV

 

The rumours surrounding the Apple TV have quietened down lately, mostly because of the assumed struggle Apple is having in getting content providers on board. The alternative theory is that it'll start ramping up Apple TV features instead of creating a full-blown set.

 

That may be the company's strategy, but we won't see it tomorrow. If we're going to see any new information on the Apple TV, it'll likely to be pushed to an event next month where the mini iPad will be revealed.

 

This story first appeared on SmartCompany.

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