5 announcements to expect from Apple next Wednesday
There's an Apple "special event" coming in less than a week's time, and Bitterwallet will be there live! At our desks! In the UK! Watching everyone else report it! There's been no shortage of rumours of the last few weeks, but what do we think will be revealed by Steve Jobs on stage?
We haven't bothered talked to a single expert or any of the UK's leading tech journalists, but we've taken a stab at what you may or may not see 1st September:
1) The invite is clearly all about music, so will Apple's iTunes Cloud service finally be revealed? This is expected to allow users to upload their music collection to a dedicated space on Apple's servers, so you can access it from wherever you are in the world, on any computer or device.
2) Updates to the iPod devices are almost a certainty - this is the traditional time for Jobs to announce tweaks and changes. It's possible there'll be a new iPod Touch with front and rear cameras, capable of running Facetime across WiFi, as well as some mandatory but undoubtedly pointless fiddling with smaller iPod devices.
3) There's been a lot of noise around Apple TV, or iTV, and a service that'll actually be of some consequence to the mainstream consumer. Rumours include a smaller box that'll allow iPhone apps to be ran on your TV, presumably controlled in a similar way to how this Star Wars app allows your iPhone to control actions occurring on a computer screen.
4) The iPad could get the nod on the iOS 4 firmware update, and the iPhone may well get a shiny iOS 4.1.
5) A real wildcard - the arrival of Game Center. This was announced back in April as part of the iOS 4 event and was due for a Autumn release, which would fit with next week's event. It's a social gaming network that'll connect players around the world and allow them to interact through gaming.
Stick a fork in us, we're done - but what do you think we'll see next week? Answers and the usual Apple-related bile in the comments, please.