Lots of leaks have dropped in recent days ahead of tomorrow’s iPhone X event. Nonetheless, some key questions remain, including the following:
The Big Questions
Apple’s expected to unveil the 5.8-inch iPhone X on Tuesday alongside the 4.7-inch iPhone 8 and 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus. Most expect all three phones to go on sale beginning at 12:01 a.m. PDT on Friday, Sept. 15. However, only the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will arrive in stores on Friday, Sept. 22, with the iPhone X experiencing a slight delay.
How long will the iPhone X delay last? Sept. 29? Into October? Not until November?
Prediction: Apple will make sure some iPhone X sales are counted in its four quarter of 2017. Therefore, watch some go out the door before the end of the month. (Order quickly on Sept. 15.)
The iPhone X won’t have Touch ID. Instead, we’ll see Face ID unveiled. Typically, in announcing a new feature, Apple would explain why new is better than old. That can’t happen this year because both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will retain Touch ID.
How will this be explained?
Prediction: Watch for Apple to discuss Face ID without mentioning Touch ID at all, thereby avoiding the subject.
New tvOS 11 beta versions have arrived nearly every week since June. However, none of these have moved the ball or offered anything new.
Will we see anything new on the software side at the iPhone X event on Apple TV?
Prediction: It’s with good reason we haven’t heard much about the next Apple TV other than it’s 4K compatibility. There isn’t anything else to see, as Apple once again drops the ball on improving video streaming.
And Amazon Video?
Prediction: Watch for Apple to announce Amazon Video’s arrival to Apple TV is timed to coincide with the launch of the new entertainment box. Think October, not September.
AirPods are still difficult to find nearly nine months after they first launched.
Will the second-generation earbuds also have production issues?
Prediction: We probably won’t know until pre-orders begin because Apple won’t say anything tomorrow about its production struggles. Instead, we’ll hear just how popular the product has become over the last few months.
We can almost certainly expect to see a new lineup of Apple Watch bands to arrive on Tuesday.
The bigger question is whether some of these will be smart bands?
Prediction: Smart bands are coming … just not this time around.
HomePod arrives in December after first being announced in June.
Will we see an actual HomePod demo on Tuesday?
Prediction: HomePod is very important to Apple and therefore, we’ll be seeing a demo at the iPhone X event.
Steve Jobs designed the new Apple Park Campus and adjacent theater where tomorrow’s event will take place.
Should we expect a huge Jobs tribute tomorrow?
Prediction: I think we’ll be seeing a lot of the late Apple co-founder during the event. The tribute could also include some familiar faces.
Finally, an Apple event is never complete without a “One More Thing” moment.
What will Apple keep until the end?
Prediction: Apple will introduce the HomePod demo at the end, following the iPhone X presentation. That demo will include some little nugget about the Siri-based speaker we haven’t heard about before.
What are you most excited about seeing tomorrow? Let us know below.