Expect More Clues About Apples Future Plans

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2011-09-21 Print this article Print


5. iOS 5

I've had the opportunity to take iOS 5 for a spin, and I can say that it's the best version of Apple's mobile operating system yet. From its improved notifications to its integration with iCloud, the operating system is a cut above any other mobile operating system on the market. Expect Apple to not only launch it to the public on Oct. 4, but echo that sentiment quite often.

6. iPhone 5

It seems rather obvious that if Apple holds a special event early next month, it will unveil the iPhone 5. But that doesn't mean it shouldn't be included in this list. The iPhone 5 could very well be the blockbuster hit of the holiday shopping season, featuring a bigger display, near-field communication technology and 4G connectivity. Then again, it might have none of those features. But in either case, the iPhone 5 will be something all spectators will be excited to see at the rumored event.

7. A clue into Apple's plans for the future

Although Apple doesn't like talking about the future and what it has planned, the company could very well provide some important clues into its ideas for the future of its operation. If the iPhone 5 is just a slight update over its predecessor, that might indicate that the next version of Apple's smartphone could be a major step up. If Apple delivers new, unannounced functionality to iCloud, like music streaming, it might indicate its plans for the future of iTunes. Simply put, at each event Apple holds, it gives some clues into its future plans. This October event should be no different.

8. An updated Apple TV

Last year, Apple showed off a new version of its Apple TV, the set-top box that allows users to stream content to their televisions. Over the last year, however, critics have said that the device is still little more than a hobby, like its predecessor. Although it might be a stretch, considering that there have been few fresh rumors circulating about Apple TV as of late, a fresh version of Apple's set-top box just might be announced.

9. Android and Samsung

Over the past couple years, Apple has been far more willing to discuss Android during its press events. Considering the intensity of the competition between Android and Apple these days, expect it to be a hot-button issue at the event. Apple will likely show statistics of areas in which its products beat out Android alternatives. What's more, Apple just might talk about its patent battles with Samsung and why it is taking such a belligerent stance against the Galaxy smartphones and Galaxy Tab 10.1. Believe it or not, Apple just might offer up some legal talk at its next event.

10. Apps

An iPhone event wouldn't be the same without some discussion on applications. Apple's App Store has become an integral part of the company's success over the years. Considering that the iPhone 5 could come with an improved processor and graphical capabilities, it might not be a stretch to think Apple will invite game developers on stage to show off their new and improved titles. Make no mistake: Apps are extremely important to Apple, and they will play a key role in the company's next iPhone event.

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Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.

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