by Tim Stevens on September 4, 2014 at CNET.com
It won’t be long now, dear readers. We’re getting ever closer to seeing the next generation of iPhone — and, if early reports are to be believed, lots of other good stuff too. This time last year we got the iPhone 5S, faster and stronger and gilded. This time we’re expecting two new phones, each one significantly different than what’s come before. The smallest of the two is believed to be 4.7 inches, a big bump over the 5 and 5S, while the second new iPhone is expected to be even bigger. Can Apple out-do the Galaxy Note?
New iPhones alone give us plenty of reason to get out of bed in the morning and cruise down to Cupertino, but every indication is that those new devices will be just the beginning. Also expected is the long, eagerly anticipated unveiling of the iWatch. Everybody who’s anybody is making a smartwatch of some sort these days, and while Apple could be said to be a little late to the party, most of those products on the market today are lacking in some critical way or another. Can Apple finally get it right?
Intriguingly, the iWatch and the new iPhones are said to talk to each other using NFC. This low-power wireless standard is now commonplace on most Android devices, but Apple has long shunned the stuff, favoring Bluetooth low energy. NFC could be used to make for easy pairing between iPhones and iWatches, but more intriguingly could be used to enable wireless payments. Pay at the pump from your wrist? Check out at the grocery store without reaching for your wallet? That could be a reality soon.
Apple’s Sept. 9 event live blog
If that weren’t enough, there’s talk of a new iPad Air, and you can be sure we’ll learn a lot more about iOS 8 and its new goodies like HealthKit and HomeKit. Yes, that’s an awful lot of news, so you’ll want to make sure you’re up bright and early with your browser locked on the big link above.
The event starts at 10 a.m. PT on Tuesday, Sept. 9, but we’ll be getting the liveblog rolling early at 8:45 a.m. PT. Plus, we’ll have live streaming broadcast previewing what’s to come that also kicks off at 8:45 in the morning. Grab your coffee and tune in!
Oh, and while you’re waiting, check out our final run-down on what to expect from the September 9th event.