Apple has special announcements to make this September 9. You can count on this one being a new hardware event. Juli Clover at MacRumors:
Apple today issued invitations for its upcoming iPhone 6 event on September 9, which is also said to include its much-anticipated wearable device. According to the invitations, Apple is planning to host the event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts at De Anza College in Cupertino, the same location where Steve Jobs introduced the original Mac 30 years ago.
For the occasion, it appears that Apple has been building a massive structure on the campus, which has been kept under tight wraps with a white barricade. A MacRumors reader has sent in images of a mysterious structure at the Flint Center, which appears to span three stories and is protected by "scads" of security people. Administrators had previously declined to comment on what the structure is for, stating only "We are not at liberty to discuss that due to client wishes."
Very epic of Apple. Knowing their style, this special stage or whatever it is will have something to do with music. That’s just my guess.
Apple has held only a few other events at the Flint Center. Jim Dalrymple at The Loop:
The first event was when Steve Jobs introduced the original Mac in 1984—certainly a seminal event for Apple and the computing world in general. Also that year, Apple held its annual shareholders meeting at the Flint Center—if those shareholders could have foreseen where Apple would be today.
The last event Apple held at the Flint Center was the launch of the Bondi Blue iMac in 1998, shortly after Jobs came back to Apple. The iMac was the first device that Jobs introduced, turning the company’s fortunes around.
Because I can, I’m praying that the new event will be as special as the former. And because we have some reason to believe that Apple will announce a new product category, in addition to the next iPhone line up, I think it’s very possible.
Here’s a few things that wouldn’t surprise me:
- Revealing the iPhone 6 in two screen sizes, or the ones we currently have on the market with some other unique device enhancements
- Notable updates to the iPod family; perhaps the end of iPod classic production (for something new and different)
- The wearable, such as the highly anticipated “iWatch”
- A new way to experience music—thanks to the combined forces of Apple and Beats Music—involving apps, OS, and cloud services
- Some new kind of headphones or earbuds to make the best of the combined Apple and Beats hardware technologies
It’s fun to speculate now, but I don’t put stock in my or anyone else’s predictions. I only have faith that Apple will have some news that will delight us.