As I write this, it’s just a little under 24 hours before Apple’s set to take the stage at the Flint Center in California, and unveil some new devices. In the weeks leading up to this date, we’ve heard rumors about just what the Cupertino-based company will unveil on that particular stage. That not only includes a follow-up to the iPad Air, but also a brand new wearable device that’s supposed to essentially rejuvenate the fledgling smartwatch/wearable market.
Basically, everyone’s waiting for Apple — despite all the options out there right now.
But, while the wearable is obviously going to net itself some major time in the lime light if it does get announced, Apple’s main takeaway from the event is going to be the iPhone. iPhones. Kind of like last year, Apple’s gearing up to announce two new iPhones, which will share similar branding, but will probably vary in some key areas. Most notably, of course, is the screen size. The 4.7- and 5.5-inch iPhones will be the biggest for the iOS-based smartphone lineup, and something that a lot of people have been clamoring for for the last couple of years (at least).
The new iPhones are a big deal. Even before all these reports and rumors surfaced regarding the other devices Apple could announce at the September 9 event, everyone was positioning this as the biggest announcement for Apple since the original iPhone. These two new devices are going to be a huge step for Apple, even as the rest of the internet yells that they “finally” have big screens.
I was honestly pretty excited about this event, because I think these are going to be some pretty great devices. I’m excited to see what Apple has in store for the market every year, but this year was different. Apple has a lot of stuff going on right now, from rumors of mobile payment systems, to smart houses, to health and fitness, and a bunch of other things. The iPhone is a big deal in and of itself, but it’s about how it ties with everything else that makes it so compelling for me. That even includes the new features that interlink it with OS X Yosemite.
This year was exciting, and then the leaks started funneling in. They started small enough, or even with just brief glimpses of the rear shell here and there. And then those pieces started to get put together, and eventually the leaked parts started to showcase finished products. Some of them even turned on. And now there’s even a video “review” of the iPhone 6 out there. None of these things are the final product, mind you, and several of the leaks are probably outright fakes, but many of them are probably good indications of what Apple will announce tomorrow.
But with each new leak that I’ve seen, and realizing that just about every major hardware detail about the upcoming device has been leaked in one way or another, I’ve grown increasingly annoyed. What happened to the suspense? What happened to actually wanting to be surprised? Are we really meant to believe that everyone actually wants these leaks to destroy all semblance of awe? How are we supposed to get excited about something we’ve already seen 100 times before it’s officially announced?
There will still be some excitement there, but that’s mostly due to the fact that I’m still going to hope that Apple has something exciting coming down the pipe. Even if Apple changes up a few things about the design of the iPhone 6, to make it different than what all the leaks have shown, that’ll be enough. Something different.
How do you feel about the leaked images? Has it ruined some of the suspense for you? Or do you eat it all up? Let me know!