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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

5 Things Apple Could Announce At Tomorrow's Keynote

Apple will announce new iPhones tomorrow in San Francisco, California. The media event will be kicked off with a keynote that is expected to be iOS-centric.

The keynote will be streamed live to millions of iOS and other devices starting at 10 a.m. Pacific tomorrow. What are the possible announcements coming? The rumor mills have churned out a lot of information this year. Here's a list.

1. New iPhones: Expect two new iPhones - iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus in keeping with current iPhone 6 dimensions. Some have speculated an additional cheaper iPhone too.

2. iOS 9 and Siri Upgrades: I believe this event will be focused more on iOS rather than new hardware. The biggest improvements will come to Siri although everyone is hoping for improvements to battery life. And for the sake of car entertainment, let's hope there are improvements to CarPlay.

3. Larger iPad Pro: This has been speculated for a long time now. A 12-inch iPad could be coming!

4. Apple TV: The Apple TV needs an upgrade to keep up with the times. Experts believe Apple will introduce a new device with a brand new remote/controller which is capable of playing games made for iOS. The controller is believed to be Wii-esque, dare I say, as Apple hopes to gain marketshare in the video gaming industry.

5. Streaming TV Service: This goes along with the new Apple TV. A subscription-based television service that could give cable and satellite providers a run for their money. Cable-cutters take note!

Along with these updates, I am interested to see if Apple will announce Apple Music subscription numbers. Their 3-month free subscriptions will end on September 30 after which customers will start paying $9.99 per month for the service or $14.99 for family plans.

To be honest, I like Apple Music. It works great with CarPlay at the moment. To have access to the entire iTunes catalog is great. And the icing on the cake comes in the form of Beats 1 radio which is quite tolerable.

I am sure other subscription-based providers like Spotify, Rdio and Pandora One will see reduced numbers with Apple Music gaining traction. Interestingly, Spotify and Rdio are both CarPlay-compatible.

Tune in to at 10 a.m. Pacific tomorrow and watch the keynote for all the details as they unfold.

Source: Apple

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