Apple’s next big thing is just around the corner. But if you’re the impatient sort, you may be in luck. Some of the information about the latest iPhone has been circulating for months, much of it leaked online by Apple parts manufacturers, says MacRumors.com editor-in-chief Erik Slivka. We got up with him on Skype.
Erik Slivka: “A lot of it is coming from Chinese supply chain sources. It’s leaking out that way. I mean the iPhone is so huge. They’re making millions and millions of units ahead of time so there are bound to be parts and sources. They can’t keep everything under wraps.”
So what can consumers expect? Well, for starters.
Erik Slivka: “We’re going to see much bigger displays from Apple, so that’s a huge one. We’re looking at a mobile payments initiative coming out with NFC involved. It’s going to be a thinner profile."
Based on leaked images and videos, like this one from Norwegian tech blogging site VidxHD, the new iPhone will come in two sizes. A 4.7-inch (12-cm) version that's expected to be on sale a week after the launch and a larger 5.5-inch (14-cm) display that’s expected to ship in time for the Christmas holidays.
Besides a new operating system, both will come equipped with NFC, or Near Field Communication, which will allow consumers to make payments with their phones. It’s not new technology, but given Apple’s reach it has the potential to set Apple CEO Tim Cook apart from his iconic predecessor, Steve Jobs. And then there's the iWatch.
Erik Slivka: "People are always looking for the next big thing. And you know it’s been four years since the iPad so it’s time for Apple to come up with something. So this is really Tim Cook’s chance to show that he’s got something up his sleeve."
Find out more when Apple makes it big surprise on Tuesday in Cupertino, California, at 17:00 hours Universal Time (UTC). Mil Arcega, VOA News, Washington.