Well, we're still a few minutes out from the Apple unveil, but it's a good time to start collecting your questions and comments. I'm Shane Dingman, Technology editor here at the Globe and Mail, Technology writer Omar El Akkad is also here, to tell you everything we know about some new stuff from Apple.
Here's photos from the event...
So, it looks like Apple has thrown us a curveball: Despite live streaming last fall's iPad Mini event, and also their WWDC keynote (that showcased iOS 7 and Mavericks) they appear to have opted against that for today. So, there will be no live video from Apple today.
Hey everyone. Greetings from Portland, Oregon. I moved here this week to cover tech and western U.S. news for the Globe. We’re about 10 minutes away from this thing starting.
So the odds right now are on at least two new iPhones -- a high-end one and something for folks who care more about saving money. There's talk of fingerprint recognition hardware to get around all the password/pin code stuff. And, of course, there's speculation of an "iWatch" to compete with the one Samsung put out last week.
Omar, did you see my bold prediction? UNTUCKED SHIRTS. I can't be wrong about that.
I don't know, man. I just heard Al Gore is in the building for this announcement. I just don't see him going for that.
What percentage would you put on the likelihood of deeper gaming integration on Apple TV?
Here's a dark room... where Apple is about to start showing some phones.
I'm gonna scour Twitter now that we have no expectation of Apple-provided images.
I'm not really sure. Apple TV is one of those products that Apple's customers seem to love a lot more than Apple's executives do. I could see deeper gaming integration being a pretty easy way to show some love to those fans without giving the product iPhone-level attention.
You don't think a gold phone would be innovative? C'mon man! (I kid.)
And we're off. The first part of all Apple events is a round-up of impressive numbers from their various products and services.
Tim Cook is apparently talking about iTunes Festival... live concerts they stream.
Now some numbers from Apple's retail operations...
Another prediction comes true! Well, it's not much of a prediction if they do it every time. I wrote this morning: "The early parts of an Apple event keynote are usually taken up by some big bragging numbers: X-million iPhone 5’s sold, x-billion app downloads, etc. Usually, there is some news in there, if you can spot it through the flurry of hands slapping backs."
And on to iOS7, the new version of the operating system. It's been floating around in beta all summer, but will go out into the wild next month.
These Spanish language journalists are posting some great photos to Twitter.
So far, it looks like nothing huge has been added to iOS 7 since the last beta update -- notification centre, new bright icons etc.
New notification sounds though!
Much of the details on iOS 7 were detailed before... the moments replacement for Camera roll, for instance.
Siri can now do a bit more stuff, including searching Tweets (does anyone actually use Siri on a regular basis?).
iOS7 also comes with iTunes Radio, which we'd heard about before and is likely to make the folks at Pandora and others very nervous.
Arrives September 18! Yay... time to upgrade.
Haven't seen a geographic separation on iOS upgrades in a while...
...at least, there's no talk of iOS 7 coming out at different times in US and Canada. It'll be a (pretty big) file download, essentially.
Oh snap, did they just make iWorks free? That's like $50 of iTunes dollars I spent on that stuff. Argh.
Here we go: high-end and low-end iPhones.
Mobile software boss Craig Federighi said there are 700 million ios devices... that's a lot of upgrades.
Phil Schiller arrives, and it's called the iPhone 5C...