As far as the iPhone 5 goes, I think we already know what we're going to get. There's another late rumor about NFC capability
, so I think that's the main mystery left (I'm betting no). My wish would be a bump to 128 GB storage capacity, but I'm not counting on it. I think we'll see that threshold reached in the iPad first.
I also think we will see another improvement in the camera, but what it will be I couldn't say. I'm not thinking a megapixel bump, but something like improved low-light performance. I think it has to be something they can easily demo & sell.
All I know is my 2+ year-old iPhone 4 is feeling a bit slow, and I'm ordering the new one (max memory) as soon as they put it up. I also am fairly confident that it will continue the iPhone success story and will NOT be a "dud".
Looks like we'll see new iPods (Touch, Nano) today. No real interest in those for me, although Keith will be happy to hear that they may indeed be adding GPS to the iPod Touch
I do have a wish for the iPod line. A number of companies are making portable HDs that have built-in WiFi and can be accessed via special apps to give access to large amounts of music & movies for iOS devices. I would love to see Apple deliver such a device (a "media storage tank", if you will) that is more tightly integrated into iOS. It would be a good replacement for the iPod Classic for those of us that have large media libraries. Not counting on it though; I think we would have heard rumors if such a thing was coming.
It's a given that we'll see a new iTunes announced. My wish is that it's a complete 64-bit rewrite. Unfortunately my gut tells me it probably won't be. Also, iOS6 will be released for download sometime between today and next Friday (Duh!).
As for the iPad mini: I think Gruber & others are right. There will be a separate event for that next month.
As for iMacs: Clearly a refresh is imminent, if for no other reason than to bring the line up-to-date with Ivy Bridge.. However, I can't see Retina screens on the iMacs coming this year. I think it will be at least another year before manufacturing yields on screens of that size and pixel density get to where Apple needs them to be. For this reason I think they may just drop the iMacs into the store with no formal event sometime in the next month. At most, the refresh will warrant a slide or two on this keynote (or the October event). We'll probably get Ivy Bridge minis about the same time. My wish for both these lines would be that Apple drops their prices for SSDs down to somewhat close to real-world prices. The 256GB Crucial M4 SSD has recently shown up for $165 at both Fry's and Amazon; Apple's $500 upgrade tariff for that sized SSD in the minis and iMacs is increasingly ridiculous.
Three truths about movies, as noted by Roger Ebert:
* It's not what a movie is about, it's how it is about it.
* No good movie is too long, and no bad movie is short enough.
* No good movie is depressing, all bad movies are depressing.