Eleventh-Hour Apple Rumors Churn as Anticipation Builds

The Apple rumors are about to come to an end. ThatEUs because Apple will roll out new products at a Tuesday event that will change the story from speculation to analysis in an instant.

Apple's 1-hour launch event starts September 9 at 10 a.m. Pacific time, 1 p.m Eastern today, at the Flint Performing Arts Center in Apple's hometown of Cupertino, California. The event will be live streamed on Apple's site and you can check back here throughout the day and all week for ongoing coverage and reactions.

In the meantime, we caught up with Jeff Kagan, an independent technology analyst, to get his final thoughts on the rumored iPhone 6 and iWatch before the expected official launch. He told us he does expect to see a new iPhone 6, a larger iPhone, the iWatch, and the next upgrade to the iOS operating system -- iOS 8.

EUWill we see a phablet or other surprise? No one knows yet. Apple likes to surprise,EU Kagan said. EURemember all those Steve Jobs EUone more thingEU moments? So stay tuned.EU

Kagan personally would like to see some new features and improvements to the basic iPhone design. Specifically, he sees the need for a waterproof and shockproof iPhone that holds up better if you drop it.

EUWe are aware of the new screen, which is more durable,EU Kagan said. EUThatEUs a good start, but Apple needs to deliver more to satisfy their users.EU

Betting on Big

Kagan rightly noted that Apple CEO Tim Cook has been stoking the fires about how 2014 would be a spectacular year for Apple with new product launches. HeEUs sitting back, waiting and hoping itEUs truly spectacular.

Industry watchers expect the iWatch to make its way to the market and Morgan Stanley analysts are already analyzing its potential success. In a recent report, the...

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