While Apple keynotes themselves are always a lot of fun, I actually almost like the day immediately before the keynote more. Speculation on what's coming reaches a climax, and all you've got to do is wait a day to see who was right and who was wrong. MacRumors provides a rundown of possibilities from the hardware lineup, and subsequent rumors make an iPhone 4S seem even more reasonable as more and more vague leaks of "iPhone 4S" branding appear. Following case leaks and a few other shaky rumors, there hasn't been a very strong indication that the redesigned iPhone 5 is coming at all-- At least not yet.

Regardless of what the new iPhone looks like, the addition of the A5 processor should make the iPhone 5 (or 4S) a pocket-sized power-house. Anandtech recently posted a set of benchmarks of mobile GPU's, and the GPU in the iPad 2 is still blowing the doors off the competition:

The rumor mill seems to be in agreement that the "main" feature to be touted at this keynote will be an entire new voice-powered "Assistant." Check out a demo video that MacRumors compiled based on rumors of how it will work:

9to5Mac has an interview with the co-founder of Siri, the company who is believed to be behind this new technology, who has the following to say:

Make no mistake: Apple’s ‘mainstreaming’ Artificial Intelligence in the form of a Virtual Personal Assistant is a groundbreaking event. I’d go so far as to say it is a World-Changing event. Right now a few people dabble in partial AI enabled apps like Google Voice Actions, Vlingo or Nuance Go. Siri was many iterations ahead of these technologies, or at least it was two years ago. This is REAL AI with REAL market use. If the rumors are true, Apple will enable millions upon millions of people to interact with machines with natural language. The PAL will get things done and this is only the tip of the iceberg. We’re talking another technology revolution. A new computing paradigm shift.

So here comes the fun part, what do you think is going to come of tomorrow's keynote? A spec-bumped iPhone 4S? A surprise reveal of an entirely new iPhone 5? New iOS 5 features that haven't been revealed yet like Assistant? New iPod touches to coincide with the iPhone launch? Or will something come out of left field like the iPad 3 with Retina Display, or a million other things that could potentially happen that Apple managed to keep a total secret?

Personally, I think the iPhone 4S is happening but I just can't shake the thoughts of the potential redesign. I'm not sure how credible the weird case "leaks" we've seen are, but the rumored redesign appearing in an Apple app I just can't rationalize in any way other than a design like that is coming. What reason could Apple, a company who historically has put immense importance on a refined user experience place that icon in their own apps? It just doesn't make sense!

I guess we'll find out tomorrow, but, in the time being, we can let our speculation run wild-- At least for another 24 hours or so.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5FLRQI2X2LU3IHMCG7HEAEFD5I Cat Astrophy

    Sorry but voice-recognition is still years off. Dragon Naturally Speaking has been the pioneer in innovating new voice-recognition technology and it's still very inaccurate. I REALLY want to be proved wrong tomorrow. The voice recognition feature currently in the iPhones is embarrassingly bad.

    • Dee

      Have you used Google's voice search? It's SPOT on.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5FLRQI2X2LU3IHMCG7HEAEFD5I Cat Astrophy

        Only if you speak like a robot. And if you figure out which way it chooses to pronounce a proper noun (where there are cases when said noun is pronounced in more than one way).

      • http://twitter.com/DaKleine Mark

        For me it works perfectly, and in the occasional instants where it doesn't quite understand me it atleast gives you a list of things you could have meant (unlike iOSs music voice controll)

    • Anonymous

      The rumours point to a partnership with Nuance, creators of Dragon voice recognition tools. That should be a good sign that this will not be a simple gimmick.

      • http://twitter.com/21tigermike Michael A. Robson

        They bought Siri a while back. That's what this is. Assistant.

  • Awesome

    Im not buying iphone/ipod touch 5 before iphone 6. Anyways, there will be no more idevice series from idevice 7(prob)

    • http://twitter.com/VULTR3 Mike

      Wow. You should try writing with a little more coherence.

  • Duuude

    I could not care less what will be presented tomorrow or not, as long as iOS5 will be available real soon. That's all I am waiting for ...

    • http://www.facebook.com/jaison13 Jaison Corleone

      of course i'd love revisions on every apple product but i'm with you.  ios5 is what i really want.  and now!!!

    • Adams Immersive

      Swipe multitasking on my iPad!

      I know all the reasons  it’s a problem—some games and music apps need 4 fingers for their own purposes. But they’re the exception, and I’ll just turn the swiping off when using those apps.

      iOS 5 seems like it will feel a lot more like a “big” computer, since swiping between apps gives more of the feel of a multi-window environment—while still having that tablet simplicity.

      I’m going to try to wait a week or two in case of bugs, but it will be hard!

      • Anonymous

        I've enabled the swipe gestures on my stock iPad 1 (no jailbreak) and they work perfectly. I have yet to encounter an incompatible app, with the exception of drawing/canvas apps.

      • Adams Immersive

        Looking forward to it!

        I do use some apps that use all 4 or more fingers at once to swipe (music apps and Fruit Ninja come to mind) but they are the exception.

      • http://twitter.com/NOVAinc Lucas

        How'd you do that?

      • Anonymous

        Using Xcode on a Mac. Take a look on google. It's easy!

    • Adams Immersive

      Swipe multitasking on my iPad!

      I know all the reasons  it’s a problem—some games and music apps need 4 fingers for their own purposes. But they’re the exception, and I’ll just turn the swiping off when using those apps.

      iOS 5 seems like it will feel a lot more like a “big” computer, since swiping between apps gives more of the feel of a multi-window environment—while still having that tablet simplicity.

      I’m going to try to wait a week or two in case of bugs, but it will be hard!

  • Anonymous

    You guys are ALL WRONG!
    The iPhone 5 is coming and it is actually just a small under the skin  implant. IT has been common knowledge ever since a leaked invoice for  medical personnel being hired at almost all larger apple stores. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-Hopper/1238691947 Paul Hopper

      id buy one so long as it pumped my ios games directly to my eyeballs.

      • UmbraVir

        Yes, the implant in your eye projects a hologram in front of your oculars and everything is controlled with your mind.

        Jesus Christ, that would be cool. 

      • UmbraVir

        Oh and it also needs to fire machine gun rounds on demand. Just in case you need to fire bullets out of your eyes. You know. Like seriously.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jaison13 Jaison Corleone

    i found dragon to be extremely reliable.  even the dragon voice app on my iPhone is very solid. 

    i have to say i'm far more excited about ios5 than a new iPhone.  the only surprise that would be pants tightening for me would be a new iPad. retina display, higher res cameras and 128gb.  but i always love apple events.  will miss steve being there saying automatically.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jaison13 Jaison Corleone

    there is no question i'm an apple fan boy.  hard not to be when they make things that work so well.  the thing that sets apple apart is that they make the hardware and the software.  i've played with an android phone.  it doesn't feel or work the same.  i love my iPhone, my iMac and my 8 year old powerbook that still runs great. i love my iPod classic that i bought when it was just the iPod.  it's been running nearly nonstop for 6 years now. it's attached to a radio in my bathroom and i never turn it off i just turn off the radio. 6 years!!!  and the battery still holds a long charge!!  but my favorite thing is my iPad!!  i love it.  if it could have actual phone and text service i wouldn't even have a phone.

  • Guest

    So tomorrow you will see
    1) Iphone 4s with the same design as Iphone 4, better processor and bigger RAM,
    2) a new ipod touch bigger, and slimmer, with 4" display, and same specs as iphone 4s

    You'll see

    • SayWhat

      Historically, Apple has had separate events for announcing new iPhones and new iPods, so I'm not sure we will see both tomorrow.

      Also, based on the "Let's talk iPhone" text, it seems that the iPhone is the focus of the event. But the more new things they announce, the better!
      Can't wait to get my hands on iOS 5.

    • http://www.facebook.com/DaverJ David Whittle

      I'd love for you to be right about #2.

  • Murderin Murphy

    I may be in the minority here, but I'm really hoping for a super-charged iPhone4.  My 3GS is sounding its death rattle (as it won't stay on unless plugged into a power source) and the design of the 4 is, by far, the most attractive phone ever conceived. 

    I cannot get excited about the idea of a teardrop design.  It sounds unbalanced, asymmetrical, and just awful.

    Come on, 4S!!

    • Relytgninroht

      More awkward than it is to hold the iPhone 4? It's pretty to look at, but those edges dig in. Not to mention that it's one of the most fragile phones made. I'm all for a redesign. Still not quite sure why they got rid of the tapered back- the iPad and iPod touch both have it, and it's much more comfy in your hands.

  • http://twitter.com/johnhood John Hood

    This time tomorrow my iPod touch (4G) will be running iOS 5. Probably.

  • http://twitter.com/johnhood John Hood

    This time tomorrow my iPod touch (4G) will be running iOS 5. Probably.

  • Decoy Octopus

    There are many rumors from many different sources that say the iPhone 4S will be announced tomorrow. The Completely redesigned iPhone 5 probably won't be out until July 2012.

    • Anonymous

      IF that were the case, Apple would loose a lot of market share.

      There has been a lot of signs/rumors that there will be two iPhones, a 4gs and a 5g, being announced tomorrow.

  • Jeffrey D.

    the iPhone 4S with 4G speeds is gonna be unveiled. I don't care about a new iOS, but they might release that too.

    • Anonymous

      No 4G, just "4G". There's no way it will have LTE, but it has been rumoured (rather reliably so) that it will have HSPA+ speeds.

  • Aer2

    am curious about ios5, but other than that, the only thing i care about is the ipad3, whenever they decide to roll it out.  this monthly phone upmanship between all the manufacturers is for sheep.

  • DJCubs

    Open the pod bay doors PAL

  • Anonymous

    I wish there was a better way to organize items then the folders. While it's easy to do, I find myself in the strange habit of mostly using non folder apps that are on the surface. I was going through my folders the other day realizing I had downloaded some amazing games in the past and forgot I had them. 

  • Anonymous

    There's a rumor going around that they will announce the iPhone 5, but it will be exclusive to Sprint (in a $20 billion dollar deal) until 1st quarter of next year. So a timed exclusive. But, hey, it's just a rumor.

    • Anonymous

      That's total BS.

  • Geekygeek

    I just don't really care about iPhones, even though they're one of apple's best selling product

    • Geekygeek

      I care about the computers

  • http://twitter.com/NOVAinc Lucas

    I think they are trying to merge the products release dates. I think from now on iPhones and iPods will get announced and released simultaneously, while iPads and MacBooks air will share a similar launch date as well.

  • Anonymous

    They better release a 5th generation iPod Touch though :D

    • http://twitter.com/21tigermike Michael A. Robson

      Sure. But it's not like they have any competition. The biggest iPod touch killer is... um... the iPhone. :/

      • Anonymous

        True, but not everyone can get an iPhone. I know I can't for monetary reasons and not wanting to go back to AT&T.

  • Relytgninroht

    I have a feeling that the press event is going to be dissapointing (except for iOS 5). Most rumors indicate that the iPhone 5 and iPod touch 5 are going to be minor updates like the iPhone 3 (3GS) and iPod touch 3 were. I think we'll probably see an iPhone 4S and an iPod touch equivalent. Then later we'll see the iPhone 5, except it'll probably be branded as the iPhone 6 (since it would be the 6th iPhone). We might get the iPhone 5 (6), iPad 3, and iPod touch 5 (6) early next year though, as many rumors seem to indicate that they were delayed till then.

    Some things that are almost certain are Apple discontinuing the iPod classic and possibly discontinuing the shuffle. They may even rebrand the iPod touch as the iPod, because it would bring its name more in line with iPhone and iPad.

    What I hope is that the rumors are partially wrong, and they bring out the new iPhone and iPod touch, rather than just putting out a stepping stone generation.

  • Tsarep

    Maybe iPhone 4S and Assistant as main feature and then near the end Steve Jobs comes out at the last minute with the classic. Oh, one more thing.. IPHONE 5!
    That would be the best.

    • Guest

      For some reason I don't think he'd leave that big if an announcement right atthe very end. It would be nice, but very unlikely.

  • Adam

    I agree about the voice recognition being tough to get right, but not because of the actual conversion of the voice to text or command, but bc the implementation of it has been poor. The Google app has it down pat in my opinion (and I reside in Southwest Louisiana). Perfect for when I am driving. Now if I could just save the number and map POI as a contact directly from the search, I could stop having to search the same numbers over and over (I never save them manually because I always seem to be driving when in need of that app).

  • Jason Gaul

    I think they will announce the release of the really big iPhone. It's halfway between an iPhone 2 and an iPad. It conducts it's power from a solar panel on the rear.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FBFCHYXNF54UIGYTLDQAX6XYTE Sam

    My guesses as to what is coming.

    1) iPhone 5
    2) cut down version of iPhone (perhaps size of the old iPod nanos but screen is the whole length and width
    3) iPad 3
    4) cut down version of iPad (to compete with Amazon)
    5) iPod touch 5
    6) no more iPod classics or nanos.

  • Anonymous

    Aside from the new iPhone (whether 4S or 5) and iOS 5, I think they'll announce a new iPod touch with 128 GB of storage, or perhaps more, and the elimination of the iPod Classic as a result (and yeah, there will be complaints that 128 GB isn't enough.

  • Anonymous

    There's no way we will see an ipad 3 this year.  The ipad 2 hit the market a mere 7 months ago and releasing such a substantially new product so soon would be an absolute waste as developers are only now beginning to release software that takes advantage of the ipad 2 (or requires it).  I'm hoping for an iphone 4S and iOS5.

  • http://twitter.com/EMTKing Carlos Bautista

    Noooo! My 3GS is being phased out. Im just really looking forward to AirPlay with real racing 2 on apple tv