(NEW YORK) — Apple CEO Tim Cook is likely Tuesday afternoon to again promise that exciting new products are on the way. But that’s probably all he’ll say about the topic when he speaks after the company releases its earnings.
Here are the things Apple fans really want to know but probably won’t hear about in the earnings announcement:
1. Bigger, Badder iPhone 6?
In Tuesday’s conference call with analysts, Apple’s CEO and CFO may get pelted with questions about reportedly large manufacturing volume ahead of a potential iPhone 6. The company reportedly asked suppliers to manufacture 70 million to 80 million units of two large-screen iPhones, the Wall Street Journal noted Tuesday, according to unnamed sources. The next iPhones may have a larger screen of 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches diagonally, the newspaper said, as opposed to the latest iPhone 5S and cheaper 5C that measure 4 inches. Apple did not respond to a request for comment from ABC News.
2. The Unicorn: iWatch
Apple has never used the word iWatch, but reports have consistently referred to this mystical gadget. The only thing media and analysts have been told is that multiple product categories will be announced this year.
3. The Stepsister: iPhone 5C Success/Failure
While Apple announces how many iPhones the company sells, the company does not provide details of which iPhone models were the most popular. The company won’t reveal how many iPhone 5C models were sold, as opposed to the 5S. The general number of iPhones sold, however, typically gives clues about whether customers may be waiting for the “next” model.
4. Cheaper Macs Paying Off?
In April, the company introduced an updated Macbook Air starting at $899 for an 11-inch model and $999 for a 13-inch one — $100 cheaper than the previous prices. The company will announce how many Mac computers it sold, but it won’t provide specific numbers on the Macbook Air or iMac. Last month, the company introduced a cheaper version of the all-in-one iMac desktop at $1,099.
5. iPad: Is Smaller Better?
Apple iPad sales have been relatively slow over the past year, so any signs of growth will be encouraging. But we may not necessarily hear if the iPad mini is beating the larger model, or vice versa. In March, Apple replaced the entry-level $399 iPad 2 with a 9.7-inch Retina display. Back in November, the 7.9-inch iPad mini with Retina display was introduced.
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