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Apple product predictions: bigger, more intimate and connected




SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MARCH 07:  Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during an Apple product launch event at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on March 7, 2012 in San Francisco, California. In the first product release following the death of Steve Jobs, Apple Inc. introduced the third version of the iPad and an updated Apple TV.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MARCH 07: Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during an Apple product launch event at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on March 7, 2012 in San Francisco, California. In the first product release following the death of Steve Jobs, Apple Inc. introduced the third version of the iPad and an updated Apple TV. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Fresh off a security scandal last week that saw Apple iCloud accounts hacked for nude photos of celebrities such as actress Jennifer Lawrence, the folks in Cupertino will have a chance to change the story when unveiling their latest technology tomorrow.

The most anticipated, and long rumored, products are larger iPhones, a wearable iWatch, and digital wallets. Smartphone analysts say the demand is growing for larger smart phones, so Apple is expected offer a 4.7-inch diagonal screen and 5.5-inch version (the current screen measures 4 inches). Digital news site Re/code said the iWatch -- geared toward health and fitness needs -- might not be ready to ship until 2015, and speculates about a $400 price tag.

The news that could have the biggest impact is a mobile payment system. Wired magazine explains “How the Next iPhone could Finally Kill the Credit Card” – but not quite yet. If all the conspiracies of planned obsolescence turn you off Apple, last week Samsung and Sony unveiled their new products. A virtual reality headset, the Gear VR Innovator Edition, was Samsung’s big announcement - along with its Galaxy Note Edge that includes an innovative spillover screen making it easier to see tickers and manage calls. Sony is continuing to focus on its gaming market. Its new Xperia Z3 phones and tablets will host WiFi-streamed Playstation games. Finally, Sony also showed off a prototype of wearable glasses.

What are you anticipating most eagerly? What is on your wish list for these tech companies to start or stop doing?

Guest:


Lauren Goode, Senior Reviewer at Re/code - an independent tech news, reviews and analysis site.