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It's Apple Announcement Day, And We're Watching

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It's Apple Announcement Day, and the rumors are flying. Because they always do. There's a good summary here, which we won't rehash.

Will there be a new, possibly cheaper version of the iPhone 4 in addition to, presumably, the iPhone 5? Will the iPhone 5 not only be the first iPhone offered by Sprint, but be, for a while, exclusive to Sprint? What's the selling point for the iPhone 5 supposed to be? Faster processor, better camera, bigger screen? Will Steve Jobs have a cameo? What will be the "one more thing"?

The presentation – which was announced to the press with the usual, coy "Let's talk iPhone" language – will begin at 10:00 AM California time, meaning 1:00 PM on the East coast. If you check back here, we'll have a roundup of which rumors came true and which didn't, and what it might mean to consumers, whether they're current iPhone addicts, current Android users, or folks who haven't embraced the smartphone at all.

While we wait, we're curious to hear your thoughts. What kind of a phone do you have now, and what would it take for you to get a new one – or, in fact, to switch carriers? What killer features are missing from your existing phone (and yes, "killer features" can include "ability to make phone calls without disconnecting itself")? (Other than, of course, "I would like my phone to hard-wire my brain to NPR for all time") Or do you stick with a non-smartphone, or a landline, or a couple of tin cans and some string? Is Apple Announcement Day the worst day of the Luddite calendar, a kind of anti-holiday?

Rather than just read a torrent of rumors, I'd like to know what you're thinking. We'll be back this afternoon with more specifics about what happens in Cupertino.

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