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  • Josh Davis

    Josh Davis

  • The next-generation iPhone is expected to be formally announced next week.

    The next-generation iPhone is expected to be formally announced next week.
    Associated Press/October 2011


The next-generation iPhone is expected to be formally announced next week, but fans have long been tracking every possible rumor online about what it will include.

Just don't expect the new iPhone to be cutting edge or shock the world, like past editions, said Josh Davis, Apple Boutique manager and technologist at Abt Electronics in Glenview.

"Based on good rumors we'd expect to see a minor upgrade in offerings, including new colors and different pricing," he said.

As for hardware, don't expect much either, he said.

Boosted processors and graphics may be on the iPhone 5S and the colorful series of iPhone 5C could draw attention to those looking to spend less on a new iPhone, Davis said.

"I expect to see a better camera, new processor and improved graphics," he said. "I doubt the rumored finger scanner, for security, will be a reality. ... The one thing that we will see is the new enhanced iOS 7, which really is the best thing about the new iPhone. I've been running the beta versions and this is by far the best iOS they've created."

Davis said he's been an iPhone user since the iPhone 3G. He now uses the iPhone 5 running iOS 7 Beta. Apple, which traditionally plays its product announcements close to the vest, is expected to announce the newest iPhone on Tuesday and it will be available for sale on Sept. 20.

Davis joined Abt in 2004 and by 2005 he moved from the small electronics department selling cameras, camcorders and other devices, to helping to open the Abt Apple Boutique.

"We were blessed by Apple, after years of selling only iPod, to move forward with the complete computer line," he said.

Abt is an AT&T exclusive dealer, so that limits its customers.

"There's a long line of people waiting for their phone but we don't see the camping out lines of customers that an Apple Retail Store has," Davis said.

In the mean time, Abt will have special displays for the new iPhone and the staff will be trained on its new features and benefits, he said.

"I dream of a bigger screen and NFC but am willing to accept whatever device they have so I can continue to thrive in the Apple Ecosystem of product."

As for other Apple products, the company has been behind in releasing new versions, he said.

"They have outdated computers desperately needing updates and an iPad series we're all waiting for," Davis said. "The new Mac Pro that is said to come out in fall will revolutionize the desktop computing industry but again, we're waiting for that to become a reality too. The Apple TV has been a champion of an accessory and even though it hasn't been updated in a while, the current model is something customers really like."

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