What to Expect From Apple’s March 7th Media Event

With just over 24 hours to go, here’s what we can expect from Apple’s media event tomorrow, based on all the rumors and speculations we’ve heard so far.

Stats and Numbers:

Yup, it usually starts with the boring stuff. Apple tends to reveal key numbers during quarterly financial results or during such media events.

So expect Apple to talk about the historic milestone that the App Store crossed of 25 billion app downloads over the weekend. We also expect Apple to reveal a lot of stats and numbers related to its entire ecosystem of devices.

New iPad:

Based on the graphics on the invite for the event, it is quite obvious that Apple will unveil their hugely anticipated next generation iPad.

You can find out all you need to know about Apple’s new iPad here, where we have compiled all the features and improvements we can expect and lots more.

Apple will definitely flaunt the rumored Retina Display of the new iPad and call several developers on stage to give us a glimpse of how games and apps will look on the gorgeous Retina Display.

Apps for the new iPad:

Apple had release iMovie for iPad alongside iPad 2 last year. So in addition to Siri, which has been rumored to be one of the major features of the new iPad, Apple could launch a new app to take advantage of iPad 3’s hardware this year.

Redesigned Smart Cover:

iLounge reported yesterday that according to their reliable source, Apple may release a redesigned Smart Cover for the new iPad.

Said to be similar to Incase’s Magazine Jacket (and a host of subsequent alternatives that have appeared for the iPad 2), this new case has a folding magnetized Smart Cover on the front, and a rear shell made from fiberglass covered with PU/bicast leather.

iOS 5.1:

Apple’s new iPad is expected to come pre-installed with iOS 5.1, which has been in beta for quite sometime. However, surprisingly despite releasing three beta version, no major features have been discovered so far. All we know so far is that it would bring rich text formatting to Notes app and ability to delete photos from Photo Stream and expected to fix some privacy related issues such as the permission based access to the the Contact list for apps that raised a major controversy.

There have been some rumors that Apple will add more functionality to Siri in iOS 5.1. Apple is also expected to add support for Chinese, Japanese and Russian to Siri. International users would be hoping that Apple adds Maps and local search support in their countries.

Apple should also be giving us a sneak peak of the new features in iOS 5.1 and also announce the release date for iOS 5.1. According to rumors, iOS 5.1 could be release on or around March 9th.

Microsoft Office apps for iPad:

According to rumors, Microsoft will finally be releasing Office for the iPad, even though they’ve categorically denied it. Frankly, it is high time Microsoft released apps for Word, PowerPoint and Excel for the iPad. It remains to be seen if Apple and Microsoft will be comfortable to use tomorrow’s event for the launch, considering their awkward relationship.

One more thing…

It could be one of them:

New iPod Touch:

Apple didn’t launch a new iPod touch last fall, so it definitely could do with a refresh. Will it be tomorrow? It is anybody’s guess.

New Apple TV:

Since the stock of Apple TV 2 are drying up even in Apple’s Retail stores, we won’t be surprised if the next generation Apple TV, which is unofficially being dubbed Apple TV 3 will be the “one more thing…”.

According to rumors, the new Apple TV will be powered either by the dual-core A5X chip or quad-core A6 chip and also offer support for 1080p video to complement iPad 3’s high resolution Retina Display. Apple could also start offering video content at higher resolution in iTunes Store.

It remains to be seen if Apple TV will remain Apple’s hobby or Apple is serious about their setup box by adding features like Siri and the App Store.

Image credit: Engadget

That’s all we’ve heard so far. We’ll update this post if we hear anything new in the next 24 hours.

We’ll be live blogging the event so don’t forget to join us at 10am PT or 1pm ET or 6pm GMT on Wednesday, March 7th.

What would you like to see announced at tomorrow’s event? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.