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What to expect from Apple's iPhone event Tuesday

On Tuesday, Apple will likely unveil a new iPhone, probably called the iPhone 4S.

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"Apple’s implementation of speech [recognition] will have to be done in such a way that doesn’t make the user feel self-conscious when using it," Kendrick writes. "If Apple can deal with these two hurdles, it has a shot at making speech recognition a part of the everyday use for iPhone owners. As stated, this is not new technology by any means but if Apple can get iPhone owners to use it regularly it will be a big move forward in mobile."

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On the release date front, Josh Lowensohn of CNET warns that Apple may not launch its new devices instantly.

"With previous iPhones and with iPads there's been a gap between when products are announced and when they go on sale," Lowensohn writes. "Why? It's in Apple's benefit to get a lead on producing units before they go on sale; to give developers a jump on making use of any new features and APIs; and to monopolize another few days or so of news coverage when devices arrive at stores."

We can also look for the Apple event to mark a changing of the guard: Steve Jobs, who handed over the CEO role to Tim Cook earlier this year, may be present in Cupertino, but he probably won't deliver the keynote address. "Tim is perceived as an operations and supply chain guru and that he certainly is, but we believe it is too early to write him off as not a visionary and showman like Steve Jobs," Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu told Reuters.

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