We're less than 24 hours away from Apple's "special event" Tuesday at its headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. It's slated to be a smaller event than usual, but with a twist: There's another media event scheduled for Beijing just nine hours later.
Here's a rundown on the latest rumors:
Gold iPhone: It may sound trivial, but gold, or "champagne" as some have called it, is one of the most popular after-market colors for iPhone cases. If Apple does introduce a gold iPhone, it will be only the third official color for the main iPhone, joining the classic black and white.
iPhone 5C: This is the so-called cheap or lower-cost phone that is aimed at new smartphone buyers and emerging markets. Rather than a metal case, it's expected to be plastic and come in an array of colors. The critical point: How much will it cost?
iPhone 5S: This is the new high-end smartphone. The rumors don't point to too many thrilling, breakthrough type features. Possibly a fingerprint scanner for security, a faster processor. It's the off-year refresh, after all. It's the iPhone 6 next year that ought be the real revelation.