Apple, Sony and Samsung Lead a Month Full of Events
Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is on the cusp of its first event in roughly nine months.
As a result, all eyes will be on the Cupertino, California-based tech giant on Monday, June 10 when the company is expected to unveil the next MacBook Air and/or the company's long-awaited streaming music service.
Not to be outdone, Microsoft will reveal more details -- and its full slate of video games -- for its next home entertainment console, Xbox One. Sony will do the same for PlayStation 4.
These are just a few of the major events happening this month. Take a look at the full list, and then keep your browser pointed to Benzinga for the latest developments on these and other breaking stories.
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Last month, Microsoft held an event to promote its upcoming game console, Xbox One. While consumers complained when Sony chose to focus exclusively on games at its PlayStation 4 event, they were pretty upset when Xbox One did the opposite.
Microsoft has vowed to remedy these complaints on Monday, June 10 when it will hold another press conference dedicated to Xbox One. This event (which is scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. PDT / 12:30 p.m. EDT) will also highlight new game announces for the company's second-generation console, Xbox 360.Image Credit: Microsoft
Monday, June 10 is going to be a big day for tech companies. At 6:00 p.m. PDT / 9:00 p.m. EDT, Sony will host its second event dedicated to PlayStation 4.
This event is expected to be a bigger and better version of the two-hour event that took place on February 20. While new games are a given, Sony could use the event to announce the price and exact release date of its new console.
The price may be held for another event, however, as game companies typically prefer to save that information until their items are closer to release.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
The mother of them all for everyday tech enthusiasts, Apple will host a five-day extravaganza -- known as the Worldwide Developers Conference -- starting on Monday June 10.
In addition to the product and service announcements (iRadio and MacBook Air refreshes are among those that are rumored to make an appearance), Apple is expected to explain why iOS 7 -- the next iteration of its mobile operating system -- will change the world of handheld devices.
There have been many rumors hinting at the possibilities of iOS 7, but the most likely appears to be a change from graphically-rich visuals to a more simplistic user interface.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Nintendo is not holding an official press conference this year.
Instead, the company is doing a smattering of smaller, media- and consumer-oriented events that include an online video stream on June 11 (when the company will introduce the new Mario, Smash Bros. and Mario Kart games) and a consumer event on June 12 and June 15 at Best Buy. The latter will allow the public to play brand-new, unreleased games from the Electronic Entertainment Expo, which runs from June 11 through June 13.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Known for The Sims, NFL Madden, FIFA, Battlefield, Need for Speed and a handful of other legendary franchises, Electronic Arts is one of many tech giants holding a press event on Monday, June 10.
The company has not revealed more than the lightest of teases, promising to deliver the "next generation of games with news on Battlefield 4, FIFA, Madden, UFC, NBA Live, Need for Speed, Star Wars, and more."
Most of those games have already been shown to the press, so the new Star Wars game -- which fell into EA's lap after Disney purchased the entire brand last fall -- could be EA's major debut.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
The South Korean tech giant will unveil a handful of new handsets -- and possibly a couple of tablets -- on June 20.
Samsung's Galaxy S IV Mini (a smaller, lower-powered version of the original Galaxy S IV) is expected to be shown.
Not much else is known about the event, but there is one product that consumers are unlikely to see: the Galaxy Note III. Samsung is expected to save that one for the holiday shopping season.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
The French game company will host an afternoon event on Monday, June 10 to promote a cornucopia of games, including Watch Dogs, Rayman Legends, Splinter Cell: Blacklist and the next game in the Assassin's Creed series. Rocksmith will also be featured at the event, though it is not yet known if the company will unveil a full sequel or simply upgrade the existing iteration.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
In addition to the company-specific events from Electronic Arts, Sony, Ubisoft and Microsoft (and the unusual events from Nintendo), virtually every company within the game industry will gather at the Electronic Entertainment Expo starting on June 11.
Scheduled to take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center, E3 will house massive, multi-million-dollar booths that are designed to attract the attention of consumers, reporters and game developers alike. Only the latter two can attend, however; unlike similar events in Tokyo and Germany, E3 is not open to the public.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons