intro: Apple CEO Tim Cook is likely this afternoon to again promise that exciting new products are on the way. But that’s probably all he'll say about the topic when he speaks after the company releases its earnings.
Here are the things Apple fans really want to know but probably won't hear about in the earnings announcement:
quicklist: title: Bigger, badder iPhone 6? category: media: text: In today's conference call with analysts, Apple's CEO and CFO may get pelted with questions about reportedly large manufacturing volume ahead of a potential iPhone 6. The company reportedly asked suppliers to manufacture 70 million to 80 million units of two large-screen iPhones, the Wall Street Journal noted today, according to unnamed sources.
The next iPhones may have a larger screen of 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches diagonally, the newspaper said, as opposed to the latest iPhone 5S and cheaper 5C that measure 4 inches.
The only thing Colello said he can expect about a future iPhone is that there may be another launch announcement in early to mid-September.
"That’s the typical cycle. I haven’t seen much evidence to the contrary," he said.
Apple did not respond to a request for comment from ABC News.
quicklist: title: The unicorn: iWatch category: media: text: Apple has never used the word iWatch, but reports have consistently referred to this mystical gadget. Why won't Apple even dispel myths about it?
"We think that’s embedded in Apple’s culture going back to Steve Jobs’ preference of announcing the big surprise," Colello said.
The only thing media and analysts have been told is that multiple product categories will be announced this year.
"It might not be a single device at all. It might be a bunch of sensors. There's not even a clear consensus that it will be a watch," Colello said.
quicklist: title: The stepsister: iPhone 5C success/failure category: media: text: While Apple announces how many iPhones the company sells, the company does not provide details of which iPhone models were the most popular. The company won't reveal how many iPhone 5C models were sold, as opposed to the 5S.
The general number of iPhones sold, however, typically gives clues about whether customers may be waiting for the "next" model, and Colello said this summer quarter is typically slow before a potential fall product announcement.
quicklist: title: Cheaper Macs paying off? category: media: text: In April, the company introduced an updated Macbook Air starting at $899 for an 11-inch model and $999 for a 13-inch one -- $100 cheaper than the previous prices.
The company will announce how many Mac computers it sold, but it won't provide specific numbers on the Macbook Air or iMac. Last month, the company introduced a cheaper version of the all-in-one iMac desktop at $1,099.
quicklist: title: iPad: Is smaller better? category: media: text: Apple iPad sales have been relatively slow over the past year, so any signs of growth will be encouraging, Colello said. But we may not necessarily hear if the iPad mini is beating the larger model, or vice versa.
In March, Apple replaced the entry-level $399 iPad 2 with a 9.7-inch Retina display.
Back in November, the 7.9-inch iPad mini with Retina display was introduced.