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Apple's next big press conference is still five days away, but The New York Times has stolen some of CEO Tim Cook's thunder by spilling the beans on what it says will be the company's new product announcements.

Citing "multiple employees for Apple and its partners" who spoke on condition of anonymity, the NYT report says Cupertino plans to announce not just one but two new iPhones, along with – yes – the oft-rumored but never-confirmed iWatch.

Both iPhones will have larger screens than the current model, the report claims, one with a diagonal measuring 4.7 inches and the other measuring 5.5 inches, in keeping with the trend toward big displays.

According to some of the paper's sources, Apple has tweaked the iOS user interface to include a "one-handed mode" that can be switched on and off, for those with short fingers but who still like the idea of a phone with a larger screen. [Other uses we leave to the imagination. – Ed.]

In keeping with recent murmurings, the report says the new mobes will come equipped with NFC and will work with Apple's rumored new digital payment system, which is said to have the support of American Express, MasterCard, and Visa.

The devices will reportedly feature reworked cases, too, with "softer, tapered edges," in keeping with the stylings of recent iPads.

If you buy that much, then maybe you'll also be willing to go along with the NYT's claim that Cook will finally unveil an iWatch on Tuesday, too – though the actual name of Apple's reputed wearable has yet to be revealed.

As we've come to expect of such devices, the iWatch will reportedly offer a combination of basic computing and monitoring for health and fitness. Unlike devices from other companies, however, it will come with a "unique, flexible screen" that's protected by a sapphire cover – something else about which we've heard repeated rumblings.

Also in keeping with other wearables, the so-called iWatch will work in tandem with other Cupertinian kit, including NFC. For this purpose, it will reportedly rely heavily on Handoff, a feature of the Continuity capabilities of OS X "Yosemite" that Apple demoed at its World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) in June.

And as long as we're leaving no rumored stone unturned, the NYT report claims to confirm that the iWatch will recharge its battery wirelessly, which others have been saying since last December, at least.

You may need to wait a little longer before you can strap an Apple wearable to your quivering wrist, though. While the new iPhones will reportedly begin shipping within the next few weeks, some of the NYT's sources say the iWatch won't actually hit store shelves until later, which could mean next year.

Believe it or don't; while The New York Times is generally diligent with its sources, you have until Apple's web-streamed press event on September 9 to place your bets. ®

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