Another year, another big iPhone event at the end of summer from Apple. It’s pretty much like clockwork, but every time the calendar turns to September we start gearing up for Apple’s latest smartphone to be announced and for the lines to start forming right after. Unlike previous years though, this week’s Apple event will focus on more than just phones and should give every Apple fan something to look forward to.
iPhone 6s and 6s Plus
As we all know, 2015 is an “S” year, so if you’re looking for Apple’s latest iPhone design to look different than last year’s, you’re in for a surprise – though you really shouldn’t be because this happens every other year. Like last year, we’re expecting Tim Cook to announce two iPhones: the iPhone 6s with a 4.7-inch display, and the iPhone 6s Plus with a 5.5-inch display.
The company’s iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will look like last year’s model, but internally, they’re pretty different. The most important upgrade should be the camera. Apple will no longer stick to its 8-megapixel iSight camera, and will reportedly update it to a 12-megapixel shooter in the back. It’ll feature a new image processor thanks to the new A9 chip that’ll be onboard. If you’re a selfie lover, there are rumors that suggest the new iPhones will have some sort of front-facing flash mechanism, so you’re silly duck face pics will be possible even in the worst of lighting.
The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are also rumored to finally be getting 2GB of RAM internally. After years of sticking to a single gig, Apple will hopefully be adding some more memory to make this device even faster.
Apple’s Force Touch screen technology is also rumored to be making its debut in the new iPhone. The big mystery surrounding this new hardware modification will be how it interacts with iOS and what advantages it brings over a traditional display.
The one big negative about Apple’s new iPhones could be its initial storage capacity. Many reports have leaked that Apple will once again stupidly make its base model a 16GB iPhone. Instead of going to 32GB, Apple will be making customers have to once again spend an additional $100 if they want anything more than just 16GB of memory on their devices (the next model will reportedly still be the 64GB). It’ll be absurd if it happens, but I wouldn’t put it past Apple one bit.
On the positive side, we may be seeing a new color be introduced for the first time in years to the iPhone. There’s a rumored Rose Gold iPhone variant that will be introduced alongside the standard white, black, and gold ones.
Apple will be introducing its latest iOS software with the new iPhones and will show off the new features that are included with it for those that are going to update to it with an older device. Apple’s iOS 9 will be bringing an improved Siri experience, new multitasking app layout, improved keyboard scrolling and highlighting, new multi-window support for iPads, integrated public transit directions for Apple Maps, new 6-digit passcode support, additional Apple Pay support partners, and much more.
According to some rumors, the iPhone isn’t going to be the only piece of hardware Apple announces at this event. There’s definitely a chance we’ll see a new iPad be introduced this week, and it’s what people have been calling the ‘iPad Pro.’ While Apple usually holds off until October to announced a new tablet, they could be switching it up this time to give us all a nice little surprise. The rumored tablet will have a gigantic 12.9-inch display – the biggest for any iPad ever made. It’ll be incredibly interesting to see exactly how Apple positions a new offering that large to the world that’s watching.
We’ll see if it actually happens, however. Rumors point to in-store availability for it in November of this year, so announcing it this early might not be the best way to go about it.
Lovers of the Apple TV will be happy to know they should be seeing some brand new hardware at the event this week as well. The long overdue update has been rumored for the last year or so and has yet to happen, so we’re really hoping this time it does.
Rumors have the new Apple TV box going for $149 at launch, and it is said it will feature a redesigned remote control and offer motion control support. It’s also slated to come with Siri, and even the App Store pre-loaded.
More Apple Watch Bands
The Apple Watch should also get some love shown to it at this Apple event. While it’s way too early to see a second Apple Watch be announced or even teased, there’s definitely a chance we see some software for it get a nod. Apple’s already shown off WatchOS 2, so we may get an actual release date for it at least.
Those that already have an Apple Watch and want to have a few more band options could see their wishes come true. Rumored new band colors include red, yellow, orange, and more.
One more thing…
We may very well see Apple pull out a few additional surprises at tomorrow’s event, but I wouldn’t necessarily hold my breath for it. Apple has a lot to talk about and announce already, so a “one more thing…” could just be over the top.
Apple’s event begins Wednesday, September 9, at 10am PT/1pm ET in San Francisco. Apple will be livestreaming the event here.