The Siri focused invites are out and that means it’s new iPhone time.
Our thoughts on what to expect this time next week.
Intrestingly Apple are hosting this event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California. This is a far larger venue than usual. Significant? Who knows?
What we do know is that Apple will show the new and greatest iPhones, expected to be called the 6S and 6 Plus S. We can also expect to learn more on release details of iOS 9 for mobile anb the latets OS X EL Capaitan. These were shown at WWDC in June so we know the overview of these upgrades. Expect an update on Siri and most likely an updated Apple TV.
iPHONE 6S ROUNDUP
- iOS 9 expected to support Force Touch, just in time for iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s base model to have 16GB of storage
- 12MP camera, 4K video recording, possible OLED display
- Same as iPhone 6 on the outside, faster LTE chip inside
What else have we learnt from the rumor mill?
From the various blogs and rumor mills, it’s clear we can expect three new things. The first is a vastly similar if not identical design as its predecessor, but with a few minor modifications. The shell is said to be slightly thicker, making it more rigid, helping to avoid a repeat of the so-called “Bend-gate” issue from last year. The thicker shell may also house an improved, longer-lasting battery. But what’s more likely is that Apple will bring its Force Touch technology from the new MacBook to the new iPhone. That would bring pressure sensitivity to the device, opening up a whole range of possibilities for developers.
We’re also expecting an improved 12-megapixel camera — a significant bump on the current models — allowing for super high-resolution 4K video recording. It’s also likely that we will see a beefed-up A9 processor alongside more memory, making the smartphone faster and more responsive.
While it’s reported that Apple will drop the cheaper “C” phone model, the iPhone will still come in two sizes: the regular 4.7-inch iPhone 6S, and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6S Plus.
iOS9 – The iPhone magic source
Along with the new iPhone, the company’s mobile operating system iOS 9 is also expected to land at the event. The software, first announced at Apple’s developer conference in June, comes with a familiar look and feel, but with a wealth of new features.
We’ll see an “intelligence” update to Siri, which will expand its search results and answers, add support for more in-built apps, and offer third-party support.
And there’s more. Mac users will see a desktop refresh with OS X 10.11 El Capitan, the operating system that lands with the company’s line-up of desktop and notebooks.
The focus of the updated software is to squeeze out more of what you already have, like better performance, and faster speeds — in some cases as much as four-fold. That’s done by bringing Metal, the core graphics technology used in newer iPhones and iPads, to the Mac, offering a welcome boost to app rendering performance. And, there are other updates, such as Split View (which to many Windows 7 and later users will be reminiscent of Snap), and smarter Spotlight search, among other features.
And, for the wearable crowd, expect the anticipated update to Apple Watch to land at the event, which comes with new watch faces and greater customization.
Apple TV Refresh or Game Console?
Numerous reports have pointed to a long-awaited refresh of the platform. Almost everything there was to leak has leaked — at least, so we think.
With the new hardware and software, Apple is said to want to “actively complete” with gaming consoles, putting the pintsized box in the big-wig league of consoles like Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s PlayStation. The box is also slated to include Siri, pushing the device to the same realm as competitors like Google’s Chromecast and Amazon’s Fire Stick.
The software and hardware improvements may open the platform up to App Store additions in the coming months. We may also see the launch of a cable-cutter friendly Apple-branded television streaming service down the line, potentially rivaling services like HBO and Netflix.
How much will it cost? Some are saying as much as $199, more than double the price of the device now.
Will there be a “Just One More Thing” moment?
Apple has, at least in the past couple of years, pushed out a small yet generous “one more thing” to take away from the presentation.
Some have read into the size of the auditorium booked by Apple: is it a hint that we may see something significantly larger, like a car? Project Titan lives, but it may be a while until we see it.
All will be revealed this time next week. The pitch will be live on Apple you can see and hear it live.