Around noon today, Apple sent out invitations to confirm their September 9th special media event. Although they didn’t specify the products they will be announcing, we have a pretty good idea. According to the latest reports from Re/Code, Bloomberg and GforGames, we expect to see the iPhone 6, iWatch and iOS 8.
Re/Code and Bloomberg both agree that Apple will announce the next-generation iPhone and wearable accessory (code-named the “iWatch”) at the event on September 9th. The iWatch was originally scheduled to be announced alongside the updated iPads, but it is believed they changed their plans in order to change the consumer’s expectation for the watch. They plan to market it as an iPhone accessory versus as a standalone product. MacRumors suggests that by announcing it earlier then planned, Apple will get ahead of the leaked photos and reveal the device to the world before the Internet does.
Although not much is known about the watch, we know pretty much everything about the iPhone 6. It will feature a complete redesign with a slimmer body, curved glass that seamlessly transitions to aluminum, curved edges, new buttons and a protruding camera. In terms of specs, we will see one phone with a 4.7″ display and battery capacity of 1810mAh and another with a 5.5″ display and battery capacity of 2915mAh. In addition, they will have NFC capabilities, the more-efficient A8 processor, higher-resolution display and a 13MP camera. The iPhone 6 will also come with iOS 8, the operating system Apple showed us at WWDC. It features new apps like Health and Tips, new features like Shazam integration with Siri and Snapchat-like iMessaging, and tons of improvements.
The event will be held at the Flint Center for Performing Arts. This is the same venue Apple used when they announced the first Mac in 1984 and the first colored iMac in 1998. They haven’t been back since 1998, though. Last year, the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c were announced at Apple’s Town Hall, which seats less then 800 people compared to the Flint Center’s 2,400 seating capacity. So whatever Apple is plan on announcing to us, it’s going to be big and it’s going to be new.