About a week ago, Apple held a special media event where they announced the rumored iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2. The new smartwatch has a much faster processor, is completely waterproof, and is designed to be more of a sport watch than a luxury watch. Apple also revamped their lineup by removing some watches and adding others.
Earlier today, Apple kicked off their first fall event by announcing a plethora of new products. They announced the rumored iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2.
The next-generation iPhones, called ‘iPhone 7’ and ‘iPhone 7 Plus,’ were just announced. The phones looks relatively similar to the iPhone 6/6s series, but they have plenty of new features and design updates to differentiate them. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are available in a high-gloss jet black finish, a much darker space gray simply called black, and the normal gold, silver, and rose gold. The phone is also water resistant with IP67 protection standard.
As rumored, the iPhones have several new features related to the Home button, camera, headphone jack, and performance. The Home button mechanism has been replaced with force-sensitive pad. It works with the Taptic Engine to provide vibration feedback with quick actions, messages, notifications, and ringtones. It is also customizable with third-party apps. The front camera on both phones have been upgraded to 7MP (up from 5MP) and the rear cameras are staying at 12MP. The iPhone 7 has a single wide-angle 12MP camera that is 60% faster and 30% more energy efficient. The iPhone 7 Plus has two 12MP rear cameras with the first being the same as the iPhone 7’s camera and the second a telephoto camera.
In a controversial move, Apple has removed the headphone jack on their new iPhone. They have replaced it with stereo speakers that are located on the top and bottom of the iPhone. The phone will now use wireless via Bluetooth and Lightning for audio. In the box, there is a pair of Lightning-powered EarPods and a special adapter for Lightning to analog (AUX). Apple has also designed their own AirPods, which are a new version of their EarPods, except they are wireless.
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are powered by the quad-core A10 Fusion processor with 6-core graphics. This allows the phone to be 40% faster than the iPhone 6s and three times faster than the iPhone 6. The battery life has also been improved with up to two extra hours.
The iPhone 7 starts at $649 (or $27/month) for 32GB and the iPhone 7 Plus starts at $769 (or $32/month) for 32GB. The phones are also available in 128GB and 256GB configurations. Pre-orders for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus start Friday, September 9th and the phones will be released on Friday, September 16th.
Apple Watch Series 2
The second-generation Apple Watch was finally announced after the first version has been available for more than a year. The new Apple Watch looks identical to the first Apple Watch, but it was completely reengineered to be waterproof. Inside the watch, there is a much slimmer and brighter display and more powerful processor. The new dual-core processor is up to 50% faster with 2x the graphics. As rumored, the watch also has a built-in GPS that will measure pace, distance, and location without the iPhone.
In addition, there is a new case material available and several new models. The Apple Watch Series 2 will come in aluminum, stainless steel, and now white ceramic. The ceramic case is four times stronger than stainless steel. Apple has also partnered with Nike to design the Apple Watch Nike+ which has exclusive bands in four colors and the Nike logo on the watch.
The Apple Watch Series 2 starts at $369. Pre-orders start Friday, September 9th and the watch is released Friday, September 16th. The special Nike+ watch also starts at $369 and will be available in late October. The current Apple Watch is renamed to Apple Watch Series 1 and it has been upgraded with the new dual-core processor.
The next-generation software update was announced today. It comes with several features and it is available on Tuesday, September 13th.
The next-generation software update for Apple Watch was announced today. It comes with several features and it is available on Tuesday, September 13th.
Additionally, Apple has announced that Pokemon GO is coming to the Apple Watch and Nintendo is bringing Mario to the iPhone sometime before the end of the year. We will have more in-depth posts about the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 in the next couple of days.
Apple’s highly anticipated fall special event is set to start tomorrow around 10am. They will be taking the stage in San Francisco to reveal many new products. While many of the designs for their products will look familiar, they are expected to set themselves up for entire product line refreshes. Here are our expectations for their event.
The iPhone 7 is practically guaranteed to be announced at the event on Wednesday. Rumors, leaked pictures, and specs have led us to this very moment where we know most everything about the phone. It will come in two sizes (4.7″ and 5.5″) and look similar to the iPhone 6s. The smaller 4.7″ iPhone 7 will have a single and larger rear facing camera, while the larger 5.5″ iPhone 7 Plus will have a two rear cameras. All the camera sensors will remain at 12MP, though. Both phones will have a tactile Home button that uses Force Touch to simulate the physical mechanism of a moving button. Additionally, the phones will not have the headphone jack but instead rely on Bluetooth and Lightning for audio. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will start at 32GB, be powered by the A10 processor, and have better battery capacities. In place of the headphone jack, there will be a second speaker grill which will be house an amplifier. Pre-orders are expected to begin on Friday, September 9th and the phone will either be released on Friday, September 16th or Friday, September 23rd.
Apple Watch 2
Leaked images and inside rumors suggest the second-generation Apple Watch will be coming at Apple’s event this week. The watch will look relatively similar to the current generation Apple Watch, except the internals will be highly upgraded. The new processor (or SoC) will be much faster and provide better battery life, the battery capacity will increase due to a thinner display, and the watch will be less dependent on the iPhone. Instead of relying on the phone to track location and speed, the watch will use the new GPS chip. It will still be dependent upon the iPhone for full functionality, though. The current Apple Watch will also be updated with the new processor and continue to be available for sale. The Apple Watch 2 is expected to be released in either September or October.
The newest operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch is also practically guaranteed to be announced. Historically, Apple announces the latest iOS at the keynote at WWDC in June and then releases it to the public in the fall. With the amount of beta versions given to developers (we are on #7 now), this shows the final version is underway and will be available to the public soon. The update brings many features to Messages; a fresh design to Music, Maps, and Photos; a new layout for widgets, the Lock screen, and Control Center; and new settings. iOS 10 will likely be released on Wednesday, September 14th.
The third-generation operating system for the Apple Watch was announced in June at the Worldwide Developer’s Conference and is expected to come out alongside iOS 10. The update brings faster apps with Background App Refresh, new watch faces that are easier to switch, fitness for those in a wheelchair, an optimized keyboard for writing letters, and a SOS feature. The SOS feature will allow the Apple Watch to automatically call for help with local emergency services and notify friends/family that you’re in need of help. Another feature will allow you to unlock your Mac when you are in close proximity to it wearing the Apple Watch. This update will likely come out on September 14th as well.
The next-generation operating system for Apple TV (4th generation) will likely be announced at tomorrow’s event. The software update brings a few features to the Apple TV like single sign-on for multiple apps that require your TV provider’s subscription credentials, a special Dark Mode (versus the current bright and all-white “Light Mode”), redesigned Music app, and more advanced search with Siri. It is expected to be released on September 14th.
Apple is expected to reveal Lightning-powered EarPods, wireless headphones called ‘AirPods,’ and a few Lightning-powered headphones under their Beats by Dr. Dre brand. Also, there will be a new adapter for Lightning to headphone for those users who still have traditional headphones but plan to upgrade the headphone jack-less iPhone 7. These should come alongside the iPhone 7 or be available before the phone is released.
iPad Pro 2
The second-generation iPad Pro is currently in development and may be announced at tomorrow’s Apple event. Unfortunately this is more want, then based on any fact. Rumors suggest an announcement in October, or more than likely, some time next year. The iPad Pro will have a faster display technology for smoother scrolling, panning and zooming. There will also be three models released all based on screen sizes: 9.7-inch, 10.5-inch, and 12.9-inch with the smallest size offered as a low-cost option. The iPads will also have expanded support for the Apple Pencil.
iPad mini 5
There have been no rumors for the fifth-generation iPad mini and the consensus is this tablet will be discontinued soon. It is very similar in size to the 5.5-inch iPhone Plus and lacks support for the new iPad Pro features.
Apple TV Internet Streaming Service
The Internet TV streaming service was expected to be announced alongside the Apple TV (4th generation) last year, but it was not ready yet. The service was rumored to be available for $30-$40 per month and come with about twenty-five channels from major networks. A year after the expected announcement date, the streaming service has not been made public and is likely a tabled idea. Perhaps we will see it in the future.
Apple may also follow their new tradition last year and jam pack all Mac updates into this special event, or have another event planned in October. Apple will announce macOS Sierra (the rebranding of OS X plus the new operating system name) alongside a refresh of their Mac lineup.
The special media event will kick off at 10am PDT, or 1pm EST, in San Fransisco and it will be live-streamed for all to watch.
Earlier this week it was reported that the next-generation iPhone will be released to retail shops during the week on September 12th and then released for the public on September 16th. Based on what I have seen from Apple over the last four years of iPhone releases, I wanted to share my thoughts. There are four events that need to take place in September before the end of the month and the days they occur on are quite consistent from year-to-year. The Back-to-School promotion always ends before the iPhone is released, the special media event for the announcement of the new iPhone occurs on a Tuesday or Wednesday, the next-generation iOS is released on the following Wednesday, and the iPhone comes out either the same week or the week after on a Friday. The dates of these events are key for us to predict when we will be able to start buying the iPhone 7.
Back to School Event
Every summer Apple hosts their Back-to-School promotion which is a method they use to clear out stock of the old iPhone. Originally this sales event was limited to the Mac, but recently the company began to give free accessories or gifts cards with the purchase of an iPhone or iPad too. This year, customers can purchase an iPhone, iPad, or Mac and get a free pair of wireless Beats headphones. By offering a free gift with the purchase, Apple hopes to clear out the stock of the iPhone 6s ahead of the iPhone 7 announcement. The event ends on Monday, September 5th which happens to also be Labor Day.
Looking back at their previous promotions, the Back-to-School event always ends before the final release date of the new iPhone. There appears to be no correlation to other events in September, just that it ends before the new iPhone comes out.
Expected Special Media Event Date
The next major event of September is the special media announcement for the latest iPhones and software for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Apple will announce these products and then release them in the days/weeks following the event. This event, at least for the last four years, was held either on Tuesday or Wednesday and always the week before the newest software was released. With the exception of the iPhone 6s, it was also about a week and a half before the release of the new iPhone. Apple added an extra week between their announcement and the iPhone 6s launch.
Based on Apple’s history, the special media event will likely be held on Tuesday, September 6th or Wednesday, September 7th.
Expected iOS 10 Release Date
Ever since Apple held their iPhone event in September, the newest software was always released before the iPhone came out so the new phones would ship with the latest software. It has always come out a week after the event and on the first Wednesday. We expect this year to be no different.
Taking into account the previous years’ of iOS updates, I expect iOS 10 will be released on Wednesday, September 14th.
Expected iPhone 7 Release Date
Apple will be releasing their next-generation iPhone in September and this is the last major event for iPhone that will occur. The phone should come out in three styles: iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone 7 Pro. The last of which is still in question, but the rumors support three version of the tenth generation iPhone. Additionally, the phone will look quite similar to the iPhone 6s with less antenna lines, a larger camera sensor, a headphone jack-less body, and a touchpad Home button. Taking in consideration previous iPhone launches in September, it is always released on a Friday and either occurs the same week as the newest iOS launch or the following week.
Based on our calculations, the iPhone 7 should come out either Friday, September 16th. Apple will take pre-orders for the iPhone starting Friday, September 9th.
Apple will host four major events in September like they do every year for updates in the software and hardware of the iPhone. They may also release another iPad, the second-generation Apple Watch, new Macs, and potentially another Apple TV. All have been rumored, we just have to wait to find out the truth on September 6th…
Also for further evidence; here is what the very reliable iPhone leaker @evleaks says about the iPhone 7:
Just to clarify, this refers to the retail release, not the launch event. To be even more specific, it should happen on Friday, Sept. 16th.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) July 23, 2016
Confirmed: Pre-orders start on the 9th. You can extrapolate the launch event date from there. https://t.co/gwoPzIM1dI
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) July 28, 2016
The annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC 2016) kicked off a few hours ago with a keynote from the CEO Tim Cook and other team members. They announced the latest in software updates with iOS 10, watchOS 3, tvOS, and more.
The tenth generation operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch was announced and this is literally the biggest update Apple has ever released. There are a plethora of changes across the board with user interface tweaks, redesigned apps, increased security and privacy, and new apps. Messages, News, Music, Photos, and Phone are just some of the apps that received overhauled features and designs and the Lock screen, Notification Center, and Control Center are now very different. iOS 10 is available to developers today, beta testers next month, and it is available as a free upgrade in the fall to the public.
The third generation software for the Apple Watch comes with many new features, design changes, and updates in speed. Apple also took some favorite iPhone functions, like Control Center, and brought it to the Apple Watch. There is a dock for frequently used apps, new watch faces, more customization with watch faces, a new Breathe app, more APIs for developers, and a function called Scribble which allows you to write/type. It is available to developers today and is coming to the public in the fall.
The next-generation software for the Apple TV is a relatively small update, but it brings much needed features and a Dark Mode. The Remote app for iPhone will be updated to be identical to the Siri remote so users can use motion, swiping, Siri, and more to interact with their TV. Siri can now search across more platforms, like YouTube, to find the right content. One of the greatest features announced, called Single Sign-On, lets users sign in once to their TV provider in the Settings app instead of individually per app. This update is available today for developers and is coming this fall to the public.
- 2 million apps on App Store
- 130 billion app downloads
- Apple has paid over $50 billion to developers
- four platforms: iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS
- this year is the 27th year of WWDC 2016
For the next week, developers will be at the developers conference to learn how to design their apps to work with the latest software updates and how to make better apps. The keynote kicks off the event for the rest of the week. The next Apple event will likely be held in September for the release of the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch 2.
It is that time of year again; a couple of days before Apple’s next special media event where we expect the company to reveal a plethora of new products. The Worldwide Developer’s Conference kicks off on Monday at 10am PDT with a keynote from Tim Cook and company about the latest software updates for iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV, Apple Watch, and Mac. Based on what we have heard so far, here are our expectations.
The tenth generation operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch is practically guaranteed to be announced next week. The major software update will bring many new features with a slightly refreshed user interface. For general updates we will see tweaks to icon designs, more colorful notifications, and the San Francisco font in every app. The Music app will be overhauled with more black and white colors, prominent album artwork, updated menu tabs, and 3D Touch shortcuts for the iPhone 6s/6s Plus. The Photos app will receive enhancements with more professional editing tools and Markup functionality. Siri will also be coming to third-party apps with a specially designed Siri SDK. Finally, the software will have a new encryption and security features to protect the data on it.
The iOS 10 update will be released to developers on Monday, to those in the public beta program in July, and to the general public in September.
watch OS and tvOS
The next software update for the Apple Watch (watchOS) and the Apple TV (tvOS) is practically guaranteed to be announced too; however, there have been no rumors about what the software will bring. Since the Apple TV (4th generation) and Apple Watch are relatively new products, we will likely see an update for both that polishes their systems. I hope that the Apple Watch will, at the very least, get an update in speed for looking at Glances and opening some apps.
The watchOS and tvOS updates will be released to developers on Monday and to the general public in September.
The next generation operating system for Mac is underway with the biggest features being around the new branding and Siri. Apple has accidentally leaked several times that they will be changing the name from “OS X” to “macOS” or “MacOS.” They have used both names on their website. The actual name for the software is currently unknown, but it will likely be something from Yosemite National Park. This falls in line with other previous OS names, like “Yosemite” and “El Capitan.” Additionally, Siri will be coming to the Mac with the same capabilities she currently has on the iPhone.
The macOS (or MacOS) update will be announced and released to developers on Monday, released to those in the public beta in July, and then available for download for everyone else in the fall.
Apple is steadily bringing new banks and credit unions to their quick payment system. In the United States, we usually see support from twenty to sixty new financial institutions every month. Recently KFC has announced that it will now accept Apple Pay as payment. The next step of Apple is to further incorporate this into their apps like Safari and Messages. In Safari, users will be able to pay for purchases online with Apple Pay instead of entering in their credit card information. Additionally, the Messages app may be updated with person-to-person payments. Both of these have been rumored to be a part of the Apple Pay update, but they may not be announced on Monday.
Apple Smart Speaker (name?)
Apple is rumored to be working on their own version of Amazon’s Echo smart home speaker to be used with Siri. It will control many of your home’s functions, like adjusting the lighting, with HomeKit-compatible hardware and software. It may also house a camera that will detect who is in the room around it using facial recognition and use this information to select the person’s preferences like favorite music or playlists. Rumors originally suggested that it would be announced at the Worldwide Developer’s Conference with a release either in late 2016 or early 2017, but many sources have confirmed it will not be at the event.
Apple Watch 2
The second generation Apple Watch is currently in development and is planning to be announced/released this year. We are expecting a watch that is not dependent on the iPhone for functionality, a 20% to 40% thinner design, a front camera, and models made of new materials (perhaps tungsten or platinum.) Rumors have also suggested that it will have a cellular chip or a Wi-Fi chip inside so it would not need the iPhone for connecting to the Internet.
The next generation iPhone is expected to be announced this year with the same overall design as its predecessor, the iPhone 6s. The phone will have less antenna lines on the back with no headphone jack and a thinner Lightning port. Additionally, the camera module will further differentiate the smaller, 4.7″ iPhone, from the larger, 5.5″ iPhone. The smaller phone will have a single camera and the larger phone will have a dual camera. Both phones will be powered by the A10 processor, have more RAM, and a higher starting storage capacity of 32GB.
Apple TV Internet Streaming Service
The Internet TV streaming service was expected to be announced alongside the Apple TV 4th generation in September 2015, but it was not ready yet. The service was rumored to be available for $30-$40 per month and come with about twenty-five channels from major networks. Nearly a year after the expected announcement date, the streaming service has not been announced but it is still rumored to come eventually. While it is not likely we will see it on Monday, I wanted to briefly mention it since it was also a part of our WWDC 2015 keynote expectations.
The Worldwide Developer’s Conference will kick off at 10am PDT, or 1pm EST, in California and it will be live-streamed for all to watch. To add it to your calendar and watch it, click here.
Just when we thought we knew everything about Apple’s spring event…we didn’t. The iPad Air 3 won’t be called the iPad Air 3, the iPhone 5se won’t be called the iPhone 5se and now the date of the special event won’t even be held on March 15th. According to Re/Code and BuzzFeed, the event is planned for March 21st.
Citing sources with knowledge of Apple’s plans, BuzzFeed claims that Apple has decided on March 21st as the special day where they will announce the 9.7″ iPad Pro, iPhone SE and new bands for the Apple Watch. It is unclear if the event was ever scheduled for March 15th or if it was always March 21st, but now the plans are apparently solidified. BuzzFeed notes that this is the day before Apple is to stand on trial before the government in the San Bernardino iPhone case.
This event will also be smaller as compared to other events since no revolutionary products will be unveiled. The announcement will likely be held at Apple’s Town Hall in Cupertino, CA.
As we get closer to Apple’s spring event, the rumor mill has quieted down significantly because we have a good sense of what to expect. The iPhone 5se is a hybrid of the 5s, 6 and 6s while the iPad Air 3 is a miniature iPad Pro. In addition, Apple will show off new watch band designs, like a Space Black Milanese loop, for the Apple Watch. Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac says that his sources are still pointing towards Tuesday, March 15th as the announcement date and now they are saying Apple plans to release their new products a few days later on Friday, March 18th.
While a quick release for the watch bands is expected, Apple typically has a small waiting period between their announcement and release for new products. They typically use this time to allow their customers to pre-order their latest devices. If they are planning to show off the iPhone 5se and iPad Air 3 the same week as they become available for sale, then there won’t be any preorders. While we are unsure of Apple’s motivation for this, they likely aren’t expecting a huge rush of customers preordering/buying their devices, like we would see when a flagship iPhone is released (like the iPhone 7 in seven months.)
The iPhone 5se, as we mentioned, is a hybrid of the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s. It will have a 4-inch display like the iPhone 5s and the design of the iPhone 6. The phone will have a seamless transition from curved glass to a curved aluminum rear shell, antenna lines, a protruding camera and come in space gray, silver, gold and rose gold. The phone will also be powered by Apple’s A9 processor with embedded M9 co-processor, have Touch ID with a NFC chip for Apple Pay and Bluetooth 4.2. The iPhone 5se is expected to replace the iPhone 5s.
Finally, the iPad Air 3 is expected to be a miniature iPad Pro with an extra feature based on the leaked schematics we have seen. The iPad Air 3 will have four stereo speakers, a Smart Connector for Apple’s Smart Keyboard (and hopefully support for the Apple Pencil) and a rear LED flash, which would be the first for an iPad. Additionally, Apple is expected to reveal new bands for the Apple Watch. Currently more Apple Watch Sport band colors, a Space Black Milanese loop and NATO-style bands have been rumored. There may also be a new watch model announced.
The rumored special media event in March for the 4-inch iPhone, Apple Watch 2 and potentially the iPad Air 3 has some more details about it. According to a few posts by Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac, Apple is preparing to launch the iPhone 5se, new models and bands for the Apple Watch and an undisclosed product. As long as all they are all ready in time, Apple plans to hold the event.
Citing sources who have used the 4-inch iPhone, Gurman writes that Apple will be releasing an upgraded iPhone 5s called the “iPhone 5se.” The “se” stands for “special edition” in reference to the 4-inch screen size of the iPhone and upgraded specs. For the external design, we will see curved glass like the iPhone 6 and a rear shell made of aluminum in silver, space gray and rose gold colors. The internal specs of the phone will be borrowed from multiple generations of iPhone. The screen size and name, as we previously mentioned, will be adopted from the iPhone 5s. The phone will have the iPhone 6’s 8MP rear camera with support for larger panoramas and autofocus for video recording, an 1.2MP front camera, NFC chip for Apple Pay and the A8 and M8 processors. It will also have Bluetooth 4.2, VoLTE and 802.11ac Wi-Fi chips from the iPhone 6s. Finally, it has Live Photos, but no 3D Touch display. The iPhone 5se will be a hybrid device of the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s. It is currently in production with a planned release date of late March/early April.
Apple is also planning to launch new Apple Watch models at their special event. While we aren’t expecting a new generation of the smartwatch, Apple will be releasing new models with new band color options made out of more materials. They are working with other companies similar to Hermes that will design the bands. The watchOS 2.2 update will also be announced at the event and likely released. The second-generation Apple Watch is still coming this year, but it won’t be until the fall in early September.
With these new products coming, Apple is tentatively planning a special media event during the week of March 14th. They are hoping that an undisclosed product (like the iPad Air 3 or maybe Apple TV 5) will be ready in time for the event, and if so, they plan to move forward with it. If not, these products may just get an online announcement.