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Expectations for Sept. 7th Special Event: new iPhones, Apple Watch 2, and More

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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.

iPhone 7

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Fully functional iPhone 7 rear shell design, credit: Sina

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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

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Apple Watch, credit: Apple

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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.




 

Software Updates

iOS 10

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All-new Music in iOS 10 from WWDC 2016

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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.

 

watchOS 3

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The Apple Watch running watchOS 3 from Apple website

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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.

 

tvOS

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The new tvOS has a Dark Mode so the background is no longer blinding you when watching TV before bed from Apple website

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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.

 

New Accessories

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The Lightning to Headphone Jack adapter to connect to the new iPhone 7, credit: Tinhte.vn

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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

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The rumored 10.5″ iPad Pro will fit nicely between the 9.7″ (on the left) and 12.9″ (on the right), credit: Laptop Magazine

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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

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A collection of iPad minis from Apple website

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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

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Apple TV concept for Internet Streaming Service

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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.

 

Other Updates

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.

Expectations for WWDC 2016: iOS 10, watch OS, tvOS, Apple Pay

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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.

iOS 10

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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.



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watch OS and tvOS

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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.

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OS X

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Expectations for WWDC 2016

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.

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Apple Pay

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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?)

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Apple Speaker concept, credit: @JRESHOW on YouTube

Expectations for WWDC 2016

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.

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Apple Watch 2

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Apple Watch 2 concept, credit: Eric Huissman

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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.



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iPhone 7

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iPhone 7 concept, credit: Martin Hajek

Expectations for WWDC 2016

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.

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Apple TV Internet Streaming Service

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Expectations for WWDC 2016

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.

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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.

What to expect for Apple’s September and October events

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In the upcoming fall season, Apple is expected to hold two special media events to announce the new iPhones, iPads and Apple TV. Rumors have pointed to September for the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6c, Apple TV and iPad mini 4, while the iPad Pro and other Mac products will be shown off in October. Based on all these rumors, here’s what we expect in the coming months.

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The first special media event date, which was leaked by Buzzfeed News as September 9th, we will see the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6c, Apple TV and iPad mini 4. The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will have the same design as their predecessors, but they have the new pressure-sensitive Force Touch display, 12MP rear camera, A9 processor and other updated internal components.  As for the iPhone 6c, it will be an iPhone 5s/iPhone 6 encased in a plastic housing. The phone will have a 4″ display and be powered by the A8 processor, come with Touch ID and the dual-LED flash with 8MP camera. The fourth generation Apple TV will have a slimmer body with new touchpad remote. It will run a special version of iOS 9 with a full App Store and have support for Siri and HomeKit. Finally, the iPad mini 4 is uncharacteristically rumored to be announced at the September event. It will come with a fully laminated display like the iPad Air 2, be powered by the A8 processor and have an 8MP rear camera.

Typically the iPad mini is announced alongside the iPad Air in October, but the iPad Air 3 will be coming out in 2016 and the iPad mini only received an incremental update last year so it’s time for something more significant. The announcement date for the mini has been moved to September. Apple will still be holding a special event in October, but it will primarily be focused on the iPad Pro and Mac.

At Apple’s October event, the long-rumored iPad Pro, which is a hybrid device between Mac and iPad, and news Macs will be announced. The iPad Pro has a 12.9″ display and will likely be the star of Apple’s event. It will be powered by the A9 processor, come with Bluetooth and NFC, feature a Force Touch display and come with an optional stylus. It’s currently a “wildcard” for the September event, but more than likely, Apple will keep it until October when they have more time to tell everyone about their latest creation.

Expectations for WWDC 2015 Keynote: iOS 9, Apple Music, Apple Pay international expansion

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This year’s second major special media event, which kicks off the Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) on June 8th, will be primarily focused on the next-generation operating systems for Mac and iOS. Rumors have suggested that we may also see the fourth generation Apple TV with Internet TV streaming service, Apple Music with Spotify-like unlimited streaming and Apple Pay expanding to more countries. Without further ado, here’s everything we expect in terms of iOS for WWDC 2015.

iOS 9

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The ninth generation operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is guaranteed to be present at Monday’s event. At every previous WWDC keynote, Apple announced the next-generation operating system for iOS and this year is not expected to be any different. Especially since the entire week is designed for developers to get a feel for the new operating system and how to improve their apps. We don’t expect any major design overhauls, mostly just improvements, bug fixes and a handful of new features. For the features, we will see a new Home application that will be the control center for all smart home accessories (HomeKit), support for train, bus and subway navigation in the Maps application, a new system-wide font called San Fransisco, a new Siri interface with more colors like the Apple Watch and much more.

The major iOS update will be released to developers immediately and to public beta testers probably about two weeks later.

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Apple Music (with iOS 8.4)

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In addition to the all-new Music app that will come out with the release of iOS 8.4, Apple is working on a new Spotify-like music streaming service. The service will allow users to stream any music that is available on the iTunes Store any time they want for a monthly subscription price of $9.99. A trial period of one to three months will also be announced at WWDC to entice users to switch from Spotify to Apple Music. The service will come with a social aspect called Artist Activity that will allow listeners to follow their favorite artists, view exclusive content, find tour dates and more.

The all-new Music app in iOS 8.4 is expected to be released in the last week of June.

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Apple Pay

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Apple’s virtual payment service, which came out in October 2014, will see updates at the conference next week. Since there are now more than 300 supporting institutions in the United States and as of March, over 700,000 stores accept the service, we expect Apple to brag about the latest numbers. We also expect that Apple will announce Apple Pay’s international expansion with Canada likely being the first country outside the United States. The United Kingdom and China are also rumored to be in talks with Apple about using the payment service, but these might not be announced on Monday. In addition, Apple will announce their new rewards program that will incentivize users with perks for using the payment service.

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Apple Watch

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The Apple Watch came out in April exclusively online with an enormous amount of support and quickly sold out. The Apple Watch will be hitting store shelves soon and at the end of the month, it will be available in several more countries. Apple will definitely give us numbers about the success the Apple Watch has seen. A new Apple Watch software development kit (SDK) will be announced that will allow developers to create native apps that don’t require the iPhone. Currently apps are created on the iPhone first and extensions are displayed on the watch. These new apps will work without the iPhone. In addition, the apps will be able to use the watch’s sensors instead of relying on the paired phone’s sensors.

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Apple TV with Internet TV Streaming Service

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For several months leading up to WWDC, the redesigned fourth generation Apple TV and Internet TV streaming service were both expected to be announced at the conference, but they are apparently not ready yet. The new Apple TV will come with a slimmer box, redesigned and more tactile remote, support for Siri and an App Store in addition to the Internet TV streaming service. The service would be available for $30-$40 per month and come with about twenty-five channels from major networks. Apple is still in talks with some networks so they plan to hold off until everything is ready in the fall.

Although this most recent report came from The New York Times and they are very credible, we are not ready to let go of this just yet. We expect to at least see the Apple TV at the event in one form or another so that’s why we didn’t completely write it off.

SourcesMacRumors, 9to5Mac, The New York Times

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