In late summer, the KGI Securities analyst Kuo reported that Apple is planning to unveil the iPad Pro 2 in three sizes next year. A new report from Japanese blog Macotakara agrees with the previous rumors and adds more details from their reliable sources.
According to the report, there will be three new iPad Pro 2 models released in the early 2017. The first will be the successor to the iPad mini with a 7.9″ screen size. Many have wondered if Apple would be announcing a new iPad mini or discontinuing the line since it has been over a year without any updates. The mini’s also seemed to be updating more slowly than Apple’s other iPads. (more…)
While many people who pre-ordered the iPhone 7 are still waiting for their phone to be shipped, the focus turns to next year’s iPhone. 2017 will be the tenth anniversary of iPhone and Apple is expected to do something big. According to KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo, the new Phone will have a complete redesign and new name.
Citing supply chain sources, Kuo wrote a new note to investors about the 2017 iPhone and its redesign. The phone is likely to be called the ‘iPhone 8’ due to its new design that is unlike the previous iPhone 6 series. It will have an all-glass casing that is more durable and scratch resistant with high gloss. It will be similar to the jet black iPhone 7 except it will not be vulnerable to micro-scratches.
During the Apple’s summer event for developers, they introduced thenext software versionfor the Apple Watch which included a new Breathe app. It is responsible for calming the user’s mind during the day by reminding them to take a moment to focus on breathing. This app, which is another step towards the health industry, is not the only one Apple is planning to release.
According to a report fromBloomberg, Apple is working on new health apps for the Apple Watch that will track and analyze more data. People familiar with the matter who spoke to Bloomberg said there is a sleep-tracking app in the works. There is also an app that measures the time it takes for the heart rate to slow from its peak to the normal resting level. Both of these apps would not require any special hardware and can already work on the Apple Watch.
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.
Fully functional iPhone 7 rear shell design, credit: Sina
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
Apple Watch, credit: Apple
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.
All-new Music in iOS 10 from WWDC 2016
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 Apple Watch running watchOS 3 from Apple website
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 new tvOS has a Dark Mode so the background is no longer blinding you when watching TV before bed from Apple website
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.
The Lightning to Headphone Jack adapter to connect to the new iPhone 7, credit: Tinhte.vn
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 rumored 10.5″ iPad Pro will fit nicely between the 9.7″ (on the left) and 12.9″ (on the right), credit: Laptop Magazine
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
A collection of iPad minis from Apple website
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
Apple TV concept for 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.
Dummy units for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, credit:
A few days before the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus announcement date, a new report surfaces by KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo that details everything about the iPhone 7. The processor, RAM, and storage sizes will all be upgraded, the camera, the design will be improved and there will be five colors available.
For the internal performance of the iPhone 7, Kuo suggests an upgraded A10 processor, increased RAM, and new storage tiers. The A10 processor will be a SoC (system-on-a-chip) like the Apple Watch. It will drastically increase the speed and performance of the phone. The iPhone 7 is expected to retain 2GB of RAM like the iPhone 6s, but the iPhone 7 Plus will have 3GB of RAM. Additionally, Apple is dropping the 16GB (finally!) and 64GB storage tiers. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will come in 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB.
Leaked SIM card tray for iPhone 7 show piano black, silver, dark black, rose gold, and gold colors.
The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will be available in five colors, but there will not a blue version this year. Apple is keeping the gold, rose gold, and silver colors for their lineup. The space gray will be replaced by two colors: a darker space gray that may be called ‘dark black’ and a glossy black called ‘piano black.’ SIM card trays for the new colors were leaked this past week. The glossy black one reminds me of the iPhone 3G. Perhaps Apple is preparing us for the tenth anniversary of iPhone next year by going back to one of the first iPhone colors.
There will also be upgrades in the display for the new iPhones and their sensors. While the screen sizes and resolutions will remain the same, the displays will render wide-color imagery like the iPad Pro 9.7″. The proximity sensor, which causes the screen to go black and the touchscreen to shut off when on a phone call, will switch to a laser. This will allow the sensor to be more accurate and faster with longer recognition distances. It will also support hand-waving gestures.
As rumored, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have rear camera upgrades. Both camera sensors will still be 12MP, but the aperture and lens size will increase. The iPhone 7 Plus will also have a second camera that will increase the image quality. One of the cameras will be a wide-angle camera while the other will be a telephoto camera and they will both use optical zoom. Also, the new phones will have optical image stabilization, which was previously only available on the Plus series. There is a new flash near the camera that will house four LED lights (two cool and two warm) for a better True Tone flash.
The report continues with Apple’s plans for removing the headphone jack. This will create extra space in the phone which Apple plans to fill with a better Force Touch recognition system and an amplifier. The phone will appear to have a dual speaker system with two sets of speaker grills, but there will only be one speaker. The amplifier will carry music from the main speaker out both grills.
Apple will include new Lightning-powered EarPods in every box along with a Lightning to Headphone Jack adapter. This will allow those with normal headphones to connect them to the new iPhone 7.
Finally, Kuo concludes with the long-rumored waterproof capabilities of the iPhone. The iPhone 7 will be waterproof with an IPX7 rating, which means the phone can be submerged in up to one meter of water for thirty minutes. This is same rating the Apple Watch has.
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be announced on Wednesday at a confirmed special event. Pre-orders for the phones is expected to start on Friday, September 9th and then they will be released on either Friday, September 16th or September 23rd.
While the best confirmation of rumors is an actual announcement by Apple, the next best thing is official paperwork filed by the company. A new document was leaked this week that shows Apple’s regulatory filings with the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC). The document reveals new wireless headphones, two new iPhone models, and ten new Apple Watch models.
Regulatory filings indicate new wireless headphones called ‘EarPods,’ two iPhone models, and ten Apple Watch models. Credit: AppleInsider
Apple filed the paperwork earlier last week, but the Russian website Mobiltelefon.ru (via AppleInsider) did not discover it until this week. The documents were filed with the EEC, which is the main regulatory body for Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia. They filed for certification with wireless headphones called “AirPods,” two iPhones with model numbers A1784 and A1778, and three sets of Apple Watch models for a total of ten.
Concept for AirPods, credit: Miroslav Majdak
“AirPods” is likely the name Apple has chosen for their rumored wireless EarPods. Since the iPhone 7 will not have a headphone jack, the phone will rely on Bluetooth and its Lightning port for audio. Apple is rumored to be working on two sets of headphones under their name (versus until their Beats by Dr. Dre brand). The first will connect with Bluetooth, which are likely the registered “AirPods,” while the other will connect with Lightning. Apple will include one of them in the box and list the other for sale. Rumors have gone back and forth as to which one goes where, though.
Apple has also registered two new iPhone model numbers, A1784 and A1778. These will correspond to the iPhone 7 models, with one for the iPhone 7 and the other for the iPhone 7 Plus. This confirms that only two models will be announced, not three as previously rumored. The model numbers also follow Apple’s system with “A” as their identifier and first two numbers indicating the year of announcement. While they do not correspond to the numbered year (i.e. 16 for 2016), all devices released have the same number. The iPhone SE, for example, was launched in spring 2016 and its model number starts with “A17.” Additionally, the registered numbers do not correspond to any current iPhone generation.
Finally, the document indicates three groups of Apple Watch models for a total of ten. This could correlate to the three Apple Watch versions: Sport, stainless steel, and Edition. Two of the versions will be updated with four new models, while the other version will only have two new models. Apple is likely not expanding the $10K+ Edition with four new watches, so these are meant for the Sport and stainless steel versions. The company is expected to re-introduce the first-generation Apple Watch with an improved processor and a second-generation model with a GPS, barometer, and better battery next week.
Apple just confirmed the rumored special event planned for September 7th. It will be held at 10am PT (or 1pm ET) at the Bill Graham Civic Center in San Fransisco. The company is expected to announce the iPhone 7, Apple Watch 2, and release date for iOS 10. Also, the event will live-streamed; mark your calendars here.
Apple just announced their next special media event, which will take place on September 7th at 10am PT.
The iPhone 7 is expected to have a similar design to the iPhone 6s sans the headphone jack. Like its predecessor, the phone will have a curved aluminum rear shell that transitions to a curved front glass display. The antenna lines on the back will be limited to the top and bottom edges, the rear camera will be larger and closer to the left side, and the Home button will be upgraded from a physical button to a tactile button. There will only be one rear camera on the iPhone 7, but the iPhone 7 Plus will have a dual rear camera system. The physical Home button on both phones will be removed in favor of a tactile button that uses haptic feedback like the 3D Touch display on the iPhone 6s. With a press, it will simulate the sensation of pressing a button, but the mechanism will not move. This increases the water resistance of the iPhone since there are less gaps for water to seep into.
Dummy units for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, credit:
Additionally, the iPhone is rumored to come in new storage sizes and colors. Apple is finally dropping the 16GB storage size for the entry-level model. Instead, the iPhone 7 will start at 32GB and may have storage options up to 256GB. The iPhone will come in rose gold, gold, silver, space gray, and a new darker space gray perhaps called ‘space black.’ The phone may also come in a deep blue color similar to the 6th generation iPod touch. The phone should be available for sale on either September 16th or 23rd, with pre-orders starting September 9th.
In the absence of the headphone jack, the iPhone will rely on Bluetooth and its Lightning port for audio. Apple is expected to include a special adapter in the box for regular wired headphones. Pictures of the adapter were leaked and look similar to the 30-pin-to-Lightning adapter that was for sale when the iPhone 5 was released. The company may also include a special version of EarPods that are wireless and release new Lightning-powered EarPods.
The Apple Watch 2 will look similar to the current Apple Watch will a better processor and larger battery.
Apple is also expected to announce the second-generation Apple Watch. The watch will look similar to the first-generation, but it will have a larger battery, more powerful processor, and GPS. The new watch is still going to be dependent on the iPhone, but it will use GPS to track distance and speed. The current Apple Watch is tethered to the iPhone for the majority of its functions, including tracking location. The Apple Watch may come out in either September or October.
Finally, Apple will announce the release date for the new iOS 10 software update. It comes with many new features like an updated look to the Lock screen, Notification Center, and Messages. It also has many more functions for 3D Touch.
In two weeks, the next-generation iPhone is expected to be announced with the same overall design as the iPhone 6/6s series. The phone will not have a headphone, a small rear camera, nor will it have the same antenna design. However, the phone will have the familiar curved aluminum case that meets curved glass. The front of the phone will also look similar with thick top/bottom bezels, thin side bezels, and other features. New images of the alleged box for the new phone have surfaced. They claim to show Apple may be retaining the ‘6’ in the name for ‘iPhone 6 SE.’
Packaging for ‘iPhone 6 SE’ leaked, which may be Apple’s next iPhone, credit: 9to5Mac
Instead of the long-rumored and expected name of ‘iPhone 7’ for the next iPhone, the box shows ‘iPhone 6 SE.’ Before we immediately dismiss it as fraudulent, I wanted to propose a case as to why Apple would choose such a name. For starters, Apple released the iPhone SE in the spring, which is an updated version of the iPhone 5s. It has the same specs of the iPhone 6s, but in a 4-inch screen size. It allows customers who like the smaller screen size to upgrade without getting a much larger phone. It was rumored to be called the ‘iPhone 5 SE’ but Apple dropped the number from the name. Releasing a second ‘SE’-branded iPhone would not be crazy for Apple to do. The iPhone SE is an upgraded iPhone 5s with subtle design changes and internal upgrades. The new iPhone will be the iPhone 6s with design changes and internal upgrades as well. Using an ‘SE’ name would make sense for this year’s iPhone.
Additionally the naming scheme of ‘SE’ for this year’s iPhone compared to next year’s iPhone would make more sense. This year’s phone will look similar to its past predecessors (iPhone 6 and 6s) while next year’s will be a complete redesign. It would be much easier for Apple to announce this phone as ‘iPhone 6 SE’ and next year’s redesign as ‘iPhone 7.’ Instead, the rumors suggest this year will be ‘iPhone 7’ and next year is ‘iPhone 8.’ The rumors completely ignore an ‘7s’ line, Apple’s history of redesigning every major number generation, and the new three-year cycle they are supposedly following. Earlier this year it was reported that Apple will be slipping back to a three year cycle instead of their regular two year. This means every three years there will be a completely redesigned iPhone, instead every two years. Apple currently uses the following naming scheme: ‘iPhone #’ (ex: iPhone 6, major redesign) and ‘iPhone #s’ (ex: iPhone 6s, upgrade internal specs.) The company could, then, add ‘iPhone #SE’ to the end for the third year. It would have an upgraded design with upgrade specs. Apple would then change the number and cycle through it again.
The ‘iPhone 6 SE’ packaging cannot be easily discredited since the name actually makes sense, credit: 9to5Mac
Other blogs who have reported the leaked box wrote it off as fake or Photoshopped, but I took a closer look to dispute their claims. Looking at the side of the packaging where ‘iPhone 6 SE’ is written, the ‘SE’ may appear to be off-center. However, the ‘iPhone 6 SE’ writing is perfectly centered on the side of the box. There is the same amount of spacing between ‘iPhone’ as there is to the ‘6’ and the ‘6’ to the outline of ‘SE’ box. Also, the ‘SE’ box is larger in height than the ‘6’ but it is the same extra height on both the top and the bottom. On the back of the box there are spacing issues, but most of the Chinese writing matches up the iPhone SE box. Also, there is a new model number listed for the iPhone (A1758) that does not match with any of Apple’s other phones and it follows the same pattern. The ‘A’ is Apple’s identifier that is on all their products and the ’17’ corresponds to the year of announcement. While it does not specific the year, it does identify with other products that were announced the same year. For example, the iPhone SE came out this year with model number ‘A1723.’
While the box may be fraudulent or unlike Apple to do, the name of this year’s iPhone cannot be discredited immediately because of a leaked box. The ‘iPhone 6 SE’ name lines up with the name of previously release products, it would continue the new three-year cycle, and the packaging is accurate in a few places. If it was Photoshopped, the designer would likely not spend as much attention to detail as I did in writing this post. If it was Photoshop, I would expect more sloppiness and less accuracy.
Apple’s next iPhone is expected to be announced in only two weeks at a special media event. The phone will be announced alongside the second-generation Apple Watch and the release date for iOS 10.
The second-generation Apple Watch, which is expected to be called the ‘Apple Watch 2’, will apparently not have all the features previously rumored. Reports had hoped the watch would be not be dependent on the iPhone, but this won’t happen with this generation. According to a new post by Bloomberg, there are technological limitations that will prohibit Apple from making the watch completely independent.
Citing people with knowledge of Apple’s plans, Bloombergreports the Apple Watch 2 will not have a cellular chip. It will instead use GPS which uses less power and only tracks location. The cellular chip would have allowed the watch to use its own data plan without requiring an iPhone for connection to the Internet. This, however, uses much more battery power and battery life is already an issue. Future generations of the Apple Watch will likely have a cellular chip, but Apple has tabled the idea until they can find one that uses less power.
In place of the cellular chip, Apple will install a GPS chip which will track location. It will be more accurate in following fitness activities, calculating speed and distance, and not require the iPhone to always be nearby. Running would be so much easier with only the Apple Watch for tracking instead of the Apple Watch and the iPhone.
Previous reports also indicated that the watch would have an advanced Wi-Fi chip. This would allow the watch to be connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi without being in Bluetooth range of the iPhone. The watch could use email, messages, and show notifications without an iPhone. Plus GPS and Wi-Fi would better triangulate the user’s position instead of GPS alone.
The Apple Watch 2 is still on track to be announced at Apple’s rumored event on September 7th. It will have a similar design with a more powerful SoC processor, barometer, and better waterproofing.
With Apple’s rumored special event fast approaching, the name of the next-generation iPhone and the release date is in question. There have been reports suggesting the name and release date, but they have not been confident in their findings. Two reliable leaks have come forward with details about the iPhone with more details that may be trustworthy.
iPhone 7 mockup in rumored “space black”, credit: @The_Malignant
Citing “reliable sources,” Japanese blog Macotakara claims the new iPhone will be called ‘iPhone 7’ and ‘iPhone 7 Plus.’ This squashes the rumor that Apple would be retaining the ‘6’ in the name for ‘iPhone 6SE‘ because of its similar design. It also discards the rumor of Apple adding ‘Pro’ to the iPhone name. Additionally, the report confirms that the iPhone 7 will have the A10 processor, a tactile Home button, and come in five colors. Macotakara previously suggested a “space black” and a deep blue color, which could two of the five colors.
AT&T leak reveals September 9th and 23rd as potential dates for iPhone 7, credit: 9to5Mac
The second leak comes in the form of a retail schedule from AT&T that details the days for resetting merchandise. It claims that both September 9th and 23rd will be reset days, which is the season of the iPhone release. This suggests the 9th as the iPhone 7 pre-order date (rumored), and the 23rd as the release date (one week later than rumored.) 9to5Mac also reports that store managers were informed that a major phone would be released to carriers on September 23rd. The next-generation iPhone is usually released on a Friday so a release date of either Historically Apple has released a new iPhone on a Friday so either the phone is coming out on the 16th or the 23rd.
The iPhone 7 is expected to look very similar to the iPhone 6/6s series with an aluminum rear shell, antenna lines on the back, and a rear protruding camera. The phone will likely be announced alongside the Apple Watch 2 at the rumored event on September 7th.