According to a source familiar with Apple’s plans for the iPhone 6s, AppleInsider has learned that Apple will be taking another page out of the Android playbook. The new iPhone will allow Siri to be activated with special keywords even when the device is unplugged.
The “Hey, Siri” feature, which was originally introduced on iOS 8, allows Siri to be activated with these keywords only when the iPhone is plugged in. According to this new rumor for the iPhone 6s, Siri can be enabled with or without the device being plugged in. Since this feature is absent from the iOS 9 beta versions and we don’t expect anymore to be released (except the GM version), then this is likely a hardware thing. Apple may have built hardware into the iPhone 6s that will allow the microphone to always be on without significantly draining the battery, similar to how Android’s “Ok Google” works.
At Apple’s special media event tomorrow, the long-rumored iPad Pro will finally be announced. This tablet, which is significantly larger than the iPad Air 2, will be a hybrid device between the iPad and Mac. The internal specifications and software will be similar to the iPad, but there will be exclusive features, pricing and accessory hardware that makes it comparable to the Mac.
Dimensions for iPad Pro
Apple’s new iPad, which will reportedly be called the “iPad Pro,” will have a much larger display with an all-new design and faster internal components. The iPad’s display, which is 12.9 inches, fits perfectly between the new 12-inch MacBook and 13-inch MacBook Pro display. The tablet will be 7.2mm thick with four stereo speakers and a single Lightning port. Apple added support to the tablet for a pressure-sensitive stylus and keyboard attachment which will either be available as a case or as a separate unit (similar to Apple’s current wireless keyboard.) Contrary to what some rumors have said, these accessories are optional and will not be included with the iPad. For internal components, the tablet is powered by the A9X processor with a Bluetooth and NFC chip on the inside. There will also be both Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + Cellular models available with the normal iPad colors: space gray, gold and silver. Finally, the iPad storage capacity will start at 64GB instead of the normal 16GB.
The iPad Pro will have significant advantages over the current iPad lineup due to its display size. It is reported that iPad will have support for multitasking with two full-sized portrait apps running side-by-side in addition to some other features. The iPad will also be released running iOS 9.1, which is expected to come out in October.
The announcement date for the iPad Pro is currently tomorrow, September 9th, while the pre-order date won’t be until October and the release date in late November. Pricing will obviously be higher than the iPad Air lineup with some cellular models going for more than $1,000.
Force Touch, which is the pressure-sensitive display on the Apple Watch and new MacBook trackpads, is rumored to be the flagship feature of the next-generation iPhone 6s. According to some sources, though, Apple won’t be calling it “Force Touch” since they have increased the amount of sensors in the technology. They will be changing the name to “3D Touch Display.”
According to sources familiar with the new iPhones, 9to5Mac reports that this new type of Force Touch display will have three sensors versus the two on the Apple Watch. It will differentiate between a touch, tap and a deep press by responding differently to each form of pressure. Since there are three dimensions of pressure, versus the Apple Watch’s two (tap and deep press), Apple plans to change its name from “Force Touch.”
The new display on the iPhone 6s will allow users to bypass menus depending upon how hard they press. A tap on a website link in the Mail app, for example, will open the webpage while a deep press will show a preview of the page. A deep press on a song in the Music app will open a quick menu of options, like Add to Playlist, Share, etc. Apple not only will allow the pressure-sensitive display to work with their apps, but this could open a whole new category of games. A tap on an accelerator in a car racing game could move the car slowly while a deep press could cause extreme acceleration. Or slight pressure when using a paintbrush in a drawing app could create a small line and a deep press could create a thick line. With three sensors in the new display, Apple will be able to completely change how their operating system works (over time) and how third-party apps function.
The new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are expected to be announced at Apple’s special media event tomorrow. They will also come with a 12MP rear camera, 4K video recording, a more responsive Touch ID sensor and the A9 processor.
The fourth generation Apple TV, like the iPhone 6s, is no longer a secret. This device has been in the works for years and finally we expect for it to be announced next week at Apple’s special media event. Besides a new form factor, we will see a redesigned user interface, completely revolutionary remote control, support for iOS functions and a price for under $200.
Apple TV concept by Martin Hajek
The new Apple TV will have a similar design for its body, like its predecessor, with a redesigned and more simplified remote control. The box will be slimmer, wider and primarily made of plastic. It will be powered by the A8 processor, which is the same processor in the iPhone 6, and have the much faster and efficient Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity. The storage capacity will be 8GB, like its predecessor, but Apple is considering a 16GB model as well. The back of the box will have the usual ports: power, HDMI connector and USB port for connecting to the Mac.
The dark gray/black metal remote control will be motion-sensitive similar to the Wii remote with multi-axis sensors and it will use Bluetooth to connect to the box. The controller will be thicker and bigger than the current remote with a touchpad on the top, two physical buttons (one is the Home button and the other is for Siri) on the bottom, rocker buttons for volume and a microphone for Siri. It may even have a headphone jack in it. In addition, Apple is opening up the platform by providing support for more complex and console-style remotes. Third-parties can create game controllers with more buttons and joysticks to interact with the content on the Apple TV.
Apple TV concept by Andrew Ambrosino
For the software of the Apple TV, there is a redesigned user interface with support for Siri, an App Store and home automation. The Apple TV will run a custom version of iOS 9 so it will feel consistent to the experience on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch when iOS 9 is released publicly this month. There will be a system-wide search bar that will allow users to find results from multiple apps. For example, searching for “The Office” will pull videos from YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, iTunes Store and more. In addition, the Apple TV will be receiving its own App Store. The software development kit (SDK) for developers will be available following the announcement so there will apps populating the App Store when the Apple TV is released next month. The box will support voice search, home automation and more through Siri. She will be activated using the special button on the remote, or likely by saying “Hey, Siri” (as hinted by the event invitation.) Finally, the Apple TV is rumored to have support for HomeKit, which will allow it serve as the central hub for home automation.
Apple TV concept by Andrew Abrosino
Besides offering on-demand TV and movies, the Apple TV is also rumored to have a streaming TV service. The service will initially have twenty-five channels which will be anchored by major networks and be available for about $30-$40 per month. This will unfortunately not be announced at the event next week as Apple is still in talks with programmers about their service so we anticipate the release date will either be later 2015, or more than likely, 2016. Apple is also reportedly exploring original TV and movie content that they may included in the future on the streaming service.
When the new Apple TV is announced next week, rumors suggest that Apple will be continuing to sell the third-generation Apple TV. This older model will be able to access the Internet TV streaming service when it’s released next year, but it will not have access to the App Store or Siri. The price will remain at $69, while the new Apple TV will be $149 and it will be released in October.
The iPhone 6s, which will be announced at Apple’s special media event next week, is no longer a secret. Parts have been leaked, analysts have given their research and inside sources have confirmed details over the past year. We know the technical specifications, the design, the new color option and all of the amazing flagship features.
Like last year’s iPhone event, Apple is planning on releasing two smartphones with varying display sizes. The iPhone 6s will have a 4.7″ display like the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6s Plus will have a 5.5″ display like the iPhone 6 Plus. The rear shell for these phones will be made of 7000 Series Aluminum with added reinforcement around the volume controls and Home button to prevent #bendgate from reoccurring. The phones will also be about 0.2mm thicker due to the Force Touch display, but this won’t be noticeable and it won’t prevent the phones from fitting into an iPhone 6 case.
The internal components of the phones, as expected, will be updated with faster processors, higher megapixel cameras and advanced functionality. The processor behind the new iPhone is the A9 system-on-a-chip which works with the M9 co-processor and 2GB of RAM. Apple switched out the LTE modem for Qualcomm’s new chip which supports up to 300 Mbps download speeds and up to 50 Mbps upload speeds. The rear camera will either have a 12MP or 13MP sensor with support for 4K video recording while the front camera will see support for flash lighting (the display turns white for a split second to act as the flash in low-light conditions), panoramic pictures and slow-mo video. The battery capacity will slightly decreased but only since iOS 9 and the more power efficient processor require less power than before. The battery life will not change. Finally, the storage capacity will continue to be 16GB, 64GB and 128GB.
The external design of the iPhone will be remaining the same. The phone will still have the lines on the back for the antennas, protruding camera and seamless transition from glass (not sapphire crystal) to aluminum. There will be a new color option that will be exclusive to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus and the only identifying feature that will show the phones are Apple’s new iPhone. They will be available in Rose Gold, which was first introduced on the Apple Watch. However, the color will be a blend of copper and gold on anodized aluminum, unlike the Apple Watch Edition’s actual rose gold case material. The front of display will be white, like the silver and gold options now.
The flagship feature for the iPhone 6s will be the Force Touch display, which is a pressure-sensitive technology on the touchscreen. It allows the phone to respond differently when it feels a light tap or a deep press on the display. The different pressures will allow the user to bypass certain menus. For example, a tap on a business in Maps will open details about the business while a deep press will automatically start turn-by-turn navigation. In addition, the phone will also feature animated wallpapers similar to the dynamic wallpapers introduced with iOS 7 and the jellyfish wallpapers available on the Apple Watch. Users will be able to choose between koi fish or color smoke arrays that will always be in motion.
As for the other phones currently on the market, Apple is planning on moving these around. The iPhone 5c, which was the first plastic iPhone, will be discontinued in favor of the iPhone 5s. The iPhone 5s will see a drop in its subsidized price to free, while the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will see price drops of $100. The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be on top with their normal subsidized price points of $199 and $299, respectively. The long-rumored iPhone 6c with a 4-inch display is not ready to ship and will be held off until a later date despite what this well-known leaker said on Twitter.
The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be announced on September 9th, 2015 with pre-orders starting on September 11th and the release date being September 18th.
This latest announcement completes tops off everything we have shared today. Apple has officially announced that they will be holding a special media event on September 9th, 2015. The invite, which was shared on Twitter by CNBC, has the tagline “Hey Siri, give us a hint.”
Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus with Force Touch display, iPad mini 4, redesigned Apple TV with new software, the release date of iOS 9 and potentially the iPad Pro as well.
With the iPhone 6s announcement coming in less than two weeks, leaked images and rumors have begun getting more frequent. We have already seen the front panel, logic board and slightly functioning phone this week, and now we have a look at the retail packaging and new animated wallpapers coming with iOS 9.
Retail packaging for the iPhone 6s Plus was originally dismissed as potentially fake since it couldn’t be confirmed due to the low resolution of the picture. However, after the rumors we have heard today, the packaging is appearing to be legitimate. The box confirms that Apple will be using the “iPhone 6s” naming scheme and they plan to update it to be less generic like the iPhone 6 packaging was. The iPhone 6 box read “iPhone” on the sides with the Apple logo, showed an embossed relief of the shape of the phone on front and white space on the top and bottom. The new packaging for the iPhone 6s shows an actual iPhone on the front with a black and gold butterfly koi wallpapers, the iPhone’s name on the right and left side and the Apple logo relocated to the top and bottom. The koi fish seen in the background is currently not a background available in iOS 9, but it’s rumored that this will be one of the new motion wallpapers released on the operating system in the fall.
“Generic” iPhone 6 retail packaging
Three sources have confirmed to 9to5Mac that the iPhone 6s will feature animated wallpapers like the Apple Watch. On the watch, users can choose between jellyfish, butterflies and flowers that are always in motion, similar to the bubbles wallpaper that was released with iOS 7. The new operating system will allow iPhone users select between arrays of smoke and koi fish in a pond. The fish and smoke will be animated and always in motion.
The iPhone 6s is expected to be announced at a special media event on September 8th. It will come with the more power efficient A9 processor, 12MP camera with 4K recording and Force Touch display.
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.
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.
In a new report by Buzzfeed News, the next major Apple event is supposedly planned for the week of September 7th with Wednesday being the date of the event. Citing sources familiar with Apple’s plans, Apple will be showing off the new iPhone 6s, Apple TV and iPad lineup.
The invitation for the iPhone 6 event last year
Buzzfeed News reports that Apple is currently aiming for September 9th as their next major announcement date. Typically Apple holds iPhone events following the end of the Back to School sale, but this year the iPad and iPhone do not qualify as part of the discount instead only certain Macs do. We calculated that Apple, based on previous years, would be holding the event on Tuesday, September 8th, which is the same Tuesday as last year minus a day. Buzzfeed says that will be pushing the announcement date to a Wednesday instead.
At the event, the iPhone 6s, 4th generation Apple TV and next-generations iPads will be announced. The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, which will have the same design as their predecessors, will have a 12MP rear camera, pressure-sensitive Force Touch display and be powered by the A9 processor in addition to other internal updates. The 4th generation Apple TV will feature a complete redesign in terms of hardware and software with a slimmer box, a touchpad remote and support for Siri and an App Store.
Leaked iPhone 6s rear shell, credit: 9to5Mac
Buzzfeed also says that Apple is currently planning on announcing the new iPads at the traditionally iPhone-only event. For the iPad mini 4, we expect it to mirror the iPad Air 2 with the A8 processor, thinner body and 8MP rear camera. This may also be the last generation of iPad mini before Apple discontinues it. Little is known about the iPad Air 3, but we figure Apple will retain the same design and update internal specifications. Sources tell Buzzfeed that the iPad Pro is a “wildcard” meaning it may or may not be announced at the event in September. It’s a new product for Apple since it will be the first tablet with a 12.9″ display, four stereo speakers and even—gasp—a stylus. It will also have a USB port in addition to its Lightning port.
If Apple is indeed planning to announce the iPad lineup in September, instead of their usual date of October, this event may be the last one of the year. We have already seen the Apple Watch, new Macs, new iPods and in September we will see the iPhones, iPads and Apple TV. What else is there?