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Sept. 7th Event: Apple Announces iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2

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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.

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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.

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The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus come in five colors: rose gold, gold, silver, black, and jet black.


Apple Watch Series 2

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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.


Other Updates

iOS 10

The next-generation software update was announced today. It comes with several features and it is available on Tuesday, September 13th.

watchOS 3

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.

How to Watch Apple’s iPhone 7 Special Event Tomorrow

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Watch Apple unveil the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch 2 on your Mac, iPhone, or Apple TV.

Tomorrow, Apple will be hosting a special media event where they are expected to reveal the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch 2. Despite the similarity of the devices to their predecessors, this special event will not be an event you will want to miss. The event, as confirmed by Apple, will be live-streamed. The fun starts at 10am PDT (or 1pm for those of us on the East Coast) and ends roughly two hours later. Here is how to watch the iPhone 7 special event:


To watch the event on your Mac or PC, please go to www.apple.com/live. For your Mac, it must be running at least OS X 10.8.5 with Safari 6.0.5 or later. On your PC, you must be using Microsoft Edge with Windows 10. Any other software may not be compatible with Apple’s live streaming.


iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

To stream the event on your iOS device, please visit www.apple.com/live. Your device is required to be running at least iOS 7. This is a slight change from the WWDC Keynote which worked on older devices running iOS 6. To see what software you have on your device, go to the Settings app, General, and About. The number next to Version should be at least by 7.0, and if so, you are all set to stream.


Apple TV

There is a special dedicated channel on the Apple TV called “Apple Events” that will stream the keynote when the time is ready. If your Apple TV is a 2nd or 3rd generation, it is required to be running software at least 6.2. If you have the 4th generation Apple TV, any software version will stream the event.


Android or any other non-Apple devices

Unfortunately, this year’s September special media event will only be streamed on Apple products with the exception of the PC. If you have an Android device and still want to catch the announcements, you can view live blogs from those in attendance or watch your Twitter feed. Using Twitter is usually the best since pictures are posted immediately and from several angles when Apple announces something new.

Analyst expects upgraded Apple Watch “S” coming in March

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While we know that we will see the Apple Watch at Apple’s March special media event, what we will see, though, is currently in question. We previously reported that Apple is only planning to release new bands for the watch with a software update, but analyst Gene Munster believes we will also see hardware upgrades too.

Apple Watch announcement, credit: Forbes.com

Apple Watch announcement, credit: Forbes.com

In a new note to investors, via Business Insider, the analyst says we should “expect” the Apple Watch to adopt an upgrade cycle similar to the iPhone. Apple may update the hardware on the watch while retaining the same external design, like an S-series iPhone. When the iPhone 6s came out, it looked just like an iPhone 6 but had the 3D Touch display, a faster processor and better internal components. Munster argues that the watch will do something similar with a refresh of an upgraded processor and battery with new bands.

This is one way that Apple could solve the smartwatch upgrade cycle conundrum that’s been puzzling the industry for the last year. Will Apple Watch users who forked over $1,000 to $17,000 drop their device to upgrade to the latest one or will users adopt a two-year or even three-year upgrade cycle? Forbes previously proposed Apple could bring the iPhone Upgrade Program to the Apple Watch, which would allow users to trade in their current watch for the latest one.

Regardless of what Apple decides to do, we will definitely see an update to Apple Watch in one form or another in March. We will also see the iPhone 5se (the next update to the 4-inch iPhone) and the iPad Air 3 (a small iPad Pro).


Apple plans to host event in March 2016 for iPhone 6c and Apple Watch

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The long-rumored iPhone 6c and the second-generation Apple Watch now have a tentative announcement date according to inside sources who spoke with 9to5Mac. The sources claim that Apple is looking at March 2016 for their special media event, which would be the second year in row the company would be hosting a spring event.


Special Media Event invitation for March 2015

While the rumors suggest a second-generation Apple Watch next spring, the watch may be on a different cycle due to its higher-than-normal price. For those who spent $10,000 on the watch, they will likely not be ready to jump ship for the latest one even if it does come with more sensors and a camera. Rumors have indicated that Apple may be working on more models that fit into the price range of $1,000 to $10,000 since there’s a huge gap between the stainless steel Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition. Apple is also reportedly considering other casing materials, like tungsten, platinum and titanium. What’s more than likely is the watch is on a two-year cycle and Apple plans to release more models in the spring.

So at their rumored media event in March, Apple will likely announce the iPhone 6c and more models of the Apple Watch.