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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.

“Great products” expected for 2016: iOS 10, Apple Watch 2, iPhone 7

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In a recent interview on CNBC’s Mad Money, Apple CEO Tim Cook teased that the company has “great products in the pipeline” and suggested that the new “iPhones” will be a great incentive to upgrade. Cook said something similar three years ago about the “great products” that were coming in 2014. This is the year that we saw the Apple Watch, iPhone 6, Apple Pay, and iPad Air 2 announced. So what exactly are these “great products in the pipeline?” What do we expect to see for the rest of the year?

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iOS 10

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iOS 10 concept by iPhoneInformer.com

The tenth-generation operating system is all but confirmed to be announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) next month in California. Apple has a history of announcing software updates at this event geared towards developers so they can prepare their apps to work on the major software update when it is released in the fall. Rumors for its features have been quite absence, but we are hoping for a complete redesign and overhaul of bug fixes since it is the tenth version. Current rumors suggest that Apple will be updating their Music app with reorganized tabs, a whole new user interface, and increased functions. The Music app will have 3D Touch display shortcuts for sharing music faster and previewing songs. Apple is also working on a person-to-person payment system with Apple Pay and this may be included in the update. Other rumors have indicated an all-new Photos app and iCloud Voicemail where Siri will be able to answer phone calls and transcribe voicemails.

We also expect watchOS and tvOS updates, which are for the Apple Watch and Apple TV, respectively.

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Apple Watch 2

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Apple Watch 2 concept with camera by Eric Huismann.

The second-generation Apple Watch is expected to be announced and released this year, hopefully the announcement being at WWDC. 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 WiFi chip inside so it can be independent of the phone. If the new watch is not announced at the conference, it should come along the iPhone 7 in September.

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iPhone 7

2016 Expectations

iPhone 7 concept by Martin Hajek

The next major numbered iPhone generation is upon us this year. Historically, Apple has refreshed the design when releasing an iPhone with a new number, but this year might be different since next year is the tenth anniversary of iPhone. Unfortunately it occurs on an “S” year and previously the company has only updated the internal components and added a flagship feature. Considering the iPhone 6 when it was released in 2014, it was a complete redesign from the iPhone 5s, and the iPhone 6s had a similar design to the iPhone 6 but came with a 4K video camera, 3D Touch display and added waterproofness. This would mean the ninth iPhone (this year) would have a complete redesign and the tenth (next year) would only have a minor update. Apple appears to be switching these to make this year a minor update and next year a complete overhaul of design.

The current rumors suggest the iPhone 7 will be available in the same sizes as the iPhone 6s (4.7″ and 5.5″) with the larger model coming with rear dual-camera, no headphone jack, a thinner Lightning port, and potentially the same body design as the iPhone 6s. It will be powered by the A10 processor, have more RAM, and a higher storage capacity of 256GB. Next year’s iPhone, however, may be a complete redesign with a shell made mostly of glass similar to the iPhone 4.

On a side note, the name of the iPhone is also unconfirmed. A recent blueprint suggested it would be called the “iPhone Pro” or perhaps Apple would just call it “iPhone”. Apple may also release three sizes of the new phone: 4.7″, 5.5″, and 5.8″. The latter may be a part of next year’s iPhone instead.



iPad mini 5 (7.9″ iPad Pro)

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iPad Pro compared to iPad Air 2 and iPad mini, by WSJ

Currently the rumors around the next-generation iPad mini is just speculation since it is likely that the table will be discontinued this year. We would like to see Apple take the iPad mini and make it part of the iPad Pro lineup. They could offer their Pro tablet lineup in 12.9″, 9.7″ and now 7.9″ display sizes. It could have four stereo speakers, a redesigned interior, a higher quality display, and support for the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard.

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Apple TV Streaming Service

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Apple was rumored all of last year to release an Internet streaming TV service similar to Sling alongside the 4th generation Apple TV in fall 2015. Unfortunately this did not happen because contracts were apparently not finalized. Hopefully we will see them release it this year. The Wall Street Journal reported over a year ago that the streaming service would initially be limited to twenty-five channels and be offered for $30 to $40 per month.



Apple announces iPhone SE, 9.7″ iPad Pro and new Apple Watch bands

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On Monday, Apple held their first special media event of the year where they announced the 4-inch iPhone SE, 9.7-inch iPad Pro and new bands for Apple Watch. The event, as stated by Tim Cook, will be one of the last special events to be held Apple’s Town Hall at their Cupertino Campus.

iPhone SE

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Apple announces the iPhone SE.

The iPhone SE is Apple’s next-generation 4-inch iPhone that replaced the iPhone 5s in their lineup. While it does have relatively the same external design as the iPhone 5s, it has very upgraded internal specifications that allow it to match the iPhone 6s in terms of performance and camera quality. With its A9 processor and M9 embedded coprocessor, 12MP rear camera, 4K video recording, Live Photos functionality and rose gold color, it is almost a miniature version of the iPhone 6s. The iPhone SE starts at $399 unsubsidized for 16GB, or free with a two-year contract. Pre-orders start Thursday, March 24th and it’s available Thursday, March 31st.

 

9.7″ iPad Pro

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Apple announces the 9.7″ iPad Pro.

The iPad Pro, which is said to be one of Apple’s best products that customers love, received an update in terms of size. In addition to the 12.9″ model which came out last fall, there’s a new 9.7″ model that is successor to the iPad Air 2. It has a higher-quality display that is less reflective and brighter, dual stereo speakers, the A9X processor, 12MP rear (protruding camera) with 4K video recording and a new LED flash and a 5MP front camera. The smaller iPad Pro starts at $599 for the 32GB Wi-Fi only model and, like the iPhone SE, pre-orders start on March 24th and it’s released March 31st.

For the first time ever, Apple is offering the iPad Pro (both sizes) in a 256GB configuration. This significantly larger storage size is also rumored for the iPhone 7.

 

Apple Watch

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Apple announces new bands for Apple Watch.

While we did not see a new Apple Watch model like many news outlets predicted, we did see a whole set of new bands and the Apple Watch Sport saw a price drop. There are now twenty-two different colors of the Sport band, with yellow, royal blue and apricot (light orange) added today, and seven colors of the new Woven Nylon band. It’s available in pink, blue, royal blue, red and black. The Apple Watch Sport now starts at $299 ($50 price decrease) for the 38mm model and $349 ($50 price decrease) for the 42mm model.

 

Other Updates

Apple released new software updates for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV and Apple Watch today. The iPhone, iPad and iPod touch can update to iOS 9.3 which has new features like Night Shift, password-protected Notes and better personalization in News. For the Apple TV, tvOS 9.2 is available with Siri remote dictation, app folders and iCloud Photo Library. The Apple Watch can also be updated to watchOS 2.2, which comes with an enhanced Maps app and support for multiple watch pairing. With the exception of the Apple Watch, all of these updates can be downloaded through the Settings app on their respective devices. The Apple Watch update can be downloaded via the Apple Watch app on iPhone.




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 Watch 2 coming with new camera, more models and will be less attached to iPhone

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On Thursday, sources familiar with Apple’s plans revealed to 9to5Mac that the second generation Apple Watch, which has been rumored to come out in 2016, will have a front camera, more advanced Wi-Fi chip, the same amount of battery life and be available in more models with other price points.

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The first generation Apple Watch lacked a camera even though the top smartwatches in the market, like Samsung’s Gear 2, featured a camera. Those familiar with Apple’s plans say that one of the current models they are considering for the second generation has a new video camera integrated in the top bezel. This would allow the Apple Watch to initiate FaceTime Video calls in addition to the FaceTime Audio calls it will be receiving in the watchOS 2 update this fall. The update will also allow developers to have access to other hardware parts, like the digital crown, so we expect the camera will be available to developers as well. This would allow for numerous pictures apps like Photo Booth, video messaging apps like Skype and more.

The second generation Apple Watch will have more functions due to its advanced Wi-Fi chip that doesn’t require the iPhone to constantly be connected to it. Although the iPhone will still be required for large content downloads, like software updates, the watch will be able to complete basic communication tasks like messaging or emailing without them passing through the iPhone first. In addition, the watch will use a special triangulation method through Wi-Fi to determine its location instead of relying on the iPhone’s GPS. This will speed up many of the functions since the watch will be directly talking to the Internet instead of talking to the iPhone and then the iPhone to the Internet.

For battery life, Apple has noticed that its users are satisfied with charging the Apple Watch every night. The battery power is enough to last the day and into the evening before it requires being charged. Based on studies they have conducted, most devices have at least thirty percent power left at the end of the day. Apple plans on retaining this for the second generation Apple Watch by keeping the same or slightly increasing the battery capacity.

Finally, Apple is looking into more price points for the Apple Watch so they can expand beyond the current prices of $350, $500-$1000 and $10,000+. They are specifically looking at designing watches that fit between the one thousand and the ten thousand dollar marks. The watches may have new casing materials or more advanced bands. Before the first Apple Watch was announced last year, it was rumored that one watch would have a casing made of platinum. Apple decided to go with gold, steel and aluminum, but they may be returning to platinum for the next generation. The source of our report proposed that Apple might be considering titanium or tungsten as well.

The Apple Watch 2 has been rumored to come out “sometime” in 2016, but we expect to see it in April. It’s not likely the watch would be pushed back to the fall since we expect to see the completely redesigned iPhone 7 at that time.

Apple Watch 2 coming “sometime” in 2016

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A new report by Korean news outlet MK News said that they have learned the next-generation Apple Watch will be launching “sometime in 2016” and LG will be sole manufacturer for its P-OLED displays. While it’s great to hear that Apple is staying with the P-OLED display from the first generation Apple Watch because of its flexibility and low-power consumption, I’m more excited about this report because it says that new watch is coming next year. This reveals two things about the Apple Watch.

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For starters, it shows that the Apple Watch is on a one-year cycle. This is important because those who didn’t buy the first generation will be able to buy the second one next year. Due to the high price of some models, i.e. Apple Watch Edition, some speculated that Apple would be on a two-year cycle since people are less likely to buy a new watch every year. Fortunately, that’s not the case, although we don’t know which model Apple is updating or when it’s coming out, but we know it will be “sometime” next year.

It also shows that there’s a second generation coming. Historically, when Apple reveals new products, like the first iPad or first iPhone, the second generation is always thinner, has a better design and of course sees internal improvements. Think about the iPad to the iPad 2, the iPhone to the iPhone 3G, the iPad Air to the iPad Air 2; always thinner and better. We expect the same for the Apple Watch to the Apple Watch 2. I anticipate we will see something thinner and lighter, packed with more sensors and hopefully a better repairability score from iFixit.

As of this point, I expect to see the Apple Watch 2 in April 2016. The first generation came out in the spring and the second generation will probably as well.

SourcesTechnoBuffalo