There are less then twenty-four hours left until Apple’s big reveal of the products they have been working on all year long. This will be their first special event of the year where they will unveil new hardware, like the next-generation iPhone and first wearable product. Here’s a quick guide of what we expect:
The eighth-generation iPhone, which will most likely be called the “iPhone 6″, is expected to be the main star of the event tomorrow. This phone will be getting some major internal improvements in addition to a complete external redesign. It’s predecessor, the iPhone 5s, is rumored to have inspired the rear casing. Other popular Apple products, like the iPad, iPod touch and iPhone 5c all have been thought to inspire the design too. One model of the iPhone 6 will have a 4.7″ display while the other one will have a 5.5” display. It is worth noting that the larger phone may be suffering from production issues and may actually not be shown off at the event.
Release Date: September 19th, 2014
For full expected specifications, check out our final rumor roundup.
Tim Cook first announced to the world last year that Apple will be creating a product in a new category this year. All the rumors have suggested that the company has been investing their time looking into the wearables category. Their smart watch, which is thought to either be called the “iWatch” or “iBand”, is expected to be fashionable, work very closely with the iPhone 6 and be a fitness accessory. The watch will contain about ten or more sensors that will collect data about the user and transmit it to the new Health app via NFC. Due to the lack of leaks and continuous rumors about production delays, Apple will most likely announce the iWatch to us, but it won’t be made available for a few months. They did something similar last year with the completely redesigned Mac Pro.
Release Date: January 2015
For more information about the rumored tech specs, follow this link to our final rumor roundup.
iOS 8 Release Date
The eight-generation operating system for the iPhone, iPad and iPod was announced to us at Apple’s keynote on the first day of their developer’s conference. This new system will not be an overhaul in design like iOS 7 was, but it will give us a lot of new features, some new applications and a better experience. We have compiled a small list of below of the major features of iOS 8:
- Photos stored in iCloud library
- New Snapchat-like features in Messages
- More customizations, like third-party keyboards that work in every app
- Health app, where all your fitness and health apps can store data about you
- Interactive notifications
- Shazam integration with Siri for song identification
- Smarter spotlight search
Apple will summarize their newest operating system at their event and likely give us a release date for sometime in the coming weeks. It will be made available to the public before the iPhone 6 is released on September 19th.
New Mobile Payment Plan – “iWallet”
Apple has been reportedly working with major banks, like Capital One and Bank of America, in addition to large credit card companies, like VISA and MasterCard, and retailers, like CVS and Walgreens, to design a new payment plan. With a lot of features already set in place, Apple could create their own payment system. The iTunes Store has nearly one billion accounts on file, which translates to nearly a billion credit cards stored. Touch ID would replace traditional passwords so users can purchase content on their phone. The iPhone 6 will likely use its new NFC technology in conjunction with the Passbook app to allow customers to use their stored information to make purchases at brick-and-mortar stores (similar to PayPal).
Additional Security Measures
If Apple is working on a payment plan to use in conjunction with Touch ID and Passbook, more security measures would be needed to make sure customer information stays safe. Plus after the recent iCloud hack, Apple will likely bring up what additional steps they have taken to protect their customers. We are not sure about what the mobile payment plan will be like, but it probably will store customer information like credit card numbers and confidential information. The new Health app may also store confidential information about the customer so major security measures would need to be taken to keep everyone protected.
The special event is set to begin on September 9th at 10am PDT (or 1pm EST). Live streaming will be available (follow this link) and many major blogs like The Verge and MacRumors. Once the event ends, come back to this blog for a detailed post of what Apple just revealed.