Apple Sept. 12 occasion: New iPhone eight, Apple Watch three and extra

Even when you do not have an iPhone or plan on getting a brand new one, you must nonetheless take note of Apple’s September 12 occasion. For one factor, it takes place in a brand new location, Apple Park, the corporate’s new headquarters in Cupertino, California.

However the spotlight of the present will probably be new iPhones, together with one rumored to characteristic high-end and a totally new design that can shake up the entire lineup going ahead.

If that is nonetheless not sufficient to catch a curious eye, there could also be a new smartwatch, a brand new Apple TV field, and probably extra information on the corporate’s beforehand introduced smart-speaker, the HomePod, which will not hit retailer cabinets till December. CNET may have dwell protection on the bottom, and report as occasions unfold. Till then, here is what we will anticipate subsequent Tuesday.

Apple’s coverage is not to touch upon rumor and hypothesis, so observe that every thing beneath is only conjecture.

New iPhone eight, iPhone 7S

Apple is predicted to launch the following era of the iPhone, which might be the iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus. Since that is an “S” yr, do not anticipate main design modifications from final yr’s iPhone 7. As an alternative, search for a processor increase, digital camera enhancements and different under-the-hood upgrades.

There’s, nevertheless, heavy hypothesis that Apple will launch a particular anniversary iPhone, which the web has dubbed iPhone eight. Rumored options for the pricier iPhone eight embrace facial recognition as an alternative choice to Contact ID, a dual-lens digital camera with potential vertical configuration, an almost all-screen design with Apple’s first OLED show and a stainless-steel and glass physique.

We do not even know if it’s going to even be referred to as the iPhone eight. It could in actual fact be referred to as the iPhone 10, iPhone X, iPhone Professional or iPhone Version. Even the newest rumor about what we’re calling the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus signifies it might be referred to as… the iPhone eight and iPhone eight Plus. Confused but?

Apple Watch with LTE

Final yr, we received two new Apple Watch fashions, the Collection 2 and Collection 1. Like these fashions, the rumored Apple Watch Collection three (as we assume it’s going to be referred to as) will run WatchOS four, which Apple previewed in June. However the brand new can also be rumored to get mobile LTE capabilities. This implies you will not have to tether your iPhone to the look ahead to connectivity, giving the Apple Watch a brand new degree of portability and usefulness — if Apple has cracked the battery life conundrum, that’s. A potential design refresh has additionally been rumored.

Updates on HomePod and Siri

Earlier in June throughout its builders convention WWDC 2017, Apple launched its HomePod, a $349 (about £270, AU$465, transformed) Siri-powered good dwelling speaker that will probably be accessible for retail in December. Apple did not give out all the data when it was debuting it, nevertheless, so anticipate extra particulars to be revealed. Principally, we hope to substantiate what has already been leaked from the HomePod firmware replace that was unintentionally leaked by Apple itself. This contains the existence of some kind of matrix display screen, a full model of iOS and extra. We’ll additionally seemingly hear updates about Apple’s digital voice assistant Siri and new smart-home performance in relation to the HomePod.

Apple TV with 4K streaming capabilities

When Tim Prepare dinner introduced in June that Apple TV can be including Amazon Prime video within the fall, he additionally teased that extra Apple TV information can be introduced, too. Contemplating it has been two years since Apple up to date its streaming TV field, it is high-time for an replace given how a lot digital and streaming media has modified. Happily, there are rumors new Apple TV is within the works, which is able to embrace a brand new processor able to streaming high-resolution 4K video with HDR compatibility. This is not notably new (Netflix debuted 4K streaming in April 2014, adopted by Amazon and YouTube the yr after), but it surely’ll not less than make Apple TV aggressive. The improve rumor was just lately boosted by tales that the corporate is at the moment in talks with studios about buying rights to stream 4K video.

Software program updates: iOS 11, MacOS Excessive Sierra and AR

What an AR app for ‘The Strolling Useless’ would possibly appear to be.


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Apple already launched its newest cell working system iOS 11 throughout WWDC and it has since been accessible for public beta. With the brand new iPhones, we’ll get a full take a look at what iOS 11 can do, so anticipate extra particulars. Up to now, we have gotten a peek to see that Siri and the Management Middle will each get an interface refresh; the digital camera app may have a handful of extra instruments; the lock display screen and notification heart will merge and extra. iOS 11 additionally considerably enhances newer iPads, providing a wider dock, and extra versatile split-screen choices.

iOS 11 additionally delivers ARKit, Apple’s augmented-reality toolset that lets latest iPhones and iPads “work together” with digital objects by overlaying them in the true world. (It is already so good that Google utterly revamped its AR strategy to maintain up.) Search for a heretofore unseen AR demo to be highlighted on stage.

Not every thing is cell although. The latest iteration of Apple’s desktop OS, MacOS Excessive Sierra has been in beta since August. It is anticipated to be prepared for rollout in September so we’re positive Apple will need to speak about it. It is a small replace from the earlier OS, however its greatest options embrace turning off autoplay movies; GIF-making capabilities from the native Pictures app and the power to cease advertisers from monitoring your information.

What to not anticipate (plus just a few longshots)

Given all this, there are some things we’re fairly positive will not make an look on Tuesday. That features any new iPads, since up to date variations/capacities have been launched earlier in March (9.7-inch iPad 2017) and June (10.5- and 12.9-inch iPad Professional 2017). Ditto on any new iMac bulletins because the lineup was virtually totally upgraded earlier within the yr, and the flowery $four,999 iMac Professional — additionally beforehand introduced — is already slated to go on sale in December (£four,949 or AU$6,715, transformed).

That being stated, nothing’s for positive till the day of, so something can occur actually. Possibly Apple will make a random announcement unveiling some new special-edition purple AirPods, or a brand new iPad Mini (which hasn’t been up to date since 2015), or perhaps a VR headset. No matter it’s, CNET will probably be reporting from Apple Park so keep tuned with extra data.

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