Wednesday September 9th will see Tim Cook and his team get back on the stage in San Francisco to announce a slew of new products. Rumours over the past few months suggests this is going to be one of the biggest and most important single events Apple has held in a long time – so, here’s what to expect.
- The iPhone 6s (4.7-inch) and 6s Plus (5.5-inch) models are likely to be the headline product announcements.
- They are expected to look almost identical to the current iPhone 6 and 6 Plus smartphones from last year, although they may be slightly thicker and wider to accommodate new features.
- New Series 7000 aluminium to prevent bending.
- Force Touch – taken from this year’s new MacBooks – will allow users to select on-screen options based on how hard they’re pushing on the screen.
- Apple A9 CPU is expected to increase performance with a beefy graphics boost; RAM will be doubled to 2GB but it is likely that Apple will retain the entry-level 16GB version, despite early reports that it would ditch this storage option.
- 12 megapixel camera on the back (up from 8) and a 5 megapixel camera on the front (up from 1.2).
- iPad Pro
- iPad mini 4
- Improvements to the camera.
- Thinner (but identical) designs.
- Faster CPUs – possibly an A8X.
- iPad Air 3
- There have been some reports suggesting that Apple will not update the iPad Air for this year.
- This could well be true – Apple will want to maximise the focus of iPad coverage on the new Pro model + iPad Air and iPad Pro are already going to be cannibalising each other to some extent; staggered releases minimises this threat to sales.
- Not definite though: if there is an iPad Air 3, expect an A9 CPU, improved camera and possibly better battery life – but not much else.
- Fourth-generation Apple TV will finally be announced, following years of speculation and months of waiting.
- Expect most changes to be on the inside and with the software:
- Fast A8 CPU.
- Integration of Apple’s App Store.
- New user interface.
- Motion sensitive remote controller.