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Apple’s iPhone 6s Event: What to Expect

hey-siri-inviteWednesday 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.

iphone-6s-shelliPhone

  • 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-air-2iPad

  • 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.

apple-tvApple TV

  • 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.
    • Siri.
    • New user interface.
    • Motion sensitive remote controller.

 

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