On Tuesday, Apple will host its first event since its Worldwide Developers Conference in June. The company says the event should “brighten everyone’s day.”
And even though Apple hasn’t said much about its next phones, but thanks to rumors, leaks and heavy speculation, there is pretty good handle on what is coming at the gathering, which begins at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET.
The highly-anticipated iPhones are expected to be launch at Apple’s event tomorrow, as well as its new iOS 7 software.
The expected new iPhone 5S is said to be the same size as the iPhone 5, and might come in gold – and be made of Liquidmetal, an “indestructible” alloy that’s twice as strong as titanium.
One possible major improvement is the inclusion of a fingerprint sensor embedded into the convex home button, a “big headlining feature” for the 5S. The phone may also feature a 12-megapixel camera with dual flash for better photos in low light, and 128 GB of storage.
Recently leaked images of the new iPhone’s packaging appear to show a silver ring encircling the home button, which is thought to be part of the fingerprint sensor. Separate high-resolution images published last week by Australian teenager Sonny Dickson, show a circular component that is presumed to fit underneath the iPhone home button, with a fingerprint scanning mechanism at its center, the Telegraph reports.
The iPhone 5S won’t be alone in the spotlight tomorrow. A plastic, lower-cost version of the iPhone, called the iPhone 5C, is expected to make its debut. According to the many leaked photos of the phone, it will come in a series of colors, including yellow, white, green and blue.
Currently the price for the more affordable version of Apple’s smartphone is still unknown, it’s seen as Apple’s way of making a bigger splash in emerging markets such as China and India.
The biggest news at the event might not even be the hardware. In June, Apple previewed iOS 7, the next version of the iPhone and iPad software that looks radically different.
Apple has already said that iOS 7 would be out this fall for the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5. The Apple iOS 7 release date is rumored to be next Monday the 16th of September,
iPhone users want to see the new OS partly because competitive devices have some pretty nifty features that would be nice to have. According to Nolan Wright, a contributor at ReadWrite, “the strategy embedded in iOS 7—it’s the apps and data in those apps that need to be controlled, not the entire device.”
Though rumors for the iPhone 5S and 5C have been bubbling for a while, news of an Apple TV refresh only began gaining real traction a little less than a week ago, when reports of overseas shipments appeared to indicate changes in the works.
Apple are rumored to launch the iPhone 5S on the 20th of September, it is not clear as yet whether the iPhone 5C will launch on the same day or we may have to wait until the 27th for the launch of the iPhone 5C.
The iPhone 5S is rumored to go up for pre-order this Friday the 13th of September, which would tie in with the launch date for the handset of the 20th of September, as Apple normally outs the iPhone up for pre-order about a week before it is launched, says Geeky Gadgets.