Apple has unveiled the place and time of its annual September event where it is used to presenting new products. This time the event will take place at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California, on September 7. Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, new Apple Watch with GPS, and new Beats products.
AppleInsider reports that most probably, the so-called iPhone 7 will be equipped with both a pair of Lightning-connected headphones in the box and an adapter for traditional headphones. Apple provides a waterproof design be means of eliminating the headphone jack.
The new iPhone 7 is expected to have increased water resistance due to a new haptic feedback home button that will simulate a click when pressed, rather than moving. The operational principle of the new home button will be similar to the one of the click-less Force Touch trackpad found on recent MacBooks.
There are rumors that iPhone 7 Plus will have more capable hardware in the form of 3 gigabytes of RAM while the smaller iPhone 7 can boast of only 2 gigabytes of RAM. Traditionally, Apple doesn’t emphasize RAM onstage, so this is likely not to be mentioned during the keynote.
Both iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are expected to have improved camera flash, better performance in low-light conditions, and an improved 3D Touch sensor for pressure sensitive input.
The iPhone 7 Plus will possibly have two new colors: a dark shade of matte black, and a glossy piano black. Totally it will be represented in five colors – plus silver, gold, and rose gold. Apple is expected to abandon space gray color this generation.
Allegedly, Apple is developing its own wireless earbuds with completely separate left and right earpieces, which are expected to be dubbed “AirPods.”
This month’s Apple event is to bring the most eagerly awaited 5.5-inch model with a unique dual-lens camera capable of capturing more advanced images and, for the first time ever, optical zoom. The smaller 4.7-inch version is rumored to have an improved 12-megapixel camera, but lack the dual-lens design.
There are also rumors, still unconfirmed, that iPhone 7 Plus will feature a magnetic Smart Connector port on the back of the handset.
Second generation of Apple Watch
The event of September 7 is also expected to be a presentation of a second-generation Apple Watch. The major upgrade will be a GPS radio that will enable users to measure distance and pace without the need for a connected iPhone.
Reports have also suggested that Apple could equip Apple Watch with a slightly larger battery, better waterproofing, barometer, and an improved processor based on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company’s 16-nanometer process.
No update for Mac
If what is reported is true, Apple is not preparing any updates for Mac hardware. Conventional wisdom would suggest that Apple will roll out new Macs in October.
Apple is said to avoid hosting two fall events anymore, as it has done in the past, which would mean private, one-on-one media briefings — under embargo — will probably occur in October. When the embargo lifts, then the new Macs can launch.
Anyway, Apple’s event in several says will be definitely the iPhone’s stage.