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What to expect from Apple’s big keynote

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It’s September, and that means it’s time for the next iPhone.

Earlier this week, Apple sent out invitations to a 7 September event, drumming up excitement with the tagline, “See you on the 7th”. Some industry watchers think that’s a play on words for the expected name of the new iPhone, the “iPhone 7”.

Apple has reported two straight quarters of year-over-year revenue declines and there are questions about demand for a device that remains the company’s main source of profit.

Apple hopes faster iPhones with significant camera improvements will prop up sales ahead of an expected larger overhaul in 2017 for the device’s 10th anniversary. It’s set to release a faster Apple Watch with GPS to try to re-ignite interest in that nascent category.

Here’s a breakdown of what to expect at Apple’s event from each product line:

New iPhone

  • A tweaked design that looks similar to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s, but removes the two inner-most antenna lines on the back of the device for a cleaner look.
  • The same 4,7-inch and 5,5-inch screen sizes as the previous two iPhone lines.
  • A pressure-sensitive “home” button that provides a vibrating sensation in response to button presses instead of an actual physical click, similar to the latest MacBook trackpads.
  • The removal of the headphone jack in favour of a secondary grille for either an additional speaker or microphone. An improved single-lens rear camera system on the new 4,7-inch model.
  • A new dual-lens camera system on the 5,5-inch model, allowing for deeper zooming with less reduction in clarity and better low-light photography.
  • A faster processor, a successor to the A9 chip in the iPhone 6s. Support for FeliCa-based payments in Japan, in the works for either this year’s model or next year’s overhaul.

New Watch

  • A GPS chip for more accurate fitness tracking.
  • A faster processor for launching applications and navigating the operating system.
  • Battery life improvements to support the power-intensive addition of GPS.

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Software updates

  • iOS 10 will be available on the iPhone 5 from 2012 and later.
  • The updated software includes an improved iMessage application with support for new animations, stickers and third-party plug-ins, voicemail transcription, notifications that show more detail, and an application for controlling smart home appliances.
  • watchOS 3, the new version of the Apple Watch’s software, speeds up app launch times, includes a new SOS feature to call emergency services, a new app to monitor breathing, and the ability to use Apple Pay within apps.
  • tvOS 10, the new version of the Apple TV software, is supported by the fourth-generation model (which comes with Siri) and adds the ability to universally sign in to many content apps, a dark mode for navigating through the system at night, and a redesigned view for Apple Music.
  • macOS Sierra, the latest version of the Mac operating system, adds support for Apple Pay transactions on the Web, Siri voice control, new photo management and messaging features, and the ability for Apple Watch wearers to automatically login to their Macs.

Coming Later

One hardware category that may not be discussed in detail on 7 September is the Mac line. However, Apple will begin shipping some of its future Macs as soon as October, according to people familiar with the matter. Here are the details:

  • An overhauled MacBook Pro with a “dynamic function row” display that allows function keys to change based on the task at hand, a faster processor, new graphics card options from AMD, a larger trackpad, flatter keyboard, and USB-C port technology.
  • Updated MacBook Air models with multi-functional USB-C port technology.
  • A faster iMac with new graphics card options from AMD.
  • A 5K standalone monitor developed in conjunction with LG Electronics.  — (c) 2016 Bloomberg LP

3 Comments

  1. “Updated MacBook Air models with multi-functional USB-C port technology.”

    It’s more likely that the now obsolete MacBook Air models will be dropped entirely, and that a larger (perhaps 14″) MacBook model will be introduced.

    The MacBook Air design is several years old, uses older technologies, and has a low resolution display. It comes in 11″ and 13″ models.

    The 12″ MacBook is thinner, lighter, and uses newer technologies (including Retina display) than the “Air” models… Which doesn’t make sense just from the “Air” name, which implies a lighter model (which it isn’t).

    With the 12″ MacBook being in the middle in size, with only 1 inch separating it from the 11″ and 13″ MacBook Air models, it would make sense that a new MacBook model would not be 11″ or 13″ display size, but rather a 14″ display size.

    It is possible that after dropping the old MacBook Air models, Apple might choose to rename the 12″ MacBook and its larger 14″ version to “MacBook Air”, but that name change would really be unnecessary and confusing.

  2. Robert Hancock on

    “iOS 10 will be available on the iPhone 5 from 2012 and later.”
    What does this mean? Perhaps, “iOS 10 will be supported on all iPhone models from the iPhone 5 launched in 2012.”

  3. Greg Mahlknecht on

    >unnecessary and confusing

    I don’t follow the apple stuff closely, and your post hurt my head. I think they need to rethink their product naming. It’s impossible to tell anything about the product from its name!

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