It’s official! Apple has confirmed that the annual iPhone launch event will take place on September 12 at Apple’s new campus, at the Steve Jobs Theater. This year also marks the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, and a special edition iPhone is expected to be unveiled, along with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7s successors. Rumors also hint at the launch of the next-gen Apple Watch. Over the past few months, a lot has already been leaked about the upcoming iPhones and Apple Watch, and here’s everything that is expected from Apple’s September 12 event.
Apple iOS 11, macOS High Sierra and more
Earlier this year, Apple unveiled the new iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, Apple watchOS 4 and tvOS at the WWDC 2017 developer conference. The developer beta and public beta versions are already out for the early adopters who want to test drive the new operating system before others. Soon after the September 12 event, Apple is expected to officially roll-out the operating systems for respective devices.
iOS 11 brings bug fixes, performance improvements and a host of new features for iPhones, iPads and iPod touch. The changes include a redesigned Control Center, QR code scanning support in native iPhone camera, dark mode, do not disturb mode, improvements to Siri and more. Apple is also pushing ARKit, an augmented reality platform that will make use of the existing iPhone and iPad camera. We have already seen the demos of ARKit, and it has all the potential to be the biggest game changer. ALSO READ: ARKit: A definitive leap towards making augmented reality mainstream
The macOS High Sierra also brings in some key refinements in the form of improved Photos app with new editing tools, Virtual Reality (VR) support, HEVC video codec, new Apple File System (APFS), and more. Safari browser also gets new features to stop auto-playing ads, a new Reading Mode for distraction free reading without those annoying ads, and more. ALSO READ: macOS High Sierra preview: Apple aims to boost performance and productivity
Apple iPhone 8
Undoubtedly, the biggest announcement at the September 12 event is likely to be the iPhone 8. Launching 10 years after the first iPhone, the anniversary edition iPhone 8 is expected to get a major redesign, a new form factor and impressive set of technology. Just like the Samsung Galaxy S8, LG V30, Xiaomi Mi MIX and others, the iPhone 8 is also expected to join the bezel-less display revolution. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8 to launch in 64GB, 256GB, 512GB storage variants: Report
Apple is tipped to do away with the Touch ID fingerprint sensor and introduce a biometric authentication system that will make use of 3D facial recognition technology. It is expected to come with an OLED display, a virtual home button, wireless charging capabilities and dual camera setup at the back with augmented reality chops. There is a lot of excitement and expectation from the iPhone 8, and it remains to be seen if it can live up to the hype. Rumors also hint that it will be the most expensive iPhone costing more than $1,000. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8 to launch on September 12, sales to begin on September 22: Report
Apple iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus
Successors to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the new iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus are expected to bring incremental upgrades to the table. While the smartphones may not feature an edge-to-edge display like the iPhone 8, both new smartphones are expected to come with front and back glass design, wireless charging capabilities and powered by the latest hardware. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8 ‘Blush Gold’ color variant leaked
Apple Watch Series 3
Apple has been pushing the Apple Watch more as a fitness tracker, and with the Series 2, the company added 50-meter water resistance. This allows you to use the Apple Watch for sports like swimming, and monitor the activities. Now, if rumors are to be believed, the Apple Watch Series 3 is expected to get LTE support. Apple Watch Series 3 could also get support for new workouts. ALSO READ: Apple Watch update to bring support for new workouts
Onboard LTE support will ensure that you don’t need the iPhone to be nearby to be able to stream music, send messages and for downloading directions. LTE addition could also prove to be a catalyst in boosting Apple Watch sales.