Apple Confirms Sept. 9 New iPhone Event with Media Invites, Siri Tease
Apple (AAPL) officially scheduled its next big thing, sending out invites today to a media event on September 9 at the Bill Graham Civic Center Auditorium in San Francisco.
The show starts at 10 am Pacific Time and Apple has said it will stream the event for Mac, iPhone, Apple TV and PC users. What? No Android? Hmmm….
While word has circulated for months the vendor will unwrap the next version of its iPhone, reportedly called the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus on September 9, there’s also been a great deal of buzz about what else it might introduce, ranging from an updated TV set top box to the iPad Pro or a new iPad Mini. The vendor is widely expected to launch updates to iOS 9 and watchOS2 at the event, according to reports.
The media invitation brings Apple’s Siri voice personal assistant in on the fun with the tagline, “Hey, Siri, give us a hint.”
In the wake of Apple’s event announcement a slew of leaks on the next iPhone have surfaced. Here’s a few nuggets, courtesy of 9to5Mac:
- There won’t be a new 4-inch iPhone 6c, even though Apple has been working on it but it’s not ready to ship. Apple also has a 3.5-inch iPhone in a prototype model similar in size to the earlier iPhone 4s but there’s no evidence the vendor will move ahead with it.
- Apple will discontinue the iPhone 5c when the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus ship but retain the iPhone 5s, offering it on contract for free. Apple also will continue to sell the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus after the new models begin shipping, dropping the price by $100 per model.
- The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will feature a major overhaul to the camera with an upgrade from an 8-megapixel sensor to a custom imager at 12-megapixels. That means the camera on the new iPhones will be able to take larger, higher resolution pictures. And, the vendor also has added 4K video recording support, making the new iPhones the first Apple models capable of full 4K video resolution.
- The new iPhones, as rumored, actually will be offered in a new Rose Gold color made of anodized aluminum. The front glass on the unit will be white and Apple will continue to use ionized glass, called “Ion-X glass,” as a cover for the iPhone screens.
- The new iPhones will include a Force Touch display, as widely reported, but the technology may not end up being called by that name at game time.