The tech world is once again buzzing with excitement and rumours as we approach Apple’s September event. And as always, Apple remains ever so tightlipped and cryptic generating immense curiosity. We’re waiting with baited breath too because there’s a ton of new hardware and software that are going to be unveiled.
Here’s our pick of the most anticipated releases, although actual dates when these products hit the shelves may vary.
The new iPhone could be one of the most pivotal devices in the Cupertino brand’s history – with the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C simple updates to previous models, there’s a lot of pressure heaped on the iPhone 6.
The standard launch cycle will be likely followed, which means the Tuesday announcement will be followed by an on-sale release date 10 days later – which means Friday September 19 will be the first time you’ll be able to get your hands on it if you’re in the US i.e.
It’s looking increasingly likely that we’ll see more than one Apple handset this year, with a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and a 5.5-inch phablet – possibly dubbed the iPhone Air or the iPhone 6L – coming alongside. The latter was rumoured to be pushed until later in the year, thanks to problems with the battery and production, but recent updates seem to say these have been solved.
2) iOS 8
We wouldn’t have asked for a more befitting time for the iOS 8 release, which would fit perfectly with the iPhone 6 launch. We did get a teaser of what to expect during the WWDC on 2nd June earlier this year.
iOS 8 builds on the design of iOS 7. iOS 7 wasn’t received well by everyone, though. The redesigned interface wasn’t universally popular and some of the low-contrast elements caused problems for some people with impaired sight.
Meanwhile, Apple refers to iOS 8 as “the biggest release since the launch of the App Store, giving users incredible new features and developers the tools they need to create amazing new apps”.
iOS 8 offers simpler, faster and more intuitive ways to use your device with incredible new features like iCloud Photo Library, a new Messages app, the QuickType keyboard and an entirely new Health app,” said Apple’s senior VP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi. “We’re also giving developers amazing new tools to make managing your health and your home from your devices an integrated, simple and secure experience.”
Apple will join the wearable technology race along with Motorola, LG and Samsung with the release of the much anticipated iWatch. The iWatch’s standout feature is believed to be a fairly robust set of health-tracking sensors. It’s not known exactly what it’ll be able to track, however, and a lot of potential sensor options have been thrown out there.
The iWatch is probably running iOS, but it won’t be able to do everything your phone can on its own. Reports suggest that the iWatch will need to be paired with an iPhone in order to send text messages or place phone calls. That’s potentially a good thing, though, as it means that you likely won’t need to pay for a separate service plan for the watch. Presumably, the watch will display notifications, allow you to perform basic phone functions, and even have apps — but, surprisingly, there has been very little detail on any of that. We really don’t know how much it’ll be capable of.
But if we’re going to put our chips on the table , here’s one thing we’d guess: It won’t ship this fall. As with the original Apple TV and the original iPhone before it, Apple may show off the iWatch this year, but not ship it for another six months or so.
4) OSX Yosemite
An iOS-centric event this might be, but that doesn’t mean that Apple won’t dish on the next version of its Mac OS too—especially given the close ties between the two this time around. Like iOS 8, Yosemite got plenty of stage time at WWDC, where we saw not only its new interface, but also the Continuity features that will bring iOS devices and Macs into ever-closer harmony.
Will we see a release date for Yosemite at the 9th September event? It’s not impossible, but neither is it particularly likely. Rumor has it the company may hold a second event to come this fall, as it has in late October for the last couple years. That would seem a more likely occasion to discuss Yosemite thoroughly.
5) iPad/Mac/Apple TV
Given that Apple has usually bundled Macs and iPads into its October events, we think it unlikely that they’ll want to dampen the iPhone’s moment by trying to preview too many products. The iPad and Mac are big enough to hold their own at a product event, so we’re going to predict that the iPad and Mac won’t make showings in September. We could be wrong! Anything’s possible with Apple’s mysterious ways! Only time will tell.