Apple typically unveils a new iPhone in September.
With its next iPhone event just around the corner, we at Pocket-lint thought we'd round up all the rumours and information about what Apple might announce during its keynote. While a new iPhone running iOS 10 is a given, there are remaining questions about how many iPhone models are in store and whether the company plans to introduce a new MacBook Pro, etc.
Here's everything we know about Apple's 7 September event.
Apple's September 2016 event: When is it?
The Cupertino, CA-based company has invited the media to a press event scheduled for 7 September at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. The invite simply had the caption: "See you on the 7th". As a side note, Apple now has to compete with the PlayStation event on the same day, when Sony is expected to show off a souped up PS4K/Neo console.
Like past events, Apple's 7 September event will begin at 10 am PST. There will likely be a livestream via Apple's site and Apple TV.
Apple's September 2016 event: What can you expect?
Apple launched the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus in September 2015, followed by the smaller iPhone SE in March 2016. In fact, every year, normally in September, a new iPhone is released, and every year the new device is speculated upon and leaked months and months in advance of its actual release. This feature rounds up all the leaks and rumours surrounding the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus:
The iPhone 7 will drop the headphone jack, include a new home button with haptic feedback, and look lot like the 6S. You'll have to wait until next year for a completely redesigned iPhone. There has also been talk of an iPhone 7 Pro that will apparently sit above these two devices. It's thought to have better photo-taking capabilities - like a dual-camera setup - and more, which we have rounded up in this feature:
Apple always debuts a new iPhone running the latest, major version of its iOS mobile operating system, and this year will likely be no different. The company already previewed iOS 10 at its Worldwide Developer Conference earlier this year, and since then, it's released several beta builds to both developers and the public, giving us a good idea of what to expect from the final software.
The new iOS will sport a number of new features designed to enhance your iPhone even more beyond what the company launched in iOS 9 last year. Claiming to be the biggest update yet, there will be at least 10 major features, including a HomeKit Home app as well as changes to Siri, the lock screen, and photos. You can read all about these features and more in this round-up feature:
Last year, Apple combined what would normally be two events into one giant event, where it announced the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus alongside the 12.9-inch iPad Pro on one day (a 9.7-inch version was unveiled months later). Apple may choose to do that again and announce new iPad models during the same event - maybe even a second-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
However, according to noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will refresh its iPad lineup in 2017, with three new iPads ranging from 9.7 inches to 12.9 inches. According to Kuo, Apple plans to introduce a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro model next year to go along with a 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2 and a "low-cost" 9.7-inch iPad model. If this is the case, Apple will keep its September event focused on iPhone.
Everyone thought Apple was going to update its MacBook Pro line at WWDC 2016, but now the world is expecting refreshed models to come out this autumn instead. Keep in mind there are two sizes of MacBook Pro: a 13-inch model that was last updated in March 2015, and a 15-inch model that was last updated in May 2015. So, nobody can imagine Apple going two full years without rolling out MacBook Pro models.
Rumours suggest new ones are on the way. What's more, the upcoming laptops won't simply have faster processors and thinner bodies, which we all pretty much expect. They are also heavily tipped to feature an OLED touch panel and a Touch ID sensor embedded in their keyboards. This feature rounds up all the leaks and rumours surrounding the new MacBook Pro:
However, Bloomberg reported in August that the new computer will be a no-show at Apple's 7 September event.
Russian regulatory trademark filings spotted by mobiltelefon.ru seem to confirm that Apple is readying standalone hardware for its upcoming phones. The filings, which were published by the Eurasian Economic Commission on 29 August, refer to wireless headphones called AirPods.
This has been a long-rumored brand name for Apple’s wireless headphones for iPhone 7. The next iPhone is thought to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack, leaving customers with either the Lightning connector or Bluetooth technology for connecting audio devices like headphones. These AirPod headphones are likely a first-party accessory, as there is no indication they're a Beats product.
It's also unclear if Apple will bundle them with the iPhone 7 or sell them optionally. Other reports have claimed Apple made a Lighting version of its existing EarPods, and if that's true, maybe we'll see those bundled instead.
Apple's September 2016 event: Is that it?
It looks like it. That being said, a second-generation Apple Watch is expected to debut sometime in 2016, likely late in the year. Nearly 17 months after the Apple Watch launched in the US and eight other countries, there have been no rumours to suggest a new version will debut at Apple's 7 September event. But here's Pocket-lint's rumour round-up on the upcoming watch anyway:
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