It’s that time of the year again.
Apple is set to reveal a handful of exciting products during the annual launch event. From upgraded iPhones and a new version of Apple TV to a rumored iPad Pro and iOS 9, here’s a roundup on what to expect today.
iPhone 6S and 6S Plus
Upgraded versions of the iPhone 6, namely the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, will likely make an appearance at the conference. Leaks (courtesy of 9to5Mac) and insider tips suggest that it will happen, but you can never be too sure until Tim Cook makes it official. New design options for the two models may include rose gold and 7000-series aluminum, the same material found on the Apple Watch Sport.
Storage options will probably stay the same this year. Screen sizes will also remain at 4.7 and 5.5 inches.
Under the hood, the devices are rumored to support 12MP rear cameras with 4K recording features. Speculations about a new A9 processor and a faster Qualcomm modem that can hit speeds up to 300Mbps LTE are also on the table. Fingers crossed, an extra MB of RAM would really help boost the performance of the phones, as today’s apps get more complex and demanding.
Other notable things to watch out for during the event: the highly anticipated iOS 9, Force Touch and the 4-inch iPhone 6C.
Watch OS 2 and OS X El Capitan
During WWDC 2015, Apple previewed the Watch OS 2 and OS X El Capitan. A couple of months after, the company released the El Capitan beta. Not much surprise here, beta participants already spilled the beans on what to expect (stability upgrades, split-screen views and better Spotlight search support).
Out of the two, Watch OS 2 could be the more exciting platform this time around, as it gears up to receive fresh watch faces, a list of powerful native apps and Apple Pay updates.
Rumors leading up to the event suggests that Apple TV is getting a huge makeover. Even the remote is supposedly in on the redesign action, which may support Wii-like motion controls for a new wave of games on the device. The fourth-generation unit should be reliably fast with an A8 chip (same piece found in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus).
System-wide Siri support might also be making an appearance in the new machine. “Apple is said to be planning to fix that with the next-generation Apple TV software, but we are told that the company may wait to integrate the new search features until the Apple TV is populated with third-party applications,” mentioned 9to5Mac in a recent post.
During the initial retail launch, the box may cost $149, compared to $199 for the previous model.
The brand could be throwing consumers a curveball at the upcoming conference. Rumors are brewing that a large tablet called “iPad Pro” may surface during the tech gathering. It’s too early to tell if Apple is rolling out a preview or an official launch for the questionable product.
We’ll just have to wait and see!