Rumor had it that Apple would be hosting an event at the beginning of September, with all eyes pointed to just a couple of days after Labor Day in the United States.
With those expectations in tow, it was also reasonable to think that Apple would send out invitations for the event sometime this week as well. And, sure enough, the invitations are now being sent out. The invitation is pretty simple this year, with just out-of-focus colored circles scattered around a black landscape, and the words, “See you on the 7th” imprinted on the bottom of the invitation.
Apple will indeed be live streaming the event as well.
As for what’s new: The mainstay of the event will be the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The new handsets are expected to be modest updates when compared to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, including a slight design change for the physical body of the new devices. Specifically, the iPhone 7/7 Plus are said to feature slightly thinner frames, and also boast redesigned antenna bands.
A few key changes will be the cameras, as noted by an earlier report today. That includes rumored optical image stabilization (OIS) for the iPhone 7 in its 12-megapixel camera. The iPhone 7 Plus is said to boast a pair of 12-megapixel cameras on the back, however, which will apparently be one of the major new additions for the new handsets.
The event will probably also include stage time for the Apple Watch 2, which was first introduced two years ago. Just like the new iPhones, the Apple Watch 2 is believed to be a modest update to the first design, with only a slight change here and there to the physical design. A recent report suggested it will at least boost battery size, with separate reports pointing to the inclusion of built-in GPS this time around.
One other product that could be making an appearance at this year’s September event is a totally redesigned MacBook Pro. If the rumors leading up to the device’s launch are true, the new MacBook Pro will boast an OLED touch bar that serves as the row of function keys on previous keyboards. The device will apparently also feature a slightly tweaked overall design from previous models, and other key improvements as well.
On top of all that, Apple will also reveal the release date for all of these products, and also the release date for the public in regards to iOS 10 and macOS Sierra. Both of these new platforms will bring a ton of new features to their product lineups. watchOS 3 and tvOS 10 will also get release dates.
This year’s event will surely be one to watch, so stay tuned. We’ll be covering the event as usual.