Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 6 (and possibly some other gadgets) at a Keynote on September 9. The event will be livestreamed on the Apple website, and will also be available to watch through your Apple TV or other Apple-made device. Here’s everything you need to know about this hotly anticipated tech event.
1. Apple Is Expected to Show Off the iPhone 6 in September
Re/code reports that Apple has scheduled a big press event for September 9. Apple is expected to show off their latest and greatest iPhones. Re/code states:
“As with September events past, the focal point of this one is to be Apple’s next-generation iPhones, which are expected to feature larger displays of 4.7 and 5.5 inches and run speedy new A8 processors.”
CNET adds that Apple has debuted a new iPhone every year since 2007, and that the last few iPhone keynotes have all taken place in September. The Verge confirms that Apple will host the event on September 9, with the official notice of the event bearing the cryptic tag line “Wish we could say more.”
WhenIsKeynote.com, a website for tracking upcoming Apple events, notes that Apple’s next keynote events will likely be at the next WWDC (June 2015), and second-gen iPad Air Presentation (Fall 2014.)
2. Apple’s Eddy Cue Says This Fall’s Products Are Great
Back in May, Apple SVP Eddy Cue (pictured above) talked a bit about what Apple fans could expect to see this Fall. Cue described the company’s fall product pipeline quite favorably, saying, “We’ve got the best product pipeline that I’ve seen at Apple in my 25 years.”
Mac Rumors has reported that Apple’s Tim Cook is on the record about the company’s plans to enter some new tech categories with their products this year. The comments from Cue and Cook combined seem to suggest that Apple’s press event might feature more than just a new iPhone. Perhaps the long-awaited Apple smartwatch really is coming this year. Former Tag Heuer exec Patrick Pruniaux recently joined Apple, lending even more credence to the idea of an iWatch release in 2014.
3. The iPhone 6 Is Expected to Be a Big Seller
One of the most interesting iPhone 6 leaks is the video above, which is believed to showcase a gold iPhone 6.
The iPhone 6 is expected to be a big seller for the company, with Apple ordering between 70 and 80 million of the handsets. The phone is expected to sell well for two main reasons. Firstly, those users with iPhone 4S or 5 models are expected to upgrade to the 6. Secondly, the iPhone 6 has been intriguing to consumers, with features like improved battery life, health features, and an extra-durable display expected.
4. Apple’s Smartwatch Might Be Featured at the September 9 Event
The iWatch concept video above showcases a premium iWatch “S” and a lower-cost iWatch “C”.
It is not certain what Apple is planning to reveal at the September 9 event. While at least one one version of the iPhone 6 (which will reportedly come in two sizes) seems certain, it is possible that Apple’s smartwatch might also make its debut. The smartwatch has been variously referred to as iTime and the iWatch in the press, and would compete directly against Android Wear watches recently released by Samsung and LG.
5. Apple’s iPhone 6 Launch Is Generating Lots of Buzz
ICYMI: Cool (and realistic) iPhone 6 concept image http://t.co/J5OfDLLKh4 pic.twitter.com/ZHJl86pU6B
— PC Pro (@pcpro) July 26, 2014
iPhone fans are already getting very excited about the possibility of seeing a new iPhone in just over a month’s time. The tweet below is typical of many of the Twitter reactions people are having to Apple’s press event news.
The iPhone 6 Apple Keynote is September 6th. YEEES!
— Daniel Sims (@SimsDaniel) August 5, 2014
CNET reports that Apple’s iPhone is something of an “anomaly” in the smartphone marketplace, and is unique in its ability to get people excited:
“Apple’s customers have remained loyal, and it’s attracting buyers despite offering devices that are nearly a year old…Apple continues to sell millions of the iPhone 5S despite the fact the device is nearly a year old. The continued strength of the iPhone represents an anomaly at a time when the smartphone business is maturing and there is a noticeable lack of excitement in the area.”
Only time will tell as to whether Apple can keep getting consumers excited about the iPhone line. Thankfully, it seems like the wait for the iPhone 6 is nearly at an end.