Today, Apple will be holding an event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Since the auditorium is much larger than most previous venues where Apple has hosted it’s September events, many are expecting Apple to unveil a whole range of new products at the event. Here are my expectations –
This is a definite. I am expecting Apple to announce two new models – the iPhone 6s, the iPhone 6s Plus. Obviously the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will be identical to the current line-up when it comes to their design, but will feature the much stronger Series 7000 aluminum. Expect one of the major differentiators between the new line-up and the current line-up to be the cameras, I think Apple will ramp up the iSight cameras to 12 mega-pixels on both the models, while the FaceTime cameras will be ramped up to 5 mega-pixels. I also expect the iPhone 6s to get the optical image stabilisation technology that was previously exclusive to the Plus. Under the hood, I think Apple might finally take the plunge and add 2GB of RAM to the new iPhones (like they did with the air last year)along with the new A9 processors.
I am a bit skeptical when it comes to 6c because unlike the iPhone 6 and 6s, I haven’t come across any convincing supply-side part leaks that could convince me that Apple might announce a replacement for the 5c. I am also a bit unsure when it comes to Apple adding ForceTouch to the new line-up, both because I haven’t seen much on the supply-side for this either, as well as the fact that adding this now would really make it difficult for Apple to differentiate the 6s/6s Plus from the next iteration.
Of all the products Apple is anticipated to launch today, the TV puzzle is probably the most incomplete in terms of what we know about it. Most of the rumors I have come across leading to today’s event related to the TV make close to no sense (the surprising bit is that some of these are from really reliable sources). Here’s what I think will happen –
– The TV will still be a box (I think Apple will sell the screen separately if at all) and will still be called the Apple TV
– I do agree that a remote will be central to the experience of the Apple TV, however the descriptions I have read about the capabilities of the remote, force me to ask why will Apple chose to offer a separate physical remote when the iPhone, iPad or even the Watch offer almost all of the capabilities of a physical remote. Instead of a remote, what I do anticipate Apple announcing is a separate Bluetooth based controller for gaming
-I firmly believe that the new TV will have a strong focus on gaming. Considering this, it makes sense that Apple will dramatically improve the graphical/processing capabilities of the new TV. I foresee the inclusion of a much faster processor (A8 makes sense), however I think that Apple might wait till the next generation to introduce 4K support
-Apple will extend Siri’s capabilities in order to promote the use of Siri for performing most of the tasks on the TV
I don’t see Apple releasing new iPads in this event, this is mainly based on the assumption that Apple will make a TV related announcement at the same event, and as such will definitely not be left with enough time to cover iPads (specially if they end up revealing the iPad Pro).
Expect Apple to do a quick run-through about what is new in WatchOS 2, as well as announce any hardware/accessories related changes.