What to expect from Apple's September 12 event

What to expect from Apple's September 12 event
As you've probably heard by now, Apple has officially announced an event for September 12, which will undoubtedly give us a sneak peek at many devices and features the company has been working on in the past months and years.

But what exactly should we expect from the anticipated high-profile event next Wednesday? Of course, it's easy to pinpoint a few usual suspects that will most certainly make an appearance, but in the case of Apple, surprises and unexpected announcements are always possible.

Apple iPhone Xr, XS, XS Max

Needless to say, the obvious star of the show will be Apple's bread and butter, the 2018 iPhone lineup. This year, just like in 2017, Apple is expected to reveal a whole lot of three new iPhones - the iPhone 9, the iPhone Xs, and the iPhone Xs Max, which was previously expected to be called the iPhone Xs Plus.

All three new devices will bear the same general design that was introduced with the iPhone X - a notched screen with close to no bezels, a glass back with metal frame, and a very high screen-to-body ratio. Yes, we expect the good ol' design language introed by iPhone 6/6 Plus back in 2014 to be phased out in favor of a worthy successor.

Here's a rundown of what each device would most likely offer.

iPhone Xr

In our understanding, the iPhone Xr will be the cheapest and most affordable new iPhone. It will boast a 6.1-inch LCD display and most certainly the same internals that will make it inside the more expensive models. This means that the Apple A12 chipset, 4GB of RAM, and a single camera only will be making the rounds. Also. we expect the 3D Touch feature, which hardly ever took off, to be unavailable on this budget-conscious model. Face ID will be making an appearance on the iPhone Xr, fortunately.

Price will be in the vicinity of $600 - $700.

iPhone XS

The iPhone XS will be an improved version of last year's iPhone X heavy-hitter, and as such, will come with the new Apple A12 chipset, 4GB of RAM, a likely improved dual-camera, and the same 5.8-inch OLED display. Oh, and it seems a cool new gold color will be making the rounds. Of course, Face ID will remain a core feature.

Price would be in the vicinity of $800-$900.

Read more about the features of the iPhone XS here

iPhone XS Max

Expected to be the iPhone with the largest display ever fitted on an Apple device, the iPhone XS Max will come with a large 6.5-inch OLED display. Of course, the internals are expected to be the same ones as in the iPhone XS - Apple A12, 4GB of RAM, and a dual- or even triple-camera. The snazzy gold color will all be making an appearance here, too. Face ID will be part of the feature bag as well.

Price would be in the vicinity of $900-$1,000.

A grand new redesign of Apple's tablets is also expected to take place. That's a bit of a weird way of saying that we expect new iPads come September 12.

As we said in our initial new iPad Pro piece, design will be a key new feature of the already-domineering slates. The curved sides of the current crop will be replaced with more edgy ones, it seems, and the bezels have been drastically shrunk all around, placed symmetrically between the screen and the edges. The display has rounded corners like on the notch-y iPhone, but a notch is nowhere to be seen, thankfully, and, overall, the new iPad Pro looks slabby and with a kind of industrial elegance over the current edition.

Read more about the new iPad Pro right here

Apple Watch Series 4

Three years of the same general design are enough for the Apple Watch - change is in the air. In particular, the upcoming Apple Watch Series 4 is expected to feature a larger display with smaller bezels and higher resolution. The latest version of the wearable should sport a larger edge-to-edge display. According to a report published today, information culled from the most recent watchOS 5 beta suggests that the resolution of the display on the 42mm timepiece will be 384×480, which will be a noticeable improvement over the 312×390 seen on the current 42mm Apple Watch.

Looking at the Digital Crown and the Side button, there's also an obvious change from previous generations. The crown seems to be more deeply embedded into the body of the watch and its opening seems to be of a different shape. Solid-state would mean that the button doesn't actually press in, but the feeling of pressing it is simulated by Apple's Taptic Engine, much like it is with the home buttons on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8.

Apple HomePod mini

It's possible that Apple could unveil a new, smaller-sized smart speaker to complement the company's fledgling smart speaker lineup to better rival Amazon and Google, which already have a slew of miscellaneous smart speakers in their portfolios. It could be cheaper than the current smart speaker, which sells for $349, and would go head-to-toe with the Amazon Echo and the Google Home mini.

However, we haven't heard enough rumors as to establish a credible round-up of what's to be expected.

Apple AirPods 2

A second generation of the AirPods 2 has definitely been rumored for a while, and it sounds as if the September 12 event could deliver the rumored upgrade. First off, Apple's awesome cable-less Bluetooth earbuds are expected to introduce a Siri agent that will always be listening for your "safe word" command.

The more important upgrade will reportedly be swapping the W1 chip design that is in the current AirPods with the W2 Bluetooth connectivity chip that made a cameo in the latest Apple Watch Series 3. This silicon halves the power draw of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity compared to W1, so we might be looking at even longer battery life from the upgraded AirPods that may be available just few short weeks from now.



26. midan

Posts: 3261; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Wednesday can't come fast enough

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

This is gonna be a killer keynote. Apple is known for elaborate unveilings, and this one shouldn't disappoint. I only have interest in the 6.5 inch model, and what it brings in the form of actual multitasking...not fast app switching. Split view, Pencil support and picture in picture are required Apple. This big ass phone, needs to do big ass things. I own a one trick pony now (X), and have no problem keeping it, if the 6.5 incher is just a bigger version, like the 6 Plus was to the 6. I know nothing like themes, real widgets, or a new UI is coming soon, so at least give me those 3 features. We know the A12 will kill it on Geekbench, and it'll have a fancy name...A12 Testosterone chip or something. Give me some killer multitasking and it's time to lose the static grid of icons, at least let us change the shape size, and transparency of them. Please and thank you.

24. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2289; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I know Jed...I’m wishing the same thing as you are, however iOS12 is a clear indication that we aren’t getting multi tasking and Apple Pencil support or else developers would have mentioned it. I could be wrong though..,they may want to save the Thunder for iPhone 2019.

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

They're gonna be nice regardless, but I just wish Apple would enable all large screen iPhones with those features. It would make them that much more capable, and I'd jump at a 6.5 that could do it. I can't help but wonder about the reluctance. I love my X, but it just seems handicapped when I need to multitask, and I have to physically put it down, and grab my Note or iPad Pro. I want all my devices to do it.

13. cmdacos

Posts: 4412; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

I expect an OS that looks identical to an OS launched in the late 2000s

15. whatev

Posts: 2456; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

I also expect a lot of butthurt trolls and oceans of tears from them

16. ScottsoNJ56

Posts: 169; Member since: Oct 01, 2017

You got that right. Apple fans crying out loud

20. whatev

Posts: 2456; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

I said trolls, why would apple fans and users be crying when they are going to be happy and with tons of money in their wallets to spend on their new devices while you and many others will be crying and jealous ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

19. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

I expect the same old, how many the percentage on latest Android version vs iOS baloney. Same old prewritten madlibs trying to diss competition and talk about how Apple iPhone makes everything popular even when if doesn't. Look the iPhone is the most popular device, but that doesn't mean it makes everything it does popular or main stream.

21. whatev

Posts: 2456; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

I expect strategic_developer aka tech_sceptic aka techiexp go on rage that day, get banned again and then create an account called tech_enthusiast or something like that with the same psychotic Samsung troll personality traits. Why not hold your butthurtness a little bit darling? Can’t you wait 5 days? You’re more eager for those phones than Apple users

25. midan

Posts: 3261; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"but that doesn't mean it makes everything it does popular or main stream." Well so far it have done exactly that.

9. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

There won't be any iPhone 9 as it will cannibalize iPhone Xs' sales. That's Apple for you

11. thxultra

Posts: 487; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I think this is a huge reason Apple will delay the iphone 9. I also don't expect it to have the A12 chip. I bet they use last years A11 and a lower res camera. Has to be more then a LCD vs OLED screen difference for people to drop the extra cash on the XS.

8. whatev

Posts: 2456; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Well I’m expecting to see my new iPhone which I hope is not called “XS” and my new iPad :)

6. GreenMan

Posts: 2704; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

If the rumors are true then Apple's line-up will soon be deprived of a compact phone. Hence I think Apple should focus on the successor of the iPhone SE, which proved to be a sleeper hit. A 4.7" 19.5:9 iPhone would be nice and interestingly enough; it'll be exactly as wide as The 4" SE, as seen here: http://www.displaywars.com/4-inch-16x9-vs-4,7-inch-d%7B19,5x9%7D I find it rather interesting! But of course, it's never going to happen. G'Day!

18. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

So much for all that one handed usage BS they've been preaching and selling for years. Funny how they insult otywe phones, saying they are too big. The Note is 6.4" the X Max will be 6.5,, but yet will have a smaller display do to the notch, lower resolution, lower IP, no headphone Jack, cameras will be improved but still won't equal or beat other phones and more. It would have been without blemish if it didn't have a needless cutout.

28. Sinikad unregistered

Maybe maybe not. The 4.7" iPhone 6/7/8 are about the same size as the 5.8" iPhone X, and due to its aspect ratio the X is still a one hander. However, it does not have as much screen real estate as the diagonal would suggest. I was just comparing an 8+ to an X, and the 8+ at 5.5" diagonal has more screen space, particularly if you discount the top area where the indention into the screen exists on the X. I think what we will see is a replacement for the older "plus" line that uses IPS LED with a 6.1" diagonal in a format like the X screen. Then we'll get the XS 5.8" and an XS Plus 6.5" with AMOLED and an A12. Reason I say that is the "plus" line is way, way too big for a 5.5" screen. They need to go back and rectify that, even if they leave older A10/A11 SoC in them.

4. japkoslav

Posts: 1553; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Decent Mac Mini would be nice. Latest quadcore, option to replace an SSD, LAN, if possible something like MX150 ... that would be nice. And cooling, of course, yeah something, that will not reach 100ºC after 5 minutes of work.

3. S4NDY

Posts: 277; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

what to expect? hmm some lego playing with ARkit

2. rebretz

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 26, 2011

Didn't a phonearena article yesterday say the iPhone XS would be priced at $1000 US? Today they are saying $800-$900. Way to cover your butts.

1. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Wallet ready for iphone X plus, series 4 and ipad pro.

5. GreenMan

Posts: 2704; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

A stolen wallet, I presume? Or are you referring to your kidney(s)? I'm just a little confused, that's all.

7. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

I’m not underprivileged person who likes to collect garbage gadgets like you. I work hard to get what I want not a people like you who were taken for granted. Most people who buys iphone belongs to the upper class and your one good example of those whom i consider moron. Did someone knock on your door to sell their kidneys? They’re all your brothers, idiot and jobless.

12. Tipus

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Trolling is =/= working. "Upper class" troll :)))

14. GreenMan

Posts: 2704; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Sounds like someone going through puberty! Been there, done that! I remember how I used to brag about my father being a surgeon back in 5th grade whereas he was in fact just a humble accountant! In any case; I doubt a troll possess any sort of class; regardless of his or her financial status! Oh well...

17. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Yep because you think all products that run Android are garbage. Why can't you like the iPhone without insulting what others like. It's a throw-away phone just like any other. It better than the majority which don't matter, but lesser than the minority which does matter.

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Most people who buy iPhones are not upper class dude. There's too many BOGO deals on iPhones as well as Walmart, Metro PCS, and other low end dealers for that to be true. I'm not gonna say you're under privileged, cause that's not my business and I dont know you, but c'mon bruh. iPhones are so damn easy to acquire it's a shame, and Apple wants it that way. Think sales and services dude...sales and services.

30. Trex95

Posts: 2384; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Sup darkk BOGO for every single phone this days even note 9 512GB price start to drop so fast and there’s many bogo deals about it.

31. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly, it's about tying us in. That's why I said sales and services. Phones are easy to get now, BOGO, installments, buy one get one half off. Very easy to get.

32. Trex95

Posts: 2384; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

True that bro and yeah sales and services still better with Apple and Samsung not gonna lie.

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