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Apple is all set to unveil the next generation iPhones along with a few other products at the event to be held tomorrow in California. While we know that the launch event will happen on September 12, the pre-orders for the upcoming iPhones is slated to start on September 15 and these might go on sale on September 22.
The highlights of the event are the three iPhones - the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus and the tenth-anniversary edition model dubbed iPhone X. For now, there is no official confirmation from the company regarding these soon-to-be launched models. However, these devices have been a part of the rumors and leaks since the past few months and a lot of details about these phones have come to light.
From what we know so far, Apple will unveil the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, Apple Watch Series 3, 4K Apple TV, iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, tvOS and watchOS 4. There are claims that Apple will also unveil new software features such as Animoji and Face ID.
Let's take a look at what we can expect from Apple at the September 12 event.
The iPhone X will likely be the tenth-anniversary edition model of the iPhone. The confusion that remains in the moniker is if the ‘X' in its name will be pronounced as the letter or the numeral. Apart from its name, the tipsters have revealed that the iPhone X will arrive with an edge-to-edge display surrounded by narrow bezels. The device is likely to feature a dual rear camera setup with the two camera lenses positioned vertically unlike what we saw on the iPhone 7 Plus last year.
The iPhone X is claimed to arrive with an OLED screen making it the first device from Apple to feature such a display. The OLED panel for this special model of iPhone will be made by Samsung Display. The iPhone X is said to be launched without the home button at the front and there are claims that there will be no TouchID as well as Apple wasn't successful in implementing the in-screen fingerprint sensor with the special edition model.
It is expected to be more powerful than the other two models that will also be launched tomorrow. The company is claimed to use the Apple A11 chipset in all the three iPhones and the iPhone X is said to use 3GB RAM that will work in conjunction with the new chipset. The Phone X dual camera is likely to capture 4K videos and arrive in multiple storage variants such as 64GB, 256GB and 512GB priced at $999, $1,099 and $1,199 respectively.
Being a special edition model, this one could be limited and Apple is claimed to sell only 2 to 4 million units of the device this year.
iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus will be the successors to the yesteryear models - iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. These are said to feature 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch LCD displays that will be made by LG Display. While the iPhone X will have an all-glass display with stainless steel frame and narrow bezels, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus will feature a similar build but there will be regular screens and usual bezel width as the previous iPhones.
Going by the recent reports, the iPhone 8 Plus will also feature 3GB RAM as the iPhone X while the regular iPhone 8 will come with just 2GB RAM. Also, the Plus variant will arrive with a dual camera setup but we can expect the lenses to be positioned horizontally as we saw on the iPhone 7 Plus. These models are also said to use the Apple A11 chipset and run on iOS 11. All the iPhones are said to feature wireless charging support as these are believed to arrive with a glass chassis.
Apple Watch Series 3
The Apple Watch Series 2 came with fast processing, GPS, and better battery life. The Apple Watch Series 3 that is likely to be launched tomorrow is likely to take the smartwatch segment to another level with the addition of an LTE chip. Eventually, users can make and answer calls, use the data, and stream music without a paired device. However, this might take a toll on the battery life of the smartwatch.
The third generation Apple smartwatch is said to arrive with health tracking features such as Glucose monitoring, Workout and Apple Music apps as well.
Apple 4K TV
Even the Apple TV is expected to get a major overhaul with the addition of 4K and HDR support. If the TV that the Apple TV will be paired with supports these formats, then users can stream 4K videos with HDR contrast. In order to handle this, the next generation Apple TV is said to have an upgraded processor. Also, it is said to offer a better Siri support in order to take the TV viewing experience to the next level.
There is an increased possibility to come across the launch of new AirPods. The AirPods is a fully wireless pair of in-ear earbuds launched last year. We can expect the company to launch new pair of wireless earbuds or additional colors of the same.
The rumors and speculations have tipped that Apple might announce when the advanced home audio system - HomePod will be released. The pricing of the same is said to be $349 and it will be integrated with Siri.
Apple has been testing the iterations of iOS 11 and made several changes to the platform. The home screen might look similar to that of the iOS 11 but the notification center and lockscreen are combined. Also, the control center will be widgetized completely. Apple roll out the ARKit that will allow developers to create AR apps. You can get to know the new features that the iOS 11 will bring from here.
Apart from the 4K and HDR support for Apple TV, the updated tvOS is likely to include Amazon Prime video feature. The platform is expected to get some additional tweaks to the interface and a few standard apps that will encourage users to consume the original Apple content.
The watchOS 4 is believed to come with combined music features and a Siri based watch face.