If you’ve been patiently waiting for Apple to launch its next iPhone, you might be excited to hear that Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C on 10 September at a special event. Updated with Macworld UK's video discussion about what to expect from Apple's 10 September event.
Every year in September or October Apple holds a special event to announce new products. This year is no different – Apple is holding an event on Tuesday 10 September. What's different about this year is the number of leaks we've seen of the rumoured iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C in the run up to the event – so it seems pretty certain that two new iPhones will launch. But which of the iPhone rumours will turn out to be true and what other new products can we expect Apple to launch?
What launched at last year's Apple event
Last year Apple held its event on the 12 September and it announced the iPhone 5 with the A6 chip and the lightning cable. We also got Panorama photographs, and iOS 6 bought Notification Centre, Photo Streams, FaceTime over 3G, and Passbook. Oh, yes, and Maps… It didn't launch until later that month though. There was also a new version of iTunes with Up Next, and the revamped iPods, including new look multi-touch iPod nano, multi-coloured iPod touch, and Ear Pods. New iPads came a month later at an event on 22 October.
Apple has issued invites to a 10 September event. This confirms reports from 10 August, when All Things D reported that sources had confirmed the 10 September event, so here, we've rounded up the speculation about what we can expect from the special event.
New iPhones in lots of colours
We're hearing that Apple will launch two new iPhones in a variety of colours at the event. The iPhone 5S will be the new flagship iPhone and it will, apparently come in white, black, graphite and gold versions. The iPhone 5C is rumoured to be a low-cost iPhone, although knowing Apple we don't expect it to be cheap. That model is said to come in up to eight different colours. We've seen photos of the rumoured iPhone 5C in yellow, green, white, blue, and red.
The iPhone 5S
On the outside, the iPhone 5S probably won't look much different to the iPhone 5, but internally, it's likely to have significant spec boosts.
We think that the iPhone 5S will have an improved camera, and it's likely to have a more powerful chip too, possibly the A7 rumoured to be 31% faster than the A6.
It's also believed that the iPhone 5S will have a fingerprint sensor built-in to the Home button, which would enable more iPhone security, ideal for mobile payments, for example. This should make the phone more secure if it also gains near field communications (NFC) features – although we've heard that due to concerns about security Apple may opt for a different, more secure technology called Bluetooth Smart.
We also expect to see improvements to the camera, back in April there was a report suggesting the next iPhone could have a 12 megapixel camera. We already know there will be new photo features in iOS 7 so how about a camera upgrade to match.
21.7 per cent of Macworld readers said in a recent poll that they are keeping their fingers crossed for an iPhone 5S on 10 September.
It's very likely that the iPhone 5S will come with iOS 7, which means a roll out of the new mobile operating system will closely follow the iPhone 5S's unveiling.
However, don't expect the software to be available to download on the 10th. Last year iOS 6 launched on 19 September - that was a week and a day after the keynote. Nuance, the company who provides some of the technology behind Siri, sent out an email to developers suggesting that the iOS 7 GA will be released on 10 September. The gold master of iOS 6 came out on 13 September and it was out in public six days later. So maybe we will be able to download iOS 7 on our iPhones and iPads on 16 or 17 September?
Apple has said that iOS 7 will be compatible with the iPhone 4, the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 5. And of course it will be pre-installed on the new iPhones.
iOS 7 has been completely redesigned and there are numerous new features, so, those who install it on their older iOS device will be treated to an all-new experience when they're using their iPhone or iPad.
Our iOS 7 preview gives you an in-depth look at what iOS 7 will bring to your device.
11.5 per cent of Macworld readers said in a recent poll that they are hoping for iOS 7 on 10 September.
There has been a lot of speculation about a cheaper iPhone model, which many expect will launch alongside the iPhone 5S at the 10 September event.
This low-cost iPhone, dubbed iPhone 5C or iPhone Lite, is rumoured to have a plastic rear shell and could be available in multiple colour options. There have been numerous leaked images showing components that allegedly belong to the cheaper iPhone.
Obviously, if the iPhone 5C is cheaper, we expect Apple to use cheaper materials to build it - plastic rather than aluminium. It's also thought it might have little or no storage – running apps and other content via iCloud. It is likely to offer both 3G and 4G – the 4G data connection making the lack of storage feasible.
There's another rumour that the iPhone 5C will use a different chip to the iPhone 5S, perhaps one from Qualcomm instead of one of Apple's A-series chips.
We expect that all the new phones will have the same size Retina display as the iPhone 5 – although it's feasible that Apple could opt for an inferior screen for the iPhone 5C. Don't expect Apple to bring out an iPhone with a larger screen yet.
9.3 per cent of Macworld readers said in a recent poll that they are hoping for an iPhone 5C on 10 September.
While everyone is obsessing about whether Apple is going to launch a television the company already has a device that brings content to your television. The Apple TV (read our Apple TV review here) is Apple's existing television device and it looks like it is set for an update following reports that shipments have arrived on US shores with the label: "Set Top Box with communication function".
According to a report the shipments arrived from China on 11, 18 and 25 August. Mac Rumours notes that judging from the size of the shipments, and the weight of the existing Apple TV the shipments likely contain 90,000 Apple TVs.
Apple sold two million Apple TVs in the Christmas quarter last year, as Apple CEO Tim Cook said in an interview with AllThingsD: "We've now sold over 13 million [Apple TVs], and about half of those in the last year. "
News that Apple recently bought Matcha.tv sparked rumours that the company is working on improving its interface for the Apple TV as Matcha was an iOS app that aimed to help users discover content by providing an overview of everything that is available to watch across a variety of services including Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Prime and more. This may make discoverability easier for users of the Apple TV, especially if claims that Apple is coming to agreement with content providers about bundling up their offerings as apps, similar to the current app versions of iPlayer and 4OD on the iPhone and iPad.
We expect that Apple will role out OS X (TEN) Mavericks soon, but not on the 10 September.
OS X Mountain Lion review launched on 25 July 2012, but it was first previewed five months earlier in February that year. Apple previewed OS X Mavericks in June, so we could be waiting until November to see the new version.
8.2 per cent of Macworld readers said in a recent poll that they are hoping for Mavericks on 10 September.
New Mac Pro
Apple previewed an all-new Mac Pro at WWDC in June, and said that the new professional Mac would hit the shelves later this year. Could Apple's 10 September event be the release date? We're not sure, but we think it's possible that Apple will shed some more light on when we can expect to see the Mac Pro in Apple Stores.
With the Intel Developers Forum taking place at the same time in San Francisco it seems likely that some people will be talking about the processor being used in the Mac Pro, we doubt Apple would want anyone else to steal its thunder.
See: Mac Pro Preview
9.4 per cent of Macworld readers said in a recent poll that they are hoping for the new Mac Pro on 10 September.
According to an Apple Insider report, Apple Store's around the US are running out of Apple AirPort Express, suggesting that Apple's 802.11n Wi-Fi router is about to get an 802.11ac update, like its big brother, the Airport Extreme and the Time Capsule, did recently. Read our review of Apple Airport Time Capsule here.
The new standard, 802.11ac, is sometimes referred to as 'Gig Wifi' or 5G WiFi, is the successor to 802.11n. 802.11ac promises bandwidth of up to 1.3Gbps. In comparison, 802.11n products provide connections of up to 450Mbps.
The latest model of iMac is less than a year old, but it's expected that Apple will want to launch iMacs powered by Intel's new Haswell processors soon.
The latest reports suggest that the Haswell-powered iMacs could be available for launch this month, but that Apple will wait a few weeks before annoucning them. This could mean a 10 September announcement for the new iMac.
New MacBook Pro
Apple could also be planning to unveil Haswell-powered Retina MacBook Pros at the 10 September event, according to the latest reports. Apple added the Haswell processors to its MacBook Air range earlier this year, so it's likely that Apple will want to bring the MacBook Pro range in line with its Air range.
The Haswell processors could help boost the graphics performance and battery life of the MacBooks.
AllThingsD's report makes no mention of the iPad 5 or iPad mini 2, but both of Apple's tablets are expected to get an update this year. We think that an October launch is more likely for the new iPad models.
15.8 per cent of Macworld readers said in a recent poll that they are hoping for iPad 5 on 10 September, while 9 per cent are most hoping for iPad mini 2.
New Mac mini
Another possible Haswell update candidate is the Mac mini, which was last updated in October. We haven't heard much speculation about design changes or other specifications but that doesn't rule out a 10 September update.
iMovie, iPhoto, Garageband, Pages, Keynote and Numbers haven't had a significant update in years. However, we do know that Apple is working on iWork in the Cloud, which is currently in beta, so it may officially launch on or around the 10 September special event.
Apple has said that it is working on "amazing" new products in "exciting new product categories," so many believe that an iWatch and an Apple television are in the works. However, All Things D highlights that "there is no indication either of those are close to debuting."
We think that, if Apple really is working on an iWatch and iTV, we'll be more likely to see the two new products unveiled in 2014.
6 per cent of Macworld readers said in a recent poll that they are hoping for iWatch on 10 September, while 7.7 per cent said Apple TV.
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