Here’s What to Expect at Apple’s Sept. 9 Event
Apple has sent out invitations for an event scheduled for Sept. 9 in Cupertino, California, and it looks like it’s going to be a big one. From rumors about multiple iPhone 6s to murmurs of new iPads and even reports of the fabled iWatch, it looks like this mystery event could be one of the biggest Apple has hosted in a long time.
We’ll be on the ground in Cupertino live-blogging the proceedings and offering commentary on the products Tim Cook and company unveil. But until then, here’s a taste of what we expect to see from Apple on Sept. 9.
Two new iPhones
An artist’s mock-up of the iPhone 6. We’ll find out how accurate it is on the 9th!
Apple is widely expected to unveil not one but two new versions of its iPhone 6, a 4.7-inch model and a 5.5-inch model. So what can you expect from these new iPhones?
For starters, the phone’s sizes will be significantly larger than the current iPhone 5s, which measures 4 inches diagonally. For comparison, Samsung’s flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, has a 5.1-inch screen.
The vast majority of Android and Windows smartphones on the market today offer displays that are larger than 4 inches, and it looks like the folks at Cupertino are moving in the same direction.
According to reports, the iPhone 6 will sport a slimmer, more rounded design than the iPhone 5s and a higher display resolution, meaning that photos, videos, and webpages will look sharper. Speaking of the iPhone 6’s screen, rumors indicate that the next iPhone may use what’s called a sapphire crystal display, making the screen more durable and crack resistant.
There has been much talk about whether Apple has enough sapphire crystal on hand to produce displays for all of its 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones. Earlier this month, The Wall Street Journal indicated that Apple might equip only its high-end models with crystal displays.
9to5Mac, meanwhile, reported that analyst Matt Margolis believes all 5.5-inch iPhone 6 models will get crystal sapphire displays, while only some 4.7-inch models will get them. The remaining 4.7-inch iPhones, Margolis claims, will receive normal Gorilla Glass displays, which make up current iPhone screens.
Beyond their displays, the two iPhones are also expected to receive more powerful A8 processors than the A7s found in the iPhone 5s, which could give the next-generation iPhone a significant performance boost.