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Apple launch event: Expect new iPhones, Watches and MacBooks

business Updated: Sep 07, 2016 17:23 IST
Anirban Ghoshal
Anirban Ghoshal
Hindustan Times
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In line with the trend, several leaks, reports and rumours have suggested that the new phone will only have incremental updates rather than being a game changer.

The iPhone 7 is expected to make its global debut on Wednesday, and it is going to be very important for the technology giant, as the latest entrant will have to makeup for sliding profits and the failure of the iPhone SE.

The four-inch iPhone SE, which was aimed at emerging markets, failed to impress consumers and the effect was immediately seen on the company’s shipments.

Analysts have advised iPhone makers to include features such as waterproofing and wireless charging, adding that if Apple wants to grow, it needs to catch up in these areas.

In just a few hours, Apple will unveil new products to try and raise its profits and here is what you can expect:

The next iPhone or iPhone 7

Every time Apple launches a new phone, there is anticipation about the next innovation in smartphones. In line with the trend, several leaks, reports and rumours have suggested that the new phone will only have incremental updates rather than being a game changer.

If you are an iPhone user, you have always craved for better battery backup from your smartphone and Apple’s new iPhone 7 might just give that to you. The soon-to-be-released iPhone 7 and larger-screen variant iPhone 7 Plus, which the Cupertino-based smartphone maker is expecting to be its saviour as the company is on the backfoot with falling sales of iPhones, will come with slightly bumped up batteries at 1,735 mAh and 2,810 mAh respectively.

Photos directly from the factory floor posted on Chinese microblogging site Weibo revealed codes that shows the slight change in battery capacity.

Other changes will also include a USB Type-C, protruding camera and a missing headphone jack. Also, a video, obtained by the usually accurate, reveals that the new Apple device will be similar to the iPhone 6S in terms of design and size. Besides the fewer antenna bands on the back of the device, the protruding camera is the only change in design. The new camera is expected to be more feature-rich and a substantial upgrade from the older devices. It might even sport optical image stabilisation (OIS), a feature unique to the Plus version of the 6S series of iPhones.

Some of you have also heard about an all-glass iPhone but that may be not up for another year. KGI’s securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo, known as the best Apple analyst, has suggested that the Apple Inc is planning an all-glass iPhone for its 10th anniversary edition.

Apple Watch - the smart wearable

Nobody was expecting Apple to launch any new products in the wearable category this year till the time reports suggested that it will launch the next variant of the Apple Watch along with an improved variant of the old one.

The second version, dubbed “Apple Watch 2,” is also expected to share the same general design as current models, but will include a GPS radio and barometer for improved geo-location capabilities. A higher capacity battery will be included to power the advanced components, but its size will prohibit Apple’s usual generational device slimming.

The company had announced incremental software changes to the WatchOS during its July event this year.

The MacBooks

Called the best product ever produced by Apple, the MacBook Pro is set to get an update for the first time after 2013 when it was launched. Although external remodelling seems like a far-fetched idea, references within El Capitan’s code suggest a new machine could be in the works, which would enable the company to benefit from the last two years of processor advances. The chips could also go through a change and Apple might have to choose between Skylake and E5 V4 Broadwell chips.

Coming to the MacBook Air, there might be some bad news. Apple may be considering retiring the Air.

Also, the Mac mini missed out on being updated in 2015 users can hope to see a 2016 update to the machine that is currently using Haswell processors.