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Will a 32GB iPhone7 sans headphone jack hit stores on Sept 7?

tech Updated: Aug 31, 2016 12:18 IST
Anirban Ghoshal
Anirban Ghoshal
Hindustan Times
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The buzz is that on the stage will be the latest iteration of the iPhone, which is due for a serious overhaul, along with variants of wearables.

Apple, which launches its new product lineup in September, on Monday sent out press invites for a “special event” on September 7 in San Francisco. The buzz is that on the stage will be the latest iteration of the iPhone, which is due for a serious overhaul, along with variants of wearables.

Here’s what you can expect from the new iPhone:

Colour: A darker shade of blue if leaked images are to be taken into account

Operating system: Likely to be the iOS 10. The iOS 10 is already out in beta version. September 7 will see the roll out of the finished version

Better battery backup: The new iPhone will come with slightly bumped up batteries at 1,735 mAh and 2,810 mAh respectively. While the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus use battery sizes of 1,715 mAh and 2,750 mAh, respectively. iPhone 6 and 6 Plus use 1,810 mAh and 2,915 mAh

Storage: The 16GB iPhone may no longer exist. The new version will come with minimum 32GB storage

Speaker grill at the bottom: According to a report from Chinese website MyDrivers, the new iPhone will have a second “speaker grill” at the bottom and no separate headphone slot. It is likely to sport a USB Type-C port, and need wireless bluetooth headphones or a headphone that connects to the lightning port

Camera: There will be a protruding camera. There might also be sport optical image stabilisation (the picture will not shake even if your hand trembles while shooting).

Design: A video from Nowhereelse.fr reveals the device will be close to the iPhone 6s in terms of design and size. There will be fewer antenna bands on the back.

Spoiler alert: An all-glass iPhone may be Apple’s blockbuster for the 10th anniversary edition, according to KGI’s securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo, known as the best Apple analyst.

Apple Watches - the smart wearables

Nobody was expecting Apple to launch any new products in the wearables 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.

It was KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo again who seemed to have broken the news. According to a detailed note by the analyst, which was passed on to investors citing detailed plans of Apple’s wearable for the next six months, the company is expected tp launch two watches with moderate improvements over its predecessor.

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.

Kuo also claims that Apple is not expected to change its wearable’s form factor any time soon or at least before 2017 and the iPhone-maker might add LTE support for standalone cellphone and data functionality in about a year’s time. Improvements on design, better health applications and FDA approval may also come in 2018.

He also expects the company to ship between 10 million and 11 million units of all kinds of watches, up from between 7 million and 7.5 million for 2016. The company had announced incremental software changes to the WatchOS during its July event this year in order to create more use cases and boost sales of the product.

Macbooks

The MacBook Pro is set to get its first update since its 2013 launch. Reports suggest a new machine could be in the works, which would enable Apple to benefit from the last two years of processor advances. On the cards is also a Retina MacBook Pro.