Finally, Apple has sent out invites for its official unveiling event this next Wednesday, September 7. Both media and enthusiast will meet at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California. The long awaited event will kick off at 10:00 am PT.
“See you on the 7th” are the only words in the invite sent to a select group of tech and media outlets. The design features a black background with out-of-focus colored lights in what may be a hint to possible features of new products.
The announcement ends all speculation about the event date, but it has also fanned the flames even more regarding the featured product lineup.
Almost undeniably at this point, the iPhone 7 is expected to be the star of the show.
— Paulo (@Mr_GreenGold) August 29, 2016
Apple will confirm or bust all rumors surrounding the iPhone 7
Apple’s invite aligns with the predictions made by notorious tech leaker Evan Blass on Twitter back in late July. Blass claimed pre-orders for the new iPhone would start on September 9th, further alleging the widespread release would happen on Monday, September 12.
“You can extrapolate the launch even from there,” said the tech reporter. Now with official confirmation from Apple, that reported release timetable seems plausible for the next generation handset.
Aside from the release date rumors, specs and design are among the most speculated features on the new iPhone. Widely accepted unofficial reports claim the latest smartphone from Apple will finally ditch the 16 GB base storage standard for 32 GB.
Moreover, the device will pack the most recent chipset in the form of an A10 processor and allegedly support optical image stabilization for both models.
However, only the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus will sport the exciting new dual-lens camera, a feature that may take pictures with the image distortion effect seen on the official event invite.
Further reports claim the upcoming iPhone will drop the 3.5 mm headphone jack for a slimmer body. That body might come in a new dark tone, either blue or black according to unofficial sources.
The Apple Watch 2, MacBook Pro, and iOS 10 will possibly show up as well
Contrary to recent rumors claiming the iPad Mini 5 would be part of the product lineup revealed at Apple’s official event, a different group of usual suspects is apparently taking the stage along with the iPhone 7.
The Apple Watch 2 is the strongest-sounding candidate for an upgrade reveal on September 7, as the original Apple Watch is already overdue for a new version since its launch nearly a year and a half ago.
On the other hand, the MacBook Pro receives yearly model updates on its third generation laptops, but they are all minor tweaks compared to the overall overhaul it received back in 2012. Next generation MacBook Pros with dynamic keyboards are rumored to show up soon, possibly as early as next week.
Lastly, the new hardware is expected to pair along some new software, with Apple possibly previewing updates for iOS and WatchOS. For all those who want to find out, make sure to tune in Apple’s event live stream this September 7.