Later on today, Apple is expected to announce new products as well as updates to their current product line at their annual conference. As the internet has been awash with rumours and predictions for the last several months, I thought I would bring some of them to you to digest before the event.
Apple’s product release cycle usually follows this formula: Year 1- release iPhone, Year 2 – release update of previous iPhone with an added ‘S’ or ‘SE’ attached to the number. As the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were released in 2014 and the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus were released in 2015, it is reasonable for people to assume that 2016 will be the release of the iPhone 7. While it is looking positive, this may not be the case. Cast your mind back to June 29th 2007. That is the date the original iPhone was released. Apple may be saving the flagship iPhone 7 model’s release to coincide with the 10 year anniversary of the iPhone. While this is not a certainty, it is something to potentially consider.
It has been rumoured that the upcoming iPhone update is going to have an AMOLED screen, as used in the Apple Watches. The inclusion of this would be a definite step forward from the power hungry LCD screens as the AMOLED screen would help promote a longer battery life while at the same time displaying more colours as well as being more responsive.
3.5mm headphone jack
The internet has been buzzing, both positively and negatively, about the news that the new iPhone will lose its 3.5mm headphone jack. You can understand everyone’s frustration at this potential news. Having to either A) ditch your current headphones and buy new ones or B) buy an adapter to use your current headphones would both be costly. The rumours have stated that either Apple will utilise the lightning port at the base of the phone for headphones as well as powering the device or that it will ship with a Bluetooth (or some other wireless variant) set.
People are also expecting wireless charging, waterproofing, better battery life (the same as every year), haptic feedback for the on-screen keyboard, an improved camera, potentially a 3D camera on the Plus model as well as an A10 processor and 3GB of RAM in the Plus model.
The Apple Watch first appeared two years ago. Since then its release, the Apple Watch 2 rumours have been in full swing. As the current Apple Watch stock has started to decrease, it can be thought that the new watch is not far off (maybe a decent Christmas present?). The rumours are stating that the Apple Watch 2 is to get GPS and a barometer. These inclusions will help to pinpoint location more accurately. The fitness tracker is also expected to get an update so that you won’t have to carry your iPhone with you while you jog or cycle. The current generation of Apple Watches don’t have the greatest battery life and its expected that Apple will address this with the new incarnation.
Some pundits have reported the inclusion of a front facing camera to aid in FaceTime chats and a wireless chip that will allow the device to be untethered i.e. not need to rely on having your iPhone to hand as much. The upcoming Apple Watch is also said to feature an ARM Cortex A32 processor. One feature that is on a wish list, that we are hoping to see is the development and sale of smart straps. These could have a host of different features from boosting battery life to providing extra sensors for workouts etc.
We will follow up this article with an overview of everything Apple announces at its conference. What are some of the items on your wishlist for the new Apple Watch and iPhone? Let us know in the comments below.