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What to expect at the 9 September Apple event

Lewis Painter | Aug. 31, 2015
We listed our predictions for the event based on the flurry of Apple-related rumours that seem to crop up around this time of year, and it sounds like there is more than iPhones in the works...

However, a Buzzfeed report has appeared that claims that "Sources familiar with Apple's plans" say that the event will be held week commencing 7 September, and that Wednesday 9 September is the most likely date because it is the same day as Apple held the equivalent event in 2014.

What to expect at the September Apple event: New iPhone(s)
Of course, the one thing that is almost certain about Apple's September event is that we'll get to finally see the much-rumoured iPhone 6S (or iPhone 7 if that's what you call it!) and 6S Plus. So, what's so special about the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus (we'll just refer to them both as the 6S from now on)? Firstly, rumour has it that the next generation of iPhones will feature a brand new colour, namely Rose Gold to match the Apple Watch Edition, a colour that we think will prove hugely popular amongst consumers.

So, apart from the aesthetics, what's the big fuss about the next-generation iPhone? The flagship feature of the iPhone 6S seems to be Force Touch technology, which has already been implemented into both the Apple Watch and new MacBooks. There have been a number of rumours surrounding the introduction of Force Touch on the iPhone appearing over the past few weeks, and recent display leaks suggest that it may be true.

iphone 6s leaked photo display
Macworld UK

The addition of Force Touch technology means that for the first time ever, the 'S' iteration of the iPhone will be wider than the original, as the technology adds around 0.2mm of width to the iPhone.

The iPhone camera has, in terms of megapixels, stayed the same since the announcement of the iPhone 4S back in 2011. Where Apple's rivals have decided to cram as many megapixels into their cameras as possible, Apple decided to concentrate on the internals of the camera to improve quality - as any photographer will tell you, more megapixels doesn't always equate to better quality.

With this being said, rumours suggest that Apple is set to offer a 12Mp camera with the iPhone 6S. The rumours also suggest that the next-gen iPhone will offer "DSLR-quality imagery" with a two-lens system capable of 3D images, however this may not be the case as leaked CAD designs suggest that the next iPhone will have only a single lens. There's also a rumour suggesting that the 6S won't feature a camera upgrade, but we're choosing to ignore that one!

As well as this, rumours (and looking at past events) suggests that the iPhone 6S will also feature Apple's own A9 processor and will feature 2GB of RAM, compared to the A8 chip and 1GB of RAM available in the iPhone 6/6 Plus. It has also been suggested that we may see an improved Touch ID sensor, especially as Apple Pay is becoming available in new countries.

 

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