On Thursday Apple sent invitations to the media to announce its official September 9th event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. The company is expected to showcase the next iPhone 6s smartphone, as well as possible a Siri-enabled Apple TV set-top box.
iPhone 6s and Apple TV?
The invite has the tagline “Hey Siri, give us a hint”, which probably indicated a revamped and updated Apple TV. The set-top box is expected to have a new controller with touchpad, as well as a dedicated App Store for third-party applications.
In terms of the new iPhone, the “iPhone 6s” is said to have a feature called Force Touch, giving the same pressure-sensitive input method as the Apple Watch and MacBooks.
The event will be held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium which has a capacity of 7,000 people. The interesting thing is that it’s a much larger venue than normally used for the annual iPhone events – the Yerba Buena Centre holds almost 1,500 people while the Flint Centre can hold 2,400 visitors. Many people are wondering why the event needs such a large venue, and nearby streets are also said to be closed off for several days afterwards – possibly due to several days of free concerts as part of Apple’s yearly iTunes Festival (this year called the Apple Music Festival).
Apple is likely to make the iPhones available for sale the following Friday on September 18th if past schedules are anything to go by. The new Apple TV is also likely to be available soon after the announcement.
With just two weeks until the event, leaked details about the new iPhone have started to mount, though some details have already been known for quite some time. The new phones should gain ForceTouch, as well as 2 GB of RAM (up from 1 GB in current models).
The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus (the larger 5.5-inch model) will also come with a faster A9 CPU, as well as possibly the 7,000 series aluminium as the Apple Watch, making them much more durable than current models (and less susceptible to bending!).
Other recent leaks also suggest the iPhone 6s will have a 12- or 13-megapixel camera that can film 4K resolution video, in addition to possibly a front flash. Another outside rumour claims that the latest iPhones will add a fourth colour option to the lineup – rose gold, joining, silver, gold and space grey.