It’s that time of the year again. New iPhone’s, new iOS and OS X updates and this year a brand new Apple TV and possibly an iPad Pro later in the year. Apple confirmed this week that on the 9th of September they’ll be holding an event where they are expected to unveil the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus as well as a new Apple TV.
The event will take place at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California at 1000 PT (1800 BST). Just a quick note, the auditorium Apple have hired can hold 7000 people. When Apple hold WWDC, arguably the biggest event of the year, less than half the amount of tickets are available. Are Apple planning something big here? The iPad Pro? An iPhone 6c? An iCar?!?
We’ll start with the hardware. (I won’t be talking about the Apple TV as, well, it doesn’t particularly interest me to be honest!) This year we are in the “tock” phase* where Apple will unveil the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Force Touch will make its debut (although there are rumours it’ll be called Deep Press) which first made its appearance on the new MacBook followed by the Apple Watch. We are also expecting a RAM upgrade from 1GB to 2GB, finally! This will help with features such as multitasking (especially on iPad) and having multiple tabs open in Safari. Hallelujah!!
Next, the camera’s. It’s said that this year will be the biggest upgrade for both camera’s we’ve ever seen. Apple will be jumping from an 8-megapixel iSight camera to a 12-megapixel iSight camera with the ability to record in 4K. The FaceTime camera might include flash support but this remains to be seen. Filming in slo-motion in 720p is also expected on the FaceTime camera.
Next, the storage options. There have been rumours that Apple will be sticking with a 16GB model. Of course you’ll get people complaining but no-one is forcing them to buy it. iOS 9 requires less space and iCloud is used for storing photos and videos. Even music doesn’t need to be installed on the device now thanks to Apple Music, The A9 chip will provide faster performance while the battery is said to be a little smaller, although with the new chip Apple have will have added more efficiency so that the battery life will remain the same, it might be even better. Both phones will be around 0.2mm thicker to accommodate for Force Touch.
Finally, software. iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan have been in beta for nearly four months. iOS updates are normally released on the day after the event has taken place. Registered developers will see it on the 9th while a public release will shortly follow. For OS X updates, they are normally released in October when Apple has another event based around iPad’s and Mac’s.
I will be getting the next iPhone and I’ve already decided which model. I’ll be upgrading to a iPhone 6s with 64GB of storage. I’m unsure which colour to choose from though, we’ll just see what’s available when they give us all the details. (If Apple make the space grey model similar to the new iPod touch, I’ll probably for go that.) iOS 9 should run brilliantly on it with the A9 chip and the increased amount of RAM. I currently have a space grey iPhone 6.
So, when will it be released? If we look at previous iPhone launch, the event also took place on the 9th of September with pre-orders going live on the 12th and going on sale on the 19th. It’ll probably be the same dates for the upcoming 6s and 6s Plus. Once I get my hands on one, I will carry out my review so stay tuned.
* The tick-tock phase was originally a model from Intel but Apple also use the model to resemble the yearly release of the iPhone’s. The “tick” phase resembles major changes externally and minor changes internally. So the iPhone 4, iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 fall under the “tick” phase as they were completely different from their predecessors. The “tock” phase resembles major changes internally and minor or next to no changes externally. So the iPhone 4s, iPhone 5s and the upcoming iPhone 6s fall under the “tock” phase.