Apple announces September 9 event – iPhone 6 and iWatch on the way?

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Apple will hold its highly-anticipated iPhone 6 launch event on September 9 at the Flint Centre for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, California, the company has announced.

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The invitations, sent to the world’s technology press on Thursday, features a close-up image of the top of the Apple logo and the tagline: “Wish we could say more.”

As has been rumoured now for some months, it is expected that Apple will unveil a new larger iPhone with a 4.7-inch screen to compete with the bigger phones from rivals Samsung, LG, HTC and others.

A second new phone with a 5.5-inch screen – which some pundits say may be called the iPhone 6L – has also been rumoured.

Much of the pre-event speculation has centered on the use of “sapphire” display screens, said to be more scratch-resistant, for the new iPhone.

Other rumoured iPhone 6 features include a slim, rounded design, higher-resolution display, A8 processor, an improved M7 co-processor with a barometer and an air pressure sensor, near-field communication, Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and Apple’s iOS 8 software.

Recent rumours have also included a bigger-screen iPad and MacBooks with sharper displays

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Apple is also expected to announce a smartwatch at the event, which many have already dubbed the iWatch.

Little is known about what the iWatch will look or what it will do, but rumours have included a 2.5-inch rectangular display, up to 10 sensors – such as a heart-rate monitor – and a typical Apple stylish design.

As with the new iPhones, the iWatch will likely offer users fitness tracking via new platform HealthKit and the ability to control their smart home via HomeKit.

For the event, MacRumours reports that it appears Apple has been building a massive structure at the Flint Centre, which has been kept under tight wraps with a white barricade.

All will, we expect, be revealed on September 9 …

 

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Stuart O’Connor