Apple’s iLaunch: What can we expect?
TV, Watch, iPhone, iPad all expected to get stage time at annual event
Apple is set to release a veritable smorgasbord of products, including iPhones, TV set-top boxes, two refreshed OS', a 12.9-inch iPad along with a new iPad mini, and some cosmetic updates to the Apple Watch at tonight's press event in San Francisco, California.
The event kicks off at 9pm and it will take Cupertino some time to get through the catalogue of devices, service and software receiving 2015 facelifts.
First up will likely be the iPhones, the undisputed stars of any September iLaunch. This time, we are expecting the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus, with Force Touch, a new processor and more memory. All the Apple fan sites we monitor suggest the rumoured iPhone 6C will not make an appearance.
When it launches the latest iPhone Apple also upgrades the software platform; iOS 9 includes a system called Proactive, which is designed to make the handset more intelligent and adjust its behaviour based on that of the user.
Apple TV is set to get a shakeup and will reportedly focus heavily on gaming. This means a hefty hardware upgrade so expect to see a price hike on the boxes.
For some time now, Apple fans have been cooing about a 12.9-inch iPad, commonly referred to as the iPad Pro. While its release date is thought to still be some time off, it is still expected to appear in stores by the end of the year. Its size is meant to allow the tablet to run two apps side by side on the screen. The iPad Pro will be joined on stage by the iPad mini 4.
Apple has not forgotten about its first wearable, and the Watch will get some new bands, colours and an update to its OS.
New Macs may also make an appearance, including a 21.5-inch model with a 4K display. But it is widely expected that El Capitan, the latest edition of Mac OS X, will be on display.
Other services, including Apple Music, will also get a mention.
ITP.net will report on the launch in full throughout the day on Thursday.