IPhone users awaiting the arrival of Apple’s next-generation smartphone now have a date to circle on the calendar.
Apple will hold its annual product launch where it typically shows off new iPhone models and other product updates on Tuesday September 12, 2017
For the first time, the event will be held at the spaceship-shaped Steve Jobs Theater on its new Cupertino, California headquarters, expected to open later this year.
This year is expected to be a big one for Apple, since 2017 marks the 10-year anniversary of the iPhone. Rumors indicate the company will introduce three new devices at the event: the iPhone 7S, iPhone 7S Plus and the so-called iPhone 8, which will be the 10th anniversary edition.
We’re not expecting a huge change to the camera on the iPhone 7S, with just a single-lens rumored for the entry-level new iPhone.
The iPhone 7S line is expected to feature incremental updates, but the anniversary phone could get a whole new look.
In all cases there are sure to be some improvements though. The iPhone 7S Plus for example is said to have optical image stabilization for both lenses, rather than just one as is the case on the iPhone 7s.
Apple CEO Tim Cook was recently photographed with a taller device in his pocket, which lines up with rumors that it’ll come with a 5.8 inch display. To put that into perspective, the iPhone 7 is 4.7 inches and the iPhone 7 Plus is 5.5 inches.
The anniversary device is also expected to include an OLED display that has richer colors, wireless charging, a virtual home button and facial recognition technology. There’s lot of speculation about its price, too, which could start at $1,200 twice the cost of an unlocked one.
Apple is also expected to reveal its first cellular Apple Watch and a 4K Apple TV set-top box at the event.
Although the launch event is slated for September 12, it may take a while for customers to get their hands on a new iPhone. Some analysts believe the anniversary device could be in short supply, citing “constrained supplies.”