Before August ended, Apple sent out invitations to its annual iPhone event. This year, the big event will be on September 10 at the Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California.
On the invitation, Apple did not specify what they plan to announce during the event. However, it is believed that the tech giant will be unveiling its newest iPhones.
Apple’s fall event comes at a time when the company is dealing with some changes. Over the past decade, sales of the iPhones have bought Apple hundreds of billions of dollars to the company. However, in the first three months of 2019, iPhone shipments fell by 20% year-on-year. Despite this, it still dominated the premium smartphone market shipments during the first quarter of 2019 by 47%.
The company is also dealing with the trade war between the United States and China. The tension between two of the biggest economies in the world has become a threat to Apple’s highly efficient supply chain strategy. Before the year ends, 46 out of 50 Apple products made in China could face tariffs.
With these looming issues looming in the background, this won’t deter Apple from pushing forward with its highly-anticipated iPhone-centered event.
This year, Apple is expected to reveal three new iPhone models. Since 2017, Apple has announced at least three new models in its iPhone event. The newest models will be the successors to iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max.
During its fall event, Apple usually rolls out an update on its chip system. Apple might be presenting its new A13 chip. Its Face ID system might also be upgraded as well. The upgrade to its Face ID sensor would recognize more angles of the user’s face.
There are talks about the new iPhones and their bilateral wireless charging feature. This allows the user to use the Qi-based device to transfer power between two iPhones, charge the Apple watch, or charge the Wireless AirPods case.
The 2019 line of iPhone might have better indoor positioning and navigation courtesy of the Ultra-Wide Band support. They are also expected to support the faster Wi-Fi 6 specification (802.11x).
Among the rumored new iPhone models, two are said to fall under the “pro” category. These are expected to include a new, triple-camera system in a square-shaped bump. It might include a 12-megapixel telephoto lens, a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a new 12-megapixel super wide-angle lens.
This new feature will able to capture low-light images, wide-angle photos, and near-professional videos better. These two devices will have OLED displays.
The other model is said to be the successor of the cheaper iPhone XR. Similar to last year’s device, it will have an LCD. It might also come in new colors like green and lavender. Instead of a triple-lens camera, it might have a dual-lens camera that would include a telephoto lens and a wide-angle lens.
There are also rumors about the new iPhones’ video recording features. Apple fans might be introduced to a feature that allows users to apply effects, retouch, and crop video in real-time as it is being recorded.
While we have to wait for the big reveal, there are speculations that the new iPhones will somehow look like the current models with 5.8, 6.5, and 6.1-inch screens.
Bigger batteries are also expected from the new iPhones. This means more battery life for the devices. The three new models could have 3,000mAh, 3,200mAh, and 3,500mAh batteries.
With its September 10 reveal, pre-orders for the iPhones are expected to start on September 13 and launch on September 20.
The new line of iPhones may not be the only subject of the upcoming Apple event. There are rumors of a new Apple Watch to be launched alongside the iPhones.
The Apple Watch might feature a new built-in sleep-tracking feature. This would help measure the user’s quality of sleep and other health-related data that Apple can collect through the Watch like glucose and blood pressure levels.
In terms of products, the iPhones and Apple Watch are the main ones to look out for in the upcoming event. However, there might also be talks about the new iOS software update and other surprises from the Cupertino-based tech giant.