Apple’s subsequent online-only launch will probably be Sept. 15 — and AR might play a task

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Apple’s occasion invite, which was despatched to reporters, suggests the launch might be in regards to the Apple Watch.

 


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Apple has set the date for its subsequent occasion. The corporate’s newest gadgets — which is able to doubtless embody the sixth-generation Apple Watch and a brand new iPad — will be unveiled on Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. PT. Like Apple’s Worldwide Builders Convention, the iPhone occasion will probably be held completely on-line amid continued considerations in regards to the coronavirus pandemic. Apple’s occasion will probably be streamed by way of its web site.

Apple’s invite, posted on its web site, included a variation on its emblem, performed in swirling blue traces that seems to be a little bit of AR trickery. The invite despatched to reporters included one other clue: the phrase “Time Flies.” That hints on the occasion specializing in the Apple Watch, Apple’s fashionable wearable, as a substitute of the primary 5G iPhone.

Apple sometimes holds a flashy product launch in September to point out off its latest iPhones. The Apple Watch, iPad and different gadgets sometimes take a again seat to Apple’s key smartphone, and the corporate at occasions holds one other occasion in October for its iPads and Macs.

This time round, although, Apple doubtless will concentrate on its wearable and pill for its Sept. 15 occasion. Apple has stated its latest iPhones, which is able to sport super-fast 5G connectivity, will be delayed “by a few weeks” this year due to manufacturing points associated to the novel coronavirus pandemic. It is doubtless the brand new iPhones will arrive in October, and Apple will maintain a brand new occasion at the moment to concentrate on its telephones.

Whereas the majority of Apple’s income nonetheless comes from the iPhone, it has been diversifying its operations.

 


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This fall’s Apple product launch is expected to touch off a wave of upgrade purchases, analysts say, with fans eyeing the iPhone’s rumored new 5G capabilities and its new boxier look, similar to that of the iPad Pro. Flashier rivals — such as Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 2 5G, with its foldable display, or Microsoft’s Surface Duo, with two screens sandwiched together — offer new spins on the standard metal-and-glass smartphone construction. But most consumers will be gravitating toward what they know.

This year, Apple’s expected to again announce three new models of its iPhone, replacing the $799 iPhone 11, $999 iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, which started at $1,099 when it launched last year. The prices are expected to largely remain the same, but Apple’s expected to upgrade the devices’ features, including better cameras, faster chips and the company’s newest software, iOS 14. Imortantly, they’ll be the first iPhones with 5G and a new, iPad-inspired design.

But perhaps the biggest standout of Apple’s product lineup in late 2020 may be its newest computer, which will be the first device powered by what the company calls Apple Silicon, or its own microprocessing chip.

Apple hasn’t shared many details about its newest computers, which will replace the Intel processors Apple’s relied on for 14 years with chips similar to the ones powering its iPhones, iPads and Apple TVs. Apple said it’ll continue to sell Intel-powered computers for now, but it’s clear where the company is headed.

“Hardware and software is fundamental to everything we do,” Apple’s CEO Tim Cook said when announcing the effort this summer. “It will take Mac to the next level.”

It also appears there’s an augmented reality component to Apple’s event on Sept. 15. When viewed on an iPhone, the Apple invite logo morphs into the event’s date: 9.15.

AR could provide Apple with a way to show people its new devices without having to be there in person. Tech companies have been trying to figure out the best way to hold virtual demo rooms, a key part of any product launch. Last week, Samsung released a gamified tour of a digital home with its new devices.

Apple has been pushing AR over the past several years. The most notable example is the popularity of the Pokemon Go game on its iPhones. The company also has been working on AR and VR goggles, but it’s unlikely

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