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Apple’s “Hey, Siri” Event Hints at New iPhones, Revamped Products and Maybe, Just Maybe, a New iPad Debut

Posted by Clayton Luz on Sep 7, 2015 7:05:00 AM

Apple’s annual September event is on the horizon. The tech giant’s Sept. 9th hardware event hints at unveiling its iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus models, Apple Watch Sport bands, and a more expensive, tricked-out Apple TV with Siri capabilities.

Rumors abound the company may also trot out its largest iPad yet. The company usually takes an every-other-year approach to its iPhone update. The odd years denote any physical changes, the even-number years report internal and incremental improvements. Industry analysts figure this year’s possible early introduction of the 12.9 inch tablet may allow for developers to create apps. As reported by 9to5Mac, Apple plans to start shipping the iPad Pro (its likely name) in November.

NEW iPHONES PROMISE FASTER PROCESSING SPEEDS, LONGER BATTERY LIFE AND FRIENDLIER HAPTIC INTERFACE

As is custom, Apple’s fall event this year will showcase the next-generation iPhones. According to CBS News, leaked photos suggest the products’ casing resemble that of the iPhone 6. However, it’s what insides that counts in this year’s iteration, the ninth in the product’s history.

The new iPhones include a faster processor and better battery life, courtesy of its iOS 9 mobile operating system and new Qualcomm-made LTE chip, both of which Apple unveiled last June at its annual developer conference. The MDM9635M chip, or ‘9x35’ Gobi modem platform as it’s also known, promises significant performance improvements, reports 9to5mac. The chip has the potential to reach 300 Mbps download speeds, double the current generation’s speed.

Buzzfeed reports the phones will hit the market with “a pressure-sensitive Force Touch display
and an improved camera system, as well. Already a feature in Apple Watch and newest MacBook trackpads, Force Touch differentiates between a tap from a press which allows access to a range of contextually specific controls.

APPLE TV READY TO FINALLY DEBUT

Apple also is expected to unveil its new Apple TV box. In the first revamp since its last generation update in 2012, the device will reportedly feature a slimmer chassis, Apple’s A8 system on chip, an increase in on-board storage, a device integration kit and an improved operating system that will support Siri voice control, according to Buzzfeed. The online publisher adds that the device will “debut alongside a long-awaited App Store and the software development kit developers need to populate it.”

The iPhone maker was expected to unveil a new version of the device last June at its annual Word Wide Developers Conference, but it instead launched the Apple Music streaming service.

Apple publicized the event with an invitation-only announcement: "Siri, give us a hint."

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