Knowing that Apple’s iPhone 8 was coming out in September, since that’s when most new iPhone’s are launched, I have been holding on to my old iPhone 6s. Imagine my excitement to find this article from the Verge about Apple’s iPhone 8 event on September 12th! Per Chaim Gartenberg from the Verge, Apple has sent out invites for its event on September 12th at the Apple campus in Cupertino, CA. At the event it is rumored they will reveal the iPhone 8 plus updates to the Apple Watch, 4K Apple TV, iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra.
There is speculation that Apple will announce three new iPhones at the event: a next-generation iPhone 8 model with an edge-to-edge OLED display and a new 3D face-scanning camera, according to earlier reports in Bloomberg; and updated versions of the current iPhone 7 and 7 Plus with wireless charging.
It is also rumored Apple will likely release the final version of its iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra software that was originally announced but not launched on June 5th at the WWDC earlier this year. The WWDC announcement and previews of the iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra that where released are below for those that did not attend, cover, or read about WWDC 2017.
- iOS 11 was previewed with a major update to the mobile operating system, bringing new experiences and hundreds of features to iPhone and iPad this fall.
- iOS 11 is the biggest software release ever for iPad, with powerful multitasking features, the Files app and more ways to use Apple Pencil.
- iOS devices come with a new platform for developers to build apps that let users place virtual content on top of real-world scenes. CoreML gives developers on-device machine learning capabilities so they can easily make apps that will predict, learn and become more intelligent.
- Additional features include the ability to pay friends using Apple Pay, Do Not Disturb while driving, a new voice for Siri and new professional capabilities to Photos and Camera.
- iOS 11 is available as a developer preview today and will be a free software update for iPhone and iPad this fall.
- The macOS High Sierra was previewed which is the latest version of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, delivering new core storage, video and graphics technologies.
- It offers an all-new file system, support for High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) and an update to Metal, Apple’s advanced graphics technology that powers everything from machine learning to virtual reality content creation.
- macOS High Sierra also includes a number of refinements to the apps Mac customers use every day, including Photos, Safari and Mail.
- Apple announced HomePod, a breakthrough wireless speaker for the home that delivers amazing audio quality and uses spatial awareness to sense its location in a room and automatically adjust the audio.
- It is designed to work with an Apple Music subscription for access to over 40 million songs, HomePod provides deep knowledge of personal music preferences and tastes and helps users discover new music.
- HomePod features a large, Apple-designed woofer for deep, clean bass, a custom array of seven beam-forming tweeters that provide pure high frequency acoustics with incredible directional control and powerful technologies built right in to preserve the richness and intent of the original recordings.
- HomePod will be available starting in December, initially in Australia, the UK and the US and pricing is TBD.
Of course the invitations Apple sent out were vague with no information on products to be announced or what will be going on at the event just a simple “Let’s meet at our place.” As of now it’s all speculation till September 12th and I for one can’t wait!