This has been a record-breaking year for Apple… and the company has only launched one major new product so far in 2015. Stop for a moment to think about how crazy that is. The new Apple Watch is barely a blip on the radar right now where Apple’s bottom line is concerned, but the company is still setting records with no other major launches.
Of course, all that is about to change, and Apple is gearing up for one of the busiest fall seasons in the company’s storied history. Apple fans can expect at least eight major launches squeezed into the remainder of 2015, and they’ll all fall within the span of just a few short months.
What exactly can we expect to see from Apple this fall?
First and foremost, Apple’s flagship iPhone will be refreshed next month. This iPhone 6s will be unveiled during a huge press conference on September 9th, and it’ll likely be released the following week on September 18th.
Want to learn about all of the coolest new features expected to be included in Apple’s refreshed iPhone? Check out the six most exciting new features coming to Apple’s iPhone 6s.
iPhone 6s Plus
Of course, the iPhone 6s isn’t the only new iPhone Apple fans have to look forward to in 2015. Apple’s supersized iPhone 6 Plus will also be replaced by its successor, the iPhone 6s Plus.
Just like the current 6 and 6 Plus duo, the iPhone 6s Plus is expected to be almost identical to the main iPhone 6s, but with a larger display.
iPad Air 3
The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus alone might not be enough to top Apple’s record-setting holiday quarter last year, so Apple is also expected to launch a brand new iPad Air 3. Expect upgraded internals and not much else from Apple’s new flagship iPad tablet.
iPad mini 4
As thin as the iPad Air line is, it might still be too big for some users. Apple also reportedly plans to debut a new iPad mini 4 alongside the Air 3, and it should feature similarly upgraded internal components.
That’s right, the new and improved Apple TV we’ve all been waiting for will finally be released this fall, following its unveiling on September 9th. Expect more power, more memory, a new remote and support for third-party apps… finally.
Sadly, you shouldn’t expect Apple’s streaming “pay TV killer” to debut alongside the new Apple TV this year.
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Apple's next-generation iPhone will take a few design cues from the Apple Watch, not only gaining the new Force Touch input method, but also utilizing the company's custom Series 7000 aluminum for a casing that will be up to 60 percent harder than the iPhone 6.
Information on the materials that will be used to build Apple's so-called "iPhone 6s" was detailed by well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, in a research note summarized by Macotakara.
According to Kuo, the next iPhone will be slightly wider and taller by about 0.15 millimeters, while it will be thicker by 0.2 millimeters — changes that could be due to the new Force Touch display expected in the device. For perspective, the current iPhone 6 measures 6.9 millimeters thick, while the iPhone 6 Plus is 7.1 millimeters.
AppleInsider's own sources confirmed in February that Apple plans on bringing its new Force Touch input method to the "iPhone 6s" this year, affirming earlier rumblings. Force Touch debuted in April on the Apple Watch and the company's latest MacBooks, allowing users to press harder on a display or trackpad to gain new contextual options.
Kuo said in April that he expects Force Touch on the "iPhone 6s" to bring about the most significant change to date for the iOS user interface. At the time, he said he believed Apple will implement Force Touch on the next iPhone by using capacitive technology.
As for the 7000 Series aluminum, Apple introduced it in the Apple Watch, touting that it had created an entirely new alloy that's 60 percent stronger than most aluminum, while just one-third the density of stainless steel.
Along with a revised casing material, Kuo also believes the colors on the next iPhone will be slightly tweaked, with the current gold model to become closer to yellow gold, while space gray will become darker than on the current iPhone 6.
Finally, Kuo is also said to have again reiterated that Apple plans to introduce a rose gold colored iPhone this year. The insider first revealed that information in May, but it remains unclear whether Apple plans to introduce simply a rose gold color, or release a premium iPhone made of actual 18-karat gold.
Apple first introduced the "gold" color with the iPhone 5s beginning in 2013. However, iPhone models to date have not been made of actual gold, unlike the luxury Apple Watch Edition which is made of 18-karat gold and starts at $10,000.
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Apple’s summer “Apple Camp” program for students will expand to become a year-round program beginning in September, according to a message from Apple Retail head Angela Ahrendts to employees this week. Ahrendts also noted that field trips and programs for teachers will also become year-round. Here’s Ahrendts message to employees on the matter, per Apple Retail employees:
We’re also, for September, expanding our summer camps and our field trips for students, for teachers, to make those a year-round program. I don’t have to tell you the impact they make on so many lives and the energy they bring to the store, so why not continue that program throughout the year?
Apple’s retail website for students still lists Apple Camp as returning during the summer of 2016, but this page will likely be updated in the coming weeks to reflect the new strategy. These changes come as part of two initiatives from Apple: the company’s growing involvement in the education sector and in improving free workshops. Starting September 28th, Apple will stop selling its $99/year One to One program in favor of more interactive and free workshops.
Google on Monday announced Android Wear for iPhone, bringing support for the search giant's wearable device platform, as well as select devices, to Apple's best selling handset.
The new Android Wear for iOS will also bring Google into even more direct competition with the Apple Watch. Android Wear devices have been on the market for about a year longer than Apple's first-generation wearable, but thus far the Android Wear platform has failed to gain much traction.
Google's hoping that support for iOS will change that. Compatibility with Android Wear is available on the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus, and it requires iOS 8.2 or later.
Key features of Android Wear for iOS, according to Google, include:
Get your info at a glance: Check important info like phone calls, messages, and notifications from your favorite apps. Android Wear features always-on displays, so you'll never have to move your wrist to wake up your watch.
Follow your fitness: Set fitness goals, and get daily and weekly views of your progress. Your watch automatically tracks walking and running, and even measures your heart rate.
Save time with smart help: Receive timely tips like when to leave for appointments, current traffic info, and flight status. Just say "Ok Google" to ask questions like "Is it going to rain in London tomorrow?" or create to-dos with "Remind me to pack an umbrella."
The Weeknd’s performance of ‘I Can’t Feel My Face’ at last night’s MTV VMAs was so hot, even Kanye got up to dance to the song of summer. The singer didn’t go home with a moon last night but Apple Music debuted a new two-part ad that features John Travolta and a trippy club scene.
Apple Music has played songs by the Weeknd more than any other artist this summer. The Weeknd’s newest album, Beauty Behind the Madness was released on August 28th and is available for streaming on Apple Music.
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