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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The updated version of the PayAnywhere mobile credit-card reader is set to launch next month, and it will be all about Apple Pay.
This new partnership will help make good on some of Apple head Tim Cook’s bold claims during the company’s most recent earnings report.
PayAnywhere‘s new reader will launch exclusively for sale on Apple’s online store and physical retail locations in September, continuing Apple’s recent trend of cozying up to select third-party vendors that make the most of its services. Yesterday, the first third-party Apple Watch accessory landed on Apple Store shelves, a dock that is well suited for the upcoming Nightstand Mode in watchOS 2. Apple has also played favorites with smart thermostats, dumping the Nest in favor of the Ecobee3, which is compatible with Apple’s HomeKit home-automation framework.
“We are thrilled to offer PayAnywhere to sellers and business owners of all sizes and types, anywhere in the U.S.,” said Marc Gardner, founder of PayAnywhere parent company North American Bancard in a press release announcing the deal. “Customers will be able to purchase a solution which will enable them to accept Apple Pay on their iPhone or iPad.”
The company is so sure that people will love its reader that it’s waiving the 2.69% transaction fee on the first $5,000 in sales for new users of its service. That means a savings of about $135.
During Apple’s third-quarter earnings call last month, Tim Cook announced that Apple Pay was set to be available in 1.5 million locations by the end of this year. We’re not sure if this figure includes individual vendors using both PayAnywhere and the upcoming, Apple Pay-compatible Square reader, but it definitely can’t hurt the cause.
The PayAnywhere reader will sell for $39.95 when it launches next month, and it will work through a free iOS app. In addition to Apple Pay, the reader will accept physical cards from Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. It will also be compatible with other contactless payments like PayPal and EMV cards that store data on microchips instead of the traditional magnetic stripe.
Apple sent out invites this morning to its iPhone 6s event on September and while event’s location is getting a lot of attention, Apple has also decided to do something completely unprecedented: allow people running Windows to watch it.
Streaming Apple keynotes has usually required viewers to tune in with the Safari browser on OS X, or via iOS and Apple TV. This year Apple is expanding the audience to also include Windows 10 users, according to the event page posted on the company’s website this morning.
Apple is expect to announce the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus at the keynote, along with a redesigned Apple TV that will support third-party apps and include a new controller. The keynote will take place at the historic Billy Graham Civic Auditorium where Apple first unveiled the Apple II computer.
If you’re not running Windows 10 you can also watch the keynote on any iOS device, as well as the Apple TV (2nd and 3rd gen only), and from Apple’s website in the Safari browser.
In a surprising move, Apple Music senior director Ian Rogers has left Apple – just two months after the new streaming service was launched.
Rogers was key in shaping Apple’s online radio strategy, leading to the launch of Beats 1. Prior to joining Apple in August 2014, he worked as CEO at Beats Music.
It’s not known exactly why Rogers left Apple, or whose decision it was, but it is certainly unexpected. In a blog post published on his personal website at the time of the Apple Music launch, Rogers described how it was “hard not to feel like the last 20+ years was leading to this day.”
Rogers will be going to work for a company based in Europe in an “unrelated industry,” although his LinkedIn profile has yet to show his departure from Apple.
Reports about the success of Apple Music have so far been mixed. The service has received a drubbing from some influential tech reporters, while one report claimed that close to half of listeners have already stopped tuning in – despite Apple Music still being in its free trial period.
Apple, however, refuted those claims, saying, “79 percent of users who have signed up for Apple Music are still using the service.”
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