We’ve less than three days to go! Exactly a year after it unveiled the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and Apple Watch, Apple has scheduled another live event in which to showcase its new iPhone 6s(or iPhone 7) and, most probably also an iPhone 6s Plus. AND we’ll get to see the final version of iOS 9. Here’s what to expect from Apple’s 9 September 2015 iPhone event and how to watch the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus launch live. Also see: iPhone 6 review; iPhone 6 Plus review.
When is the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus launch? Hey Siri, give us a hint
Apple sent out invitations to its 9 September iPhone launch which will be held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco at 10am on 9 September. For those of us watching in the UK, that’s 6pm BST.
The iPhone event invitations carried the teaser “Hey Siri, give us a hint,” suggesting Siri will have a large role in proceedings. But Siri has been none too helpful in giving out the information people want, providing some of the responses listed below. So it’s a good job you’ve got us to tell you what to expect – scroll down the page for more details on the new iPhone launch or check out our slideshow of the best new features coming to the iPhone 6s.
- “Well I hear there’s something big happening on 9 September.”
- “You’re cute when you’re desperate for information.”
- “Why don’t you check a rumours blog? That’s what I do.”
- “I can neither confirm nor deny that I am not authorised either to confirm or deny that I cannot disclose anything that you would then have to confirm. In any case, I would deny it. Got it?”
- “Can you get a hint? No. You may, however, get a what what.”
- “Jet fuel can’t melt steel beams.”
- “The only hint I can give you right now is a hint of lime. And that there’s a big announcement on September 9.”
How to watch the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus launch live
You can tune into the new iPhone event live at 6pm BST on 9 September by visitingapple.com/apple-events/september-2015.
Well, you can if you have the right hardware. You’ll need to be running the Safari browser on an Apple iPhone, iPad, iPod running iOS 7.0 or later, a Mac with OS X 10.8.5 or later, or aWindows 10 PC running the new Edge browser. For years we wrongly assumed Apple was snubbing Windows users, but no: the reason is that Edge supports HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) which Apple uses for launch events, yet Internet Explorer, Chome and Firefox do not.
Don’t worry if you don’t own any of those devices, because we’ll be hosting a live blog of the Apple iPhone launch on this very page, and promise to keep you up to date with the announcements as they happen.
Poll: Which Apple product do you want to hear more about on 9 September?
What to expect from the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus launch event
Well, erm, obviously a new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Apple could call its 2015 iPhones the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, but it’s more likely we’ll see those in September 2016. There will be the final version of iOS 9, which Siri is clearly involved in, along with watchOS 2 (probably not on a new Apple Watch 2, but here’s hoping). And we could get a new Apple TV and some HomeKit gear to go with the Home app that should make an appearance in iOS 9.
It’s been rumoured that Apple will not hold an October event in 2015, which is when it would usually announce its new iPads, the new OS X – El Capitan – and new hardware such as iMacs. If that turns out to be true, we could see any or all of those things announced on September 9 – potentially with a new iPad Pro joining the iPad mini 4 and iPad Air 3.
For the main event, though, it’s iPhone and iOS all the way. Here’s what to expect.
iPhone 6s & iPhone 6s Plus launch
The ‘S’ upgrades usually comprise under-the-hood rather than major design changes, but the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are rumoured to come in new colours – rose gold and, potentially, pink. And they could include the Force Touch technology built into the Apple Watch and MacBooks, which enables them to tell the difference between a tap and a press. If that’s true, they will be a little thicker (0.2mm) than their predecessors.
While its competitors are increasingly cramming in the phone cameramegapixels, the iPhone has since the 2011 4s had just 8Mp to offer. It does a good job with the hardware it has to hand, but there’s room for well-overdue improvement. Rumour has it the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will come with 12Mp cameras. We could be about to see DSLR-quality photography from the iPhone, according to sources.
Also new will be the Apple A9 chip and M9 motion co-processor hidden inside, promising a welcome performance boost over the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. And will there be 2GB of RAM in the new iPhones? That’s what people are saying. Come on Apple, surprise us.
That’s just a handful of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus rumours circulating on the web. For full details on each phone see iPhone 6s UK release date, price, specification rumours andiPhone 6s Plus UK release date, price, specification rumours.
iOS 9 launch
With a new iPhone comes new software, and we took our first look at iOS 9 back in June at WWDC.
Proactive is the big new feature in iOS 9, promising to learn your habits and suggest apps and actions based on those habits. For example, if you listen to music on your way to work, the iPhone’s Proactive feature will learn this about you and, next time you plug in your headphones during the commute, serve up a Music shortcut on the lock screen.
As we mentioned earlier, many of the upgrades to the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will concentrate on performance rather than design. And so it will be with iOS 9. Battery life is a major bugbear for iPhone users, and something iOS 9 should address, so the fact iOS 9 will also be available to owners of older iPhone handsets should come as good news.
For more details on iOS 9 check out our iOS 9 UK release date and new features article.