Apple has set up a countdown last Thursday on its website to the special unveiling of its much anticipated products. On the day of the event, keynote speeches from CEO Tim Cook, Senior Vice Presidents Craig Federighi, Eddy Cue, and Phil Schiller will be webcast live on the Apple website and through iTunes on any iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Cook will take to the stage of the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, where Steve Jobs unveiled the first Apple Macintosh computer in 1984, to announce the iPhone 6 and the company’s new wearable computer, iWatch, on Tuesday, September 9th at 10:00 a.m. PDT.
6 Features You Can Expect:
- Larger Screen: it will be available in two sizes: a 4.7-inch, predicted by analyst Ming-Chui Kuo to be a 1334×750, retina display screen, and a 5.5-inch, 1920×1080 as predicted by Kuo, retina display screen. The screen is expected to make use of a durable sapphire front to prevent scratches and cracks.
- Design: the new design draws on the round edges of the iPad Air, with pill-shaped volume buttons, and is considerably thinner than the iPhone 5s.
- Larger Memory Option: the iPhone 6 5.5-inch model is expected to be the only model that will have a 128 GB storage capacity option. According to MacRumors, the 4.7-inch device will offer the 16GB option, “1GB of RAM, support for NFC, and a Qualcomm MDM9625 Modem that supports speeds of up to 150 Mbps.”
- Faster Processor: a faster and more efficient processor (the A8) that is expected to give the device a significant performance boost.
- Mobile Wallet: the Near Field Communication (NFC) chip, designed by NXP, will allow phone users to use their phone to pay for goods and services. Apple has partnered with MasterCard, Visa, and American Express to eliminate the need for physical credit and debit cards. The NFC is expected to work closely with the Touch ID fingerprint sensor to provide secure mobile payments.
- Camera Improvements: the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 model will include an Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) that will result in higher quality images and videos of dimly lit settings than the digital image stabilization that is featured in current iPhone cameras.
But some Apple fans aren’t even waiting for the debut counter to hit zero. Their zeal has them already queuing for the iPhone 6 a week before it has been announced. Fans in New York have begun lining up outside the 5th Avenue Apple store in Manhattan to get their hands on the newest Apple product on September 19, but no matter how hard they try, they won’t be the first. In Australia, Apple fans have recognized the perks of their time zone and intend to be the first to get their hands on the iPhone 6 on its release date before the rest of the world. The introductory price for the device has been rumored to be £500/$858/AU$915 for the 4.7-inch model, and £563/$966/AU$1030 for the 5.5-inch model.