The invitations have been sent and the calendar is about to turn to September. It’s almost time to celebrate the launch of another iPhone — and see Apple’s “iWatch” for the first time. Our week in review, not surprisingly, once again takes a look at what we are likely to see on Sept. 9.
Date and location confirmed. On Thursday, Apple officially announced that it will be holding a media event on Tuesday, Sept. 9. This will be the first time since 1998 that Apple has used De Anza College’s Flint Center for an event. This is the same location where Steve Jobs unveiled the original Mac in 1984.
The Flint Center can accommodate more than 2,400 people. The Yerba Buena Center, by contrast, can only seat 757 people. Apple’s Town Hall, which served as the site for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c unveiling in 2013, seats even less.
So what does all this mean? Apple is planning for some huge announcements. To boot, they are even constructing their own building on the grounds.
The next iPhone. Whether it’s called the “iPhone 6,” “iPhone Air,” or “iPhone 6L,” one thing is nearly certain: two new Apple handsets are set to be announced in just a few days.
Recent leaks suggest both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models will sport near field communication (NFC) technology, and will be available with a sapphire glass display. At least one version of the smaller model will come with Gorilla Glass.
The iWatch. Apple’s first wearable device is going to make an appearance on Sept. 9. However, like with the original iPhone, it won’t be made available to the public until a few months later. The price? The iWatch might cost $400.
Key dates. We expect at least one iPhone 6 variant to go on sale on Friday, Sept. 19. Two days earlier, Apple is likely to release iOS 8 to the public.
On Thursday, Sept. 4, AppAdvice will publish our annual iPhone trade-in guide. Here, we’ll highlight the best places to get some serious cash (or gift cards) for your older handsets, including the iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 5s. We’ll also be offering some special promotions just for AppAdvice readers.
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Stories you might have missed this week:
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- Apple plans to re-bid for suspended $1 billion iPad school contract
- After Messenger backlash, Facebook responds through its main iPhone app
- Snapchat’s location-based Our Story feature officially goes ‘Live’ in latest update
- As Apple gets closer to making the ‘iPhone 6′ announcement, warnings about sapphire
- Report: Apple’s thinner MacBook is coming in late 2014 or early 2015
Viral video of the week
On Sept. 22, “Friends” will celebrate its 20th anniversary. Though we’ll probably never see an official “Friends” reunion, Jimmy Kimmel offered the next best thing this week. And no, Jennifer Aniston wasn’t mad about it.