If you’re an Apple fan, it’s almost Christmas morning — without the snow, of course. Here are some of the stories that made news during the week that was:
The biggest story of the week: New Apple goodies arrive this Wednesday
Final preparations are now underway at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in downtown San Francisco, California. It is here where Apple will hold the company’s fall media event on Wednesday, Sept. 9. Apple is expected to announce new iOS devices at the event, alongside a next-generation Apple TV.
For more on Apple’s upcoming event, see:
- Here’s what to expect at Apple’s event next week
- Apple’s long-awaited ‘iPad Pro’ could be announced at next week’s event
- Yes, Apple will still be selling a 16GB version of the ‘iPhone 6s’
- Universal search may be the cornerstone of the new Apple TV
Also making news: Let the trade-ins begin
Last year at this time, we couldn’t wait to get our hands on an iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Now, many of us are prepping to replace those handsets with new ones. Before preordering your “iPhone 6s” or “iPhone 6s Plus” later this week, be sure to take a look at our annual iPhone trade-in guide. Coming on Tuesday: How to trade-in your iPhone using AT&T Next.
Other top news stories
Here are other tech stories from the past week:
Merchandise for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” arrived at retailers on “Force Friday.” Among the new offerings is the $150 BB–8 astromech droid from Sphero. The seventh film in the “Star Wars” series arrives in December.
Google has unveiled the company’s third-generation Nest thermostat. The $249 device includes a new design, a sharper display, and a handful of useful features.
Big app news
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Other app news:
- Airbnb on your Apple Watch makes travel planning easier
- Match cards together carefully in Pair Away
- Red Dot Camera brings back old school picture taking
- I Am Bread, but all I want is to be toast instead
Say what? Our readers weigh in on the week that was
Word that Apple might be prepping a bezel-free “iPhone 7″ for 2016 led to some interesting comments from readers.
I doubt they come up with any real innovation.
Apple Leadership, with NO Diversity unlike Google, has NO GOOD IDEAS whatsoever.
They took 3 years to come up with large screen on IPhone, something that a layman could have told them as soon as Samsung did so.
Steve Jobs once pointed to Apple building and said “I hate this place with pinheads”. He was talking about executives at that time, which has not yet changed.
Reader iMarty was also skeptical:
I really wish Apple would break with the cycle and change the way the current iPhone looks. It’s so ugly… Looks like a bar of soap …
What’s coming up? The week ahead
The official XOXO 2015 schedule is LIVE: https://t.co/cxPJzY7y9N
— XOXO (@xoxo) September 4, 2015
IFA 2015 continues in Berlin, Germany through Sept. 9.
On Wednesday, Apple announces new iOS devices. The event will be live-streamed beginning at 10 a.m. PDT.
Portland, Oregon hosts the XOXO Festival from Sept. 10 through Sept. 13. The “experimental” festival celebrates “independently produced art and technology.”
What will be happening in the week ahead? Visit AppAdvice to find out.