Apple iPhone 8 event: What to expect
It is that time of the year again, when Apple unveils the much-awaited iPhone line-up. This year’s announcement happens later on Tuesday, at the Apple event in San Francisco. The undoubted highlight this time around would be the new iPhone line-up, but that wouldn’t be all. At the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) earlier this year, Apple proved that this indeed will be a busy year for the Cupertino-based company. So, what exactly does Apple have up its sleeve? Here is what to expect at the Tuesday event.
Well, this event is primarily about the iPhones, and we are expecting three different devices this time around. Naming still remains anyone’s guess, but two of these devices would be the logical successors to the current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Then there is supposed to be a new addition to the line-up—something more expensive, perhaps featuring an edge-to-edge OLED display, facial scanning and wireless charging. Whether this is called the iPhone X, iPhone Edition or the iPhone Pro remains to be seen.
Apple Watch Series 3
It was this time last year when Apple unveiled the Apple Watch Series 2, and the timing is ripe for a more powerful Apple Watch. The Watch leads the smartwatch sales charts globally, and is second only to Xiaomi’s significantly more affordable fitness bands in the overall wearables space. The new Watch could also offer the optional LTE feature which will make it even more independent from the iPhone it may otherwise be paired with—that feature would also demand a bigger battery.
Apple TV with 4K
There perhaps has never been a better time for Apple to roll out a 4K-capable media streaming device, with lots of 4K content available on streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime video. We are hoping that it will support the Dolby Vision and HDR10 standards too.
Leading the line on the software front would be the new iOS 11 for iPhones, iPads and the latest generation iPod Touch. There will be even more artificial intelligence under the hood, with Siri as well as other apps making use of it to improve usability and context. For instance, iOS 11 will learn words from what you are browsing and show them up as suggestions on the iOS keyboard when you are typing a mail or a message. It would also not be too much to say that iOS 11 is basically two OSes in one. If you use an iPad Pro tablet, what you will experience is a completely different avatar of iOS 11 with some productivity-centric features such as improved multi-tasking, dragging content across apps and more.
The much awaited (at least we wait for it impatiently) smart speaker from Apple should be officially unveiled at the event. A rival to Amazon’s Alexa (Echo speakers start at $49.99; Amazon.com), Microsoft’s Cortana (Harman Kardon Invoke price is not yet announced) and Google’s Home ($109; store.google.com) smart speakers, it packs in an Apple A8 chip, also seen in iPhones, which does mean there is significant power packed under the hood. The cylindrical-shaped speaker that is just 7 inches tall, yet there are seven tweeters packed in, with individual audio drivers, and a 4-inch woofer too. It detects the spaces in your home, and directs the sounds in such a way that you hear the best detailing, with the idea being to reduce reflections too.