Apple’s biggest hardware event of the year is less than a day away.
If past years are any indication, the event on Thursday at 3am AEST will be used to unveil a slew of new products, including new iPhones, a new Apple Watch, and maybe even a refreshed pair of the company’s wireless AirPods.
Based on analysts, leaks, and reports, here’s what we’re expecting Apple to announce at its biggest hardware event of the year.
Apple is expected to unveil new smartphones with super-high-definition OLED screens, potentially named iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max …
According to the analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is expected to release three new iPhones, including two with OLED screens.
The two OLED phones could come in different sizes – 6.5-inch and 5.8-inch versions – and have the same nearly full-screen display and facial-recognition camera as the iPhone X.
Last month, the Apple blog 9to5Mac published what it said was an actual marketing photo of two new iPhone devices. The image shows two gold phones, which 9to5Mac says are called the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max.
… along with a low-cost iPhone with an LCD screen.
Along with two pricey, high-end iPhones, Apple is expected to release a lower-cost device with a 6.1-inch LCD display.
The LCD iPhone could be equipped with a single-lens camera, compared with the double-lens cameras on the higher-end iPhones.
Estimates suggest this device would be more affordable than its brethren, with a price closer to $US550 or $US650.
We’re also likely to see a revamped Apple Watch.
A leaked image in the report shows a gold Apple Watch with what appears to be an edge-to-edge display and a new watch face with eight complications, or special functions.
The new watch is also expected to come in two new, larger sizes, and have longer battery life, new health-tracking functions, and a faster chip.
Apple will most likely announce when iOS 12, Watch OS 5, and tvOS 12 will be released.
At its WWDC developer conference in June, Apple unveiled the new operating systems for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV – called iOS 12, Watch OS 5, and tvOS 12.
New Apple software typically becomes available each fall, meaning the company will almost certainly announce official release dates for each operating system at its event on Wednesday.
Apple may announce when its AirPower wireless-charging pad will be available.
When Apple announced the iPhone 8 and iPhone X a year ago, it also gave a “sneak peek” of its wireless-charging pad.
Called AirPower, the pad would be able to charge an iPhone, an Apple Watch, and AirPods headphones at the same time, just by placing them on the mat.
Apple said at the time that AirPower was “coming in 2018.”
We might see an update to AirPods, Apple’s very popular wireless earbuds.
Apple introduced AirPods in September 2016, and they have become one of Apple’s most warmly received new products in years.
Given that it’s been two years since the first generation of AirPods hit store shelves, it may time for Apple to release AirPods 2.
Apple has already announced a new AirPods case that can charge wirelessly, but other new features, like water resistance and noise cancellation, have been rumoured.
There may be a new iPad that looks a lot more like the iPhone X.
Apple may be planning to debut a revamped iPad this fall.
According to a Bloomberg report from last November, Apple has been working on a high-end iPad that incorporates some of the features of the iPhone X, like Face ID, no home button, and a nearly edge-to-edge display.
Bloomberg reported at the time that the iPad could be released in 2018.
Apple’s latest iPad, released in April, is a $US330 version targeted at the education market.
Apple may finally announce a new “low price” laptop.
Apple has a new lower-cost laptop with a fingerprint sensor in the works, according to a note from Kuo.
The new laptop would replace Apple’s 12-inch MacBook model and would not have the company’s widely panned touch-sensitive Touch Bar, according to Kuo.
While the new MacBook is expected to launch before the end of the year, Apple may not necessarily announce it at the event on Wednesday. In the past, Apple has announced new MacBooks at a separate event in October.
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