Apple has confirmed an event for next week, where its widely expected the company will unveil updates to its most popular product.
It’s expected we’ll see the new iPhone models, and there are predictions there could be also be a new product called “AirTags”, a Bluetooth-enabled locator tag similar to a Tile tag.
This would allow you to locate things like your car keys by fitting it with an AirTag that can be found by your iPhone.
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The next iPhone is expected to feature four different models, including a new “mini” iPhone, two “Pro” models, and the standard iPhone 12 (assuming Apple follows its existing name scheme).
It’s predicted the two iPhone Pro models will be a 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro and a 6.7-inch iPhone Pro 12 Max (which would be the biggest iPhone the company has made in the device range’s more than decade-long history).
Whether all phones will ship with 5G connectivity or there will be 4G only devices too, remains to be seen.
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Charging has been a source of contention, with predictions Apple will be forced to abandon the Lightning connection for a USB-C port.
It’s also been predicted Apple won’t include Earpods in the box in a bid to improve Airpods sales (if the Lightning port disappears those buds will have had nothing to connect to either), and could even leave out the power charger that’s normally included when you buy an iPhone, or any other smartphone.
Announcing the Watch Series 6 last month, Apple confirmed that the wall outlet plug you insert the supplied charging cable into won’t be included in the box.
Apple says this is to cut down on e-waste from unnecessarily producing charging plugs when most consumer already own at least a couple of them by now.
The change is unlikely to change pricing.
The announcement from Apple would normally happen earlier in the year but the coronavirus pandemic is thought to have impacted on production of the new phones.
Apple sometimes uses cryptic clues in the name of its events.
Last month’s event to announce a new Watch and iPad Air was called “Times Flies” (do you get it?).
This month’s has been named “Hi, Speed”.
Earlier this year Apple announced it would be moving towards using its own silicon chips in its Mac computers, after reportedly growing frustrated by slowing progress from chipmaker Intel in improving its chips.
Apple already designs its own A-series processors to power the iPhone and iPad models and will now look to put those or variants of them in its computers.
It’s possible we’ll hear more about those processors (and presumably how fast they are) at next week’s event too, as the company has said its first Mac device powered by its own chips will hit the market by the end of the year.