All the big publications are chiming in ahead of next week’s Apple event. Either these sources can’t keep secrets or Apple is purposely leaking details about its new products. Whatever the case, one thing remains constant: the iPhone 6 will come in two sizes, and the iWatch will definitely be unveiled on Sept. 9.
The New York Times says Apple will announce two new iPhones with larger screens, along with a wearable that will focus on health and fitness tracking. The iWatch (official name still unknown) will also perform limited computing tasks, such as displaying maps, according to NYT’s sources. The report also corroborates what The Wall Street Journal said earlier today, claiming the wearable will feature a curved, flexible display, and come in two sizes; it’s also rumored to feature NFC for mobile payments, and support wireless charging.
Apple has been slow to enter the wearable market, though the company is infamous in the tech world for taking its time. Although there are many fitness tracking alternatives, the company apparently took a more measured approach so it could create a device that can more accurately track a user’s stats. And with the HealthKit platform coming in iOS 8, there’s definitely of lot of information to collect.
NYT also confirmed the iWatch will not be available anytime soon, though Apple’s new iPhones are expected to launch soon after the announcement; some reports have claimed consumers will be able to purchase the devices as early as Sept. 19, which is a Friday.
As for the iPhone, NYT says the devices will sport 4.7 and 5.5-inch displays, and feature tapered edges as we’ve seen in numerous leaks. As we’ve heard before, the larger model will be more expensive, though it’s unclear if it will come with more advanced features or materials. Both devices will apparently feature a “one-handed mode,” making the larger screens more manageable.
Apple will livestream its event next week, so if you’re unable to attend you’ll be able to see it all unfold right from the comfort of your own home.