After much anticipation, rumors and speculation, Apple in all likelihood will announce a new iPhone and a new Apple Watch at its event Wednesday at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. Here’s how to watch the event, what to expect and what not to expect:
How to watch
As in previous years, Apple will livestream the launch presentation to both Apple and Windows users.
Below are the requirements for watching the livestream on Apple devices and Windows 10 machines. If you meet these requirements, you can head over to the Apple event page at 10 AM Pacific and watch the launch of all the latest technology from the tech giant.
iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch: You can watch via the Safari browser and will require iOS 7.0 or later.
Mac: You can watch on your Mac if you have OS X v10.8.5 or later and Safari 6.0.5 or later installed on your machine.
Apple TV: You will need a second or third-generation Apple TV with software 6.2 or later, or a fourth-generation Apple TV.
Microsoft: You can watch all the action if you have Windows 10 installed using the Edge browser.
What to expect at the launch
iPhone 7 models
There won’t be much of a fundamental change from the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Unfortunately, iPhone fans will need to wait until 2017, iPhone’s 10th anniversary, to see a major upgrade. Rumors are already rolling in for next year’s model, including a glass body with an edge-to-edge screen, no more Home button, integrated Touch ID and wireless charging.
While the iPhone 7 (if that is what Apple will call it) is rumored to look very similar to its predecessor, there are some new features (and one removal of a feature) that will ensure some excitement. The rumors include the removal of the headphone jack, a larger battery, and increased storage to 256GB. There are also redesigned antenna bands and improved water resistance.
The camera on both the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are rumored to get an upgrade, with the 7 Plus receiving a dual-lens camera.
In the leadup to the iPhone 7 launch, there have been plenty of leaked images and renderings, some better than others, of what we can expect the latest iPhone models to look like.
The latest iPhone 7 images to make an appearance come from premium case maker Spigen Inc. and they seem to be the best we have seen to date.
The images for both the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus displayed on the Spigen site seem to confirm all the rumors that have been making the rounds.
Apple Watch 2
While not a guarantee, we could also see Apple launch its next-generation Apple Watch. Like the new iPhone 7 models, the Apple Watch 2 is not rumored to receive a major upgrade this year. For that, you will need to wait for 2017 when the Apple Watch will launch with rumored features like a Micro LCD panel, 4G LTE connection and possibly a camera for video calls.
The Apple Watch 2 is rumored to be a lot like the previous model, but rumors suggest it will be upgraded with a faster processor and a higher-capacity battery, as well as GPS, a barometer and improved water resistance.
A clear indicator that the Apple Watch 2 will launch is the recent announcement that the price of a base model Apple Watch Sport 38mm Space Gray Aluminum Case has dropped below $200. The original launch price of the Apple Watch was $349 and received a $50 price cut earlier this year.
What not to expect
If you are expecting to see new MacBooks at the event, you are likely going to be disappointed. Bloomberg is reporting that the much-anticipated updated MacBooks will launch at an event in October.
Updated iPad software could happen later this year, but you will have to wait until next year for an upgrade to the iPad lineup. According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will launch a 10.5-inch display iPad Pro early next year.