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The time is almost here, it’s Apple Special Event time. Here’s a brief rundown of what to expect at the Apple Special Event held at The Steve Jobs Theater tomorrow at 10 AM PST, or 1 PM EST.
We’re just a short 16 hours away from the Apple Special Event being held at The Steve Jobs Theater. This is a highly anticipated, and very much leaked event that we’ve been waiting on for weeks. Here’s a quick run-down at what I expect Apple will unveil tomorrow. Be sure to come back tomorrow for coverage of the event as products are announced.
1. iPhone ‘Xs, Xc, Xs Max’
In traditional Apple fashion, this is an ‘S’ upgrade year, therefore, we’re expecting that Apple will unveil the next iPhone X models, dubbed Xs and Xs Max. Additionally, we expect that the lowest-end LCD iPhone X model will be named Xc, rather than iPhone 9.
The Xc is expected to come in multiple colors, including Space Grey, Silver, Rose Gold, Red, Blue, and Brown, according to a leak by Brian Geskin. Other notable rumors are whether the Xc will be called iPhone 9, iPhone Xr, or iPhone Xc. Many rumors point at ‘Xc’ but we will know for sure tomorrow.
The Xc will feature a 6.1′ LCD display similar to the iPhone X design, with a new A12 Chip, 64 or 128 GB storage, and a 12-megapixel single lens camera. Pricing for the Xc is expected to be $699, while the more premium Xs and Xs Max being $899 and $999 respectively.
2. Apple Watch Series 4
The Apple Watch has kept the same design since it was introduced on April 24, 2015. This year, we expect Apple to introduce larger displays for both 38 and 42 mm models. Furthermore, according to multiple rumors, the new Apple Watch Series 4 will feature an electrocardiogram heart monitor.
The electrocardiogram heart monitor, or ECG monitor, will not just read heart rates, but will also read the rhythm of your heart. Since the introduction of Apple Watch, many people have come forward about how Apple Watch saved their life by reading their heart rate. According to Apple COO Jeff Williams, “We’ve been really surprised with the deluge of letters and emails we’ve gotten where just the simple heart rate monitor was able to have such an impact on people’s lives.”
In addition to having 15% larger displays on the new Series 4 models compared to its older counterparts, we expect to see a new S4 chip, ceramic backs for the ECG monitor on all models, and a larger battery to compensate for the larger, higher resolution display. We expect pricing to be around $399 for the Sport and $599 for the Stainless Steel model. Apple is said to drop the non-cellular model for only cellular models, hence the $399 rather than $329. We’re unclear as to what the Edition model will be, but expect those to be in the $1000+ range.
3. iPad Pro
The new bezel-less iPad Pro has been a long-awaited device by many, and Apple may keep us waiting.
The new iPad Pro is said to feature an iPhone X-like design, with minimal bezels all around, and the deletion of the TouchID Home Button in favor of Face ID. Other rumors include the new Smart Connector location and the possibility of Apple putting a USB-C connector rather than a Lightning Port.
We’re hopeful that Apple will unveil the new iPad Pro tomorrow along with the new iPhone and Apple Watch models.
As for the MacBook, and Mac mini Pro, we expect Apple will wait to unveil those products until October when the company typically updates their Mac line.
The Apple Special Event held at The Steve Jobs Theater tomorrow at 10 AM PST, or 1 PM EST. Be sure to stay up to date on our website for the latest as it happens tomorrow.