This week, Apple rolled out iOS 9 beta 5, the latest preview of the next major version of its mobile OS. Apple hasn’t set a firm date for its rollout, but as in previous years, it will launch alongside the company’s latest iOS devices. While the unveiling of those devices has been widely expected to come in September, it looks like we may now have a specific date for the announcement.
Apple hasn’t yet sent out invites for the event, but BuzzFeed says that it will take place during the week beginning September 7; according to its sources, September 9 is “the most likely date”.
The event will include the unveiling of the company’s latest iPhones. Since these will be 'S' releases - most likely called the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus - expect the handsets to look very similar to the current models.
But they are also expected to feature some welcome hardware improvements, including a display with ‘Force Touch’ pressure sensitivity – which Apple first used in the touchpad of its 12-inch MacBook – along with a better camera, and enhanced performance. New iPads are also rumored to appear at the event.
The new Apple TV box will be unveiled there too, and recent leaks have indicated that it will bring some significant changes over its predecessor. In addition to major performance improvements and more onboard storage, you can also look forward to a new Apple TV branch of the App Store; a new SDK is expected too, allowing third-party software developers to create apps for the device.
The new, slimmer Apple TV will also feature a redesigned user experience with integrated support for Siri voice controls. For those who prefer not to shout at their TVs all day, a new remote will be included with a built-in touchpad.