iPhones and Watches and Beats! Oh my! What we expect from Apple on September 7

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iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

This one’s all but officially confirmed: Apple has almost always introduced a new series of iPhones in the fall, and this year is unlikely to be any different. While the new iPhone isn’t expected to get a radical redesign when it comes to overall look, it will most likely get a few key changes.

For example, you may have heard rumors about the new iPhone doing away with the headphone jack in favor of Bluetooth and Lightning connectivity. Not only that, but it is expected that the iPhone 7 Plus will sport dual rear cameras, and both models may get a bump in base storage options. Complete redesign or not, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be big announcements.

Apple Watch 2

Perhaps not as highly anticipated as the iPhone 7, a new Apple Watch would still be huge. Apple first introduced the Apple Watch back in April of 2015, and more than a year later it finally seems as though we’ll see a second version of the device. So what do we expect from the device? Perhaps the biggest change set to come to Apple’s smartwatch is the addition of GPS, making it a little more independent from the iPhone. Sure, it probably won’t get the cellular support that would truly free it from its smartphone-shaped older brother, but a GPS chip will be a big deal for those who don’t necessarily want to take their phone out on their morning runs.

Reports also indicate that the device will be noticeably thinner — that’s good news considering how chunky the original was.

New headphones

Apple-branded devices aren’t the only new releases to expect from Apple’s September 7 event. According to recent reports, the company will also unveil new Beats headphones. Just what will make these headphones different, however, is yet to be seen. It’s possible that the new headphones will be Bluetooth-only or even include a Lightning connector in order to work properly with the new line of iPhones.

On top of the Beats-branded headphones, Apple may also unveil its own new earbuds. It’s rumored that these earbuds will be called ‘AirPods,’ and will basically be Bluetooth-connected earbuds that work with the new iPhone. It’s unknown at this point whether or not AirPods will come with the new iPhone, or if they’ll be sold as a standalone product — or both.

Will we see new Macs?

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While the new iPhone and new Apple Watch are all but confirmed for the new event, new Macs aren’t so much. Apple didn’t update its Mac line in June as it has done in the past, and while there are plenty of rumors about what might be coming to the new computers, some reports indicate that Apple will instead wait until October to prevent over-saturating its fall event with too much new stuff. In other words, we’ll either see new Macs on September 7, or we’ll see them at some point in the near future.

So what should we expect from the new Macs? The most prominent rumor is that the Mac line will get a new “dynamic function row,” or a touch-screen function button row that replaces the function buttons currently found on a Mac’s keyboard. This will allow for the function buttons to change depending on the app being used. The new Macs will also get updated processors and other internal specs, including Intel’s latest 7th-gen Core chips.

iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS

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Apple’s big software announcements came earlier in the year at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference, or WWDC, however the fall event will most likely see some more news about Apple’s new operating systems. In other words, we’ll most likely get release dates for consumer versions of the operating systems, especially iOS, watchOS, and tvOS. Apple could also announce the release date of the newly minted macOS operating system. However, considering we don’t yet know if we’ll even see a new Mac, Apple may wait until those new Macs are finally released to release the operating system that goes with them.

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