Apple's big iPhone event is here — the 10th anniversary of the smartphone that changed everything. We expect Apple is going to drop not only a new iPhone, but also facial recognition, an updated Apple TV, Apple Watch and wireless charging.
We're going to cover the event as it happens to see, bringing you the details on everything from the newest iPhone to how this may shape your smart phone. You can watch the event live on Apple's site and then see if these nine are on the money or not.
Introducing The iPhone X
The big kahuna is the expected reveal of a new iPhone, tagged the iPhone X, says CNET, with two other versions called the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. But the iPhone X will be the showstopper — a smartphone with an OLED edge-to-edge screen, and a notch at the top that will house cameras allowing the phone to open via facial recognition. And yes, it's going to cost about $1,000.
All bets are on Apple integrating facial recognition technology into the new iPhonePhoto via iStock by Getty Images
While facial recognition software is not new, the use in a consumer device like the iPhone will be big — and is likely to be the cool new feature for the iPhone X. Facial ID will likely be woven throughout the phone from unlocking the device to use the technology with Apple Pay for your morning New Orleans iced coffee.
iOS 11 emoji
Portrait lighting, white balancing, new animated emoji called Animoji which can be customized through Apple's facial recognition technology and then sent to pals are just some of the features expected in the new iOS notes 9to5Mac.
A new edge-to-edge OLED screen may mean the end of the Home button.Photo via iStock by Getty Images
The Home button's demise
With a new edge-to-edge screen, there's no space for a home button — widely thought to disappear from the the iPhone X, at the least, says The Mac Observer. Instead, a new on-screen menu is likely to replace the single button, along with new uses for the side buttons which may, in fact get larger
Don't expect something completely new in the headphone space, but an update to the AirPods is likely coming — the wireless headphones that people love to complain about in terms of their design.
An LTE Apple Watch could be unveiled — a first for Apple.Photo via iStock by Getty Images
Apple Watch update
TechCrunch thinks Apple is ready to release an LTE model for the Apple Watch. That would be pretty significant for the device which still requires tethering to the iPhone. New colors are rumored to be on the schedule for tomorrow, and possibly a price drop for the Apple Watch 2 as well.
4K Apple TV
4K streaming should be on the menu at the Steve Jobs TK tomorrow during the Apple event. The update to the Apple TV is also thought to add support for HDR10 and Dolby Vision, says BGR. There may also be details about getting movies at the same time they drop in theaters—or not.
New demos from ARKit are very likely — and perhaps an AR device.
Tim Cook is something like augmented reality's biggest fan. Which is why the news tomorrow is expected to include more AR demos from Apple, as well as the potential for an AR headset, something which Apple itself has pointed to through a recent patent for an unnamed AR tool.
Wireless charging is also reportedly part of the package that we'll see this afternoon from Apple, allowing iPhone users to finally ditch the (easily chewed, expensive) charger. For anyone looking to build a cleanly designed smart home, cutting the cord is the fist step. If Apple finally allows iPhone users to charge up their smartphones through something like a charging mat they'll be fairly late to the game. Charging from a distance is another option, one that Bloomberg noted even last year.