LOS ANGELES (dpa) – Apple users and technology enthusiasts expect to see the latest iPhone next week and possibly some other goodies designed to make life easier and more stylish.
A few weeks back, Apple scheduled a media event for Tuesday, which immediately sparked speculation that it will introduce the new phone, wearable devices and other technology.
Soon gadget lovers could even be able to pay for goods and services using iTunes, as Apple may announce agreements with Visa, MasterCard and American Express at the same time, Bloomberg news reported.
The company sent out an invitation on August 28 confirming the date and place of the media event: Flint Center for Performing Arts in the city of the company’s headquarters, Cupertino, California. “Wish we could say more,” the invitation reads.
While exactly what Apple has up its sleeve remains uncertain, the new iPhone is widely speculated to be among the gadgets to be revealed.
In anticipation of the announcement, lines started to form Wednesday at Apple’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City.
“We will stay until the release date: Who cares how long. We’ve committed ourselves to do this,” Moon Ray from Jackson, Mississippi, who was standing at the front of the line along with her husband, Jason Ray, told ABC News.
Even though Apple is mum, word has leaked that the new iPhone will hit stores around September 19. The next generation iPhones are expected to have larger displays of 12 centimetres and 14 centimetres and run speedy new A8 processors. The display of current iPhone models measure 10 centimetres diagonally.
The media event comes as the company faces criticism of its iCloud data storage services.
Chief executive Tim Cook addressed the issue, which involved the release of private photos of celebrities, and said the company plans to add security features to iCloud. These include an alert that would let users know via email and other notifications when iCloud data is accessed by new devices or account passwords are changed, the Wall Street Journal reported.
With Apple facing increasing competition on the iPhone front, many are hoping that Cook will surprise his audience with a smartwatch or wearable device.
There has been speculation that the gadget will be offered in two sizes, each featuring a curved organic light-emitting diode screen. It will include sensors to track and monitor health and fitness data, the Journal reported.
Other reports have said that the device would be able to do much more than most wearables currently on the market.
The watch would include a near-field communication chip, which would also be included in the new iPhone to simplify the process of connecting the devices, the report said.
That chip also would allow making payments from mobile devices, turning the next version of the iPhone into a mobile wallet. The chip combined with a fingerprint recognition reader that debuted on the most recent iPhone to allow consumers to securely pay with the touch of a finger when shopping at stores.