Apple is likely planning a September event to unveil the next generation iPhone 6, followed by a debut of a much anticipated smartwatch called “iTime” in October, according to reports by Silicon Valley insiders.
An Apple keynote speech tentatively planned for mid-September will reveal a new iPhone 6, and announce final details on the new iOS 8 operating system for the company’s devices, Apple-focused blog 9to5Mac reports. New features for iOS may include dual-screen multitasking mode for iPads and new functions for its Maps application, 9to5Mac reports.
The new iPhone may also use Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint password feature unveiled on the 2013 iPhone 5S as part of a new mobile payment system, which would partner with credit card firms like Visa, 9to5Mac reports.
Unveiling a new phone in September has become something of an annual event for Apple, which has sold more than 500 million units of the iPhone worldwide since the product first debuted in 2007. Despite its success the company is under pressure from investors and competitors to unveil new types of products.
To keep its innovative edge Apple has been widely reported that it will unveil a health-monitoring smart watch in October, designed to be both fashionable as a watch and functional as a fitness wristband. That device may be called the iTime, according to a patent granted to Apple by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. According to the patent, which includes diagrams, the watch will sync with iPhones, iPads and other computers in a "personal wireless environment."
The patent outlines that sensors in the device may respond to arm and wrist gestures, which could be used to answer calls or make other commands. The patent also indicates the watch with a square-shaped can be removed from straps and operate like an iPod.
Apple, known for a design culture of perfection, might feature more bells and whistles on it's iTime than those on similar devices such as those supported by Google’s Android Wear operating system. That culture also might leave open the possibility that while Apple could debut the smartwatch in October, it might not sell the watch immediately to allow a final chance to tinker with the design.
Images leaked by phone component makers earlier this year also hint at what the iPhone 6 may look like. The next generation iPhone will likely have a 4.7-inch screen, featuring a slimmer frame and wider screen than the current iPhone 5S.