Finally putting all speculation to rest, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) sent out invitations to the media regarding a special event on Sept. 9, when the company is widely expected to introduce the new iPhone 6 models and its first-ever wearable device, dubbed the “iWatch.” Apple’s invitations are known for including subtle hints to whatever the company plans to announce at the event, and the invite this time around could also be of interest to those who would hope to unlock some secrets.
According to the invite, the event will be held at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, California, instead of the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco, where the company had been holding its annual iPhone event over the past few years. It was the Flint Center where Steve Jobs announced the original Mac computer in 1984, so perhaps it was selected by Apple for the launch of yet another revolutionary device.
The selection of the Flint Center for the Sept. 9 event could also mean that Apple is planning for a bigger gathering, as the auditorium can accommodate 2,405 people, compared to only 757 at the Yerba Buena Center. The Flint Center, where Apple introduced the iMac in 1999, is also located only two miles from the company headquarters. The Tuesday event will begin at 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT).
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Various reports over the past few months have suggested that Apple will release two bigger iPhone 6 models, one with a 4.7-inch screen and one with a 5.5-inch screen. Rumors also have it that the smaller model of the new iPhone could simply be called the iPhone 6 while its bigger counterpart could be named the iPhone 6L.
In addition to the iPhone 6 models, Apple is also expected to announce a brand-new smartwatch, possibly called the iWatch, this year. However, the company has been completely silent about this product, and it is still unconfirmed whether the device, which was initially thought to be launched in October or even later, will be introduced alongside the next-generation iPhones.
Re/code came up with a report on Wednesday saying that Apple would introduce the iWatch along with two iPhone 6 models on Sept. 9. But, Apple’s invite implies that something, which the company wants to make public, could remain unheard during the upcoming event: “Wish We Could Say More.”
According to a new report from a Chinese website on Thursday, Apple could release only the 4.7-inch version of the iPhone 6, alongside an 8GB model of the iPhone 5s on Sept. 9, while the 5.5-inch iPhone 6L could arrive later this year. The report was not betting on the iWatch announcement either, G4Games reported.
However, the tagline on the invite could also mean that there is no teasing this time as the company is likely preparing for one of the biggest product launches in its history, and therefore it wishes it could say more, The Telegraph reported, adding that Apple does not really wish it could say more; “Apple revels in saying nothing.”
The report also attempts to decipher some clues about the event from the invite. While a sine wave-like structure on the Apple logo in the invite indicates a focus on health, some can also find a sundial pointing to a watch. In addition, the “9.9” date mentioned in the invite is two sixes upside down, designating two versions of the iPhone 6, according to The Telegraph.
Apple is also likely to launch iOS 8, the company’s next-generation mobile operating system, not long after the Sept. 9 event. However, it is unknown whether Apple will broadcast the event on the web and Apple TV.