Zee Media Bureau
Apple Inc is reportedly sending out invites for a September 9 event where it is highly anticipated that the San Francisco-based tech giants will unveil the latest version of the iPhone.
According to reports, Apple is sending to out invitations to media for a 'special event' to be held on September 9 at Cupertino, California.
The invitation read, "Wish we could say more", the reports say.
The launch date had been widely reported. Apple was expected to unveil larger 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens for iPhones, a move thought to be driven in part by the success of larger devices by rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. Tech blog Re/code also reported Apple may introduce its long-awaited smartwatch.
Apple uses its September events to showcase its most important products. The iPhone accounts for half its business and is gaining more prominence as tablet sales falter.
The company that defined the smartphone industry has not introduced a new product since the iPad in 2010. CEO Tim Cook has promised new product categories for 2014. Software chief Eddy Cue has called Apple`s product pipeline the best he`s seen in decades.
But it remained unclear whether the company has another groundbreaking gadget up its sleeve.
Much of the pre-event speculation has centered on the use of "sapphire" display screens said to be more scratch-resistant. Separately, some suppliers have told Reuters about screen production snags that have raised questions about availability at launch time.
Beyond the hardware, the next generation of gadgets will incorporate new software features such as HomeKit, which will help manage connected devices within the home, and HealthKit, a central repository of health data and services.
Apple has been discussing its "HealthKit" data service with health providers and apps developers, people familiar with the discussions say. They said HealthKit, while still nascent, will become the lynchpin in a broader push into mobile and digital healthcare, a fertile field that rivals Google and Samsung are also exploring.
With Agency Inputs
First Published: Thursday, August 28, 2014, 23:52