Apple on Thursday sent out invitations to members of the media, making official its anticipated Sept. 9 event at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. It’s expected to showcase not only a next-generation “iPhone 6s” handset, but also a new Siri-enabled Apple TV set-top box. As for the next-generation iPhone, the so-called “iPhone 6s” is expected to boast Force Touch, gaining the same pressure-sensitive contextual input method already found in the Apple Watch and latest MacBooks.
- If Apple sticks to its usual release schedule, as is expected, the company would likely make its new iPhones available for sale the following Friday, on Sept. 18. The revamped Apple TV is also expected to hit the market soon after it is announced.
- The new set-top box is also widely anticipated to feature a redesigned controller with touchpad, as well as a dedicated App Store for downloading third-party applications.
- As was rumored , Apple’s Sept. 9 event will be held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, which has a seating capacity of 7,000. That’s a much larger venue than those traditionally used by Apple to host its annual iPhone events — the Yerba Buena Center can hold 1,470 people, while Cupertino’s Flint Center hosts 2,400 visitors.