The new iPhone & Apple Watch Look Stunning — What to Expect from the September Event

Yesterday Apple sent out invites to its September 12th iPhone event. Just two hours later, 9to5mac got their hands on real marketing images of the next iPhones and the first major update to the Apple Watch. Developer Guillerme Rambo discovered images on Apple servers that were incorrectly available to the public. While we don’t know what else the guys over at 9to5mac saw, we do now know for certain that Apple will be unveiling the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Plus.

The new iPhone…and the new iPhone

The new iPhones (9to5mac)

The successors to the iPhone X come in a new gold finish that looks stunning with the black faceplate. While the new color certainly shakes things up, the big iPhone news is the image of the iPhone XS Plus. The plus model doesn’t look much larger than the standard one meaning it might be less of a pain to handle compared to the iPhone 8 Plus. Although it’s bigger, it still looks virtually the same aside from the new gold color. While this is an unprecedented misstep on Apple’s part, we still don’t know much about these new phones. All these images tell us is that we’re getting a bigger one and they come in gold.

The biggest news yesterday wasn’t the iPhone though, it was the next generation Apple Watch. The new watch is presumably going to be dubbed “Series 4” but there isn’t enough actual evidence to support the claim. Considering it’s such a major overhaul, it makes sense for them to stick with the name, much like how the iPhone 4 was such a major update to the three previous models.

The Redesigned Apple Watch

The Fourth Generation Apple Watch (9to5mac)

The design of the next gen Apple Watch is much more rounded, includes a much larger display, a redesigned digital crown, a different side button (which I think is going to be flush and just provide haptic feedback), and a microphone on the right side between the two mechanicals. It certainly looks different from the previous three Apple Watch models and all of these changes are very welcome. The next gen Apple Watch also appears to be thinner although that could just be an optical illusion. In terms of design, the most surprising thing to me is the gold shiny finish. There’s some debate right now regarding whether or not it’s gold stainless steel or anodized polished aluminum, but regardless I never believed Jony Ive would ship a product that is essentially pretending to be real gold. When you put this leaked image side by side with the first generation Apple Watch Edition it looks virtually identical.

While it’s considerably exciting to see the design of the new Apple Watch, the software is where most of my interest lies. The new watch face that we see looks like a modified version of the utility face in watchOS 4. For the first time you can have more than 8 complications on screen at once, particularly thanks to the larger display. We can see the four corner complications take on an entirely new curved design that shows more information. It’s surely the most densely populated dashboard on the watch ever. I’m very excited to see how else the interface has changed given just how drastic the changes are in this watch face alone.

What Else to Expect

These are two massive updates and certainly could warrant their own events. But since we didn’t see any further leaked images, I don’t think iPads and Macs are going to make notable appearances at this event. Like the few previous years I fully expect new accessories as well as the AirPower mat to make their debuts following the keynote. Surely we will also see updates on iOS 12 and watchOS 5 as well. I’m very unsure about my level of confidence in the third 6.1" iPhone model. It may make an appearance but I think they may wait until the spring and use it as a mid cycle refresh much like the red iPhone 8 this year and the red iPhone 7 last year.

This is going to be a really exciting event, but I hope it’s not all spoiled. The biggest takeaway here is that 9to5mac is at the top of their game and Apple needs to re-evaluate their doubling down on secrecy.