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Yesterday, it was announced that Apple was going to be launching their new products on September 12.  It feels a bit earlier than it did last year, but I’m not complaining.  What can we expect from the September 12 launch?  A few different things, including new iPhones as well as the much anticipated Apple Watch 4.  While I love all things Apple, I really am looking forward to the Apple Watch 4.  I’ve had my Watch for almost 2 years and I honestly could use something new and pretty on my arm.  That’s certainly not a good reason to buy it, but I am just making a joke here. Yes – I need one, as this one just doesn’t seem to be cutting it now.

We expect Apple to announce three new iPhones, and as I mentioned, a new Apple Watch.  But not just any Apple Watch – the first substantial changes to the design of the watch since its 2015 debut.  But there are also potential announcements beyond that – like an iPhone X inspired iPad Pro, the long-delayed AirPower mat, and new AirPods.

New iPhones

The top of the line iPhones are going to come in two different models.  One would be a direct evolution of the iPhone X (possibly called the iPhone XS) with a 5.8-inch OLED screen, depth-sensing front camera, dual rear cameras and other familiar traits. The other, however, would be a completely new “iPhone X Plus” with a gargantuan 6.5-inch OLED panel. It would tout the same core features as its smaller counterpart, but its larger display (and presumably larger battery) would court power users and video enthusiasts. You’ll reportedly have the option to run apps side-by-side in landscape mode like you can on the iPhone 8 Plus.

The star of the show, however, may be a lower-cost 6.1-inch iPhone that would borrow the notched display, depth-sensing camera and A12 chip of high-end models while scaling back other features. An LCD in place of an OLED screen would be the most obvious concession, but it might also carry a single rear camera, 3GB of RAM and aluminum trim in place of stainless steel. It might also drop pressure-sensitive 3D Touch and wireless charging, although you might get a variety of color options like blue, red and orange.

Apple Watch

The most conspicuous change would stare you in the face: a larger display. Recent leaks, backed up by claims from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, have the Series 4 sporting a roughly 15 percent bigger screen. It’s not certain that this will lead to a larger case (Apple may use smaller bezels), although Kuo has claimed that Apple might increase the sizes from today’s 38mm and 42mm to 40mm and 45mm respectively. A larger battery is a distinct possibility regardless of the case size. You may not get the four-plus days of life that you do from Samsung’s Galaxy Watch, but you might not scramble for a charger at the end of the night.

Does this get you excited about September 12th?  I mean, I was already excited for that particular date, but now I’m going to throw a party.  Check back in with us on the 12th for all of the announcements.