Apple to Unveil New iPhone 15, Apple Watch, and AirPods on September 12
Apple Inc. will unveil its new iPhone 15, Apple Watch, and AirPods on Tuesday, September 12 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time at its headquarters in Cupertino, California.
The iPhone 15 will come in four models: the iPhone 15, 15 Plus, 15 Pro, and 15 Pro Max. The regular iPhone 15 and 15 Plus will have aluminum sides and a glass back, while the two high-end iPhones will have titanium sides. The iPhone 15 and 15 Plus will have 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch displays, while the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max will have slightly larger displays.
The Pro models will feature a new design with thinner bezels around the screen. They will also be powered by a faster A17 chip and have more memory than the regular models. The regular models will get a significant camera improvement, moving from a 12-megapixel main camera sensor to a 48-megapixel version. The Pro models will have three cameras, including a 48-megapixel sensor.
All of the new iPhones will feature a U2 ultrawide-band chip for improved location capabilities. They will also switch from Lightning to USB-C for wired charging and data transfers.
The Apple Watch will come in two updated lines: the Apple Watch Series 9 and a second-generation Ultra. The Series 9 will be available in the current 41-millimeter and 45-millimeter sizes, while the Ultra will stick with the 49-millimeter size. All of the new watches will look like last year’s models, but they will be made with new materials and colors, including more recycled metals and a black Ultra option.
The focus for the Apple Watch this year is on performance, with the company planning to heavily tout major gains in processing speed. The watches will get their first new chip since the Series 6 got a processor jump in 2020.
Like the iPhone 15 line, the new watches will feature a U2 ultrawide-band chip for improved Find My capabilities. They will also get various sensor and internal component upgrades with a focus on speed, efficiency, and accuracy.
The AirPods Pro will be the first Apple accessory to switch to USB-C charging. They will also get a software update that brings improved automatic device switching, the ability to mute and unmute from the AirPods themselves, and a new feature called Conversation Awareness that automatically silences media when people begin speaking to the wearer.
Apple is also working on new health features for AirPods, including body-temperature sensing and a new hearing-test system, but those enhancements are likely to be released later.
- 21 Sep
Chipmaker Kokusai Electric to list on Tokyo Stock Exchange on Oct. 25
Kokusai Electric, a chipmaking equipment maker, plans to list on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on October 25 in what is expected to be the largest IPO in Japan in five years. The company, which was spun off from Hitachi in 2018 and is now owned by the private equity firm KKR, has set a tentative IPO price of 1,890 yen per share and is expected to raise around 210 billion yen ($1.4 billion) in the IPO. A successful IPO for Kokusai Electric could lead to a wave of new listings in Japan and boost the market's appetite for chipmaking stocks. However, investors should be aware of the risks associated with investing in IPOs.
- 20 Sep
Shell opens world’s largest EV charging station in China
Shell has opened the world's largest EV charging station in Shenzhen, China. The station has 258 charging points and solar panels that can generate 300,000 kilowatt-hours of renewable electricity per year. The station is a joint venture between Shell and Chinese EV giant BYD.
- 18 Sep
Taiwanese Military Detects Record Number of Chinese Warplanes
Taiwan detected a record number of Chinese warplanes around the island in one day, with 40 crossing the median line of the Taiwan Strait. The Taiwanese military condemned China's "continued military harassment" and warned that it could lead to a sharp spike in tension and worsen regional security. The United States has been increasing its military presence in the region in a bid to deter China from taking any aggressive action against Taiwan.
- 18 Sep
Indian-American Presidential Candidate Vivek Ramaswamy Refutes Age Criticism
Vivek Ramaswamy, a 38-year-old Indian-American candidate for President of the United States, has refuted criticism that he is too young for the office. He pointed out that Thomas Jefferson was only 33 years old when he wrote the Declaration of Independence, and argued that the United States needs a leader who is "not afraid to revive the country's founding principles." Ramaswamy is facing an uphill battle in the Republican primary, but he is hoping that his message will resonate with voters.
- 16 Sep
Pakistan: Petrol, HSD Prices Reach Historic Highs
Pakistan's caretaker government has hiked petrol and diesel prices to over Rs 330 per litre, the highest ever in the country's history. The move comes as the country struggles with double-digit inflation and is under pressure from the IMF to raise taxes and reduce subsidies. The hike will put an unbearable burden on the masses and make it difficult for many people to make ends meet.