There are a few things you can be sure of at this time of year.
The nights start to draw in, the weather takes a distinctively autumnal turn and Apple produce their latest iPhone handset.
If rumours are to be believed, Apple’s latest offering – the iPhone 6 – is expected to be just around the corner with a September 9 announcement date mooted.
Despite what seems to be an annual event at the end of every summer, there appears to be no let-up in the frenzy of excitement that surrounds this well rehearsed event and there’s little doubt that the world will be watching as CEO Tim Cook unveils another piece of “must-have” technology.
However, with many questioning the advances in innovation that Apple’s recent iPhone models have made – the pressure is somewhat on Cook to deliver.
The rumour mill has been in overdrive in the lead up to the widely anticipated launch, with many experts predicting a larger, faster, “all singing, all dancing” version of a handset which was first released over seven years ago.
So, as we all wait for the official announcement, here are six things that you should probably expect from the iPhone 6:
1. Bigger is better
We all look back and have a good giggle at the size of some of the early mobile phones, yet their evolution has been fascinating to watch. From the “brick” size handsets of the 1980s, phones then became no bigger than a packet of cigarettes during the late 1990s and early 2000s.
But now it seems manufacturers are in agreement that size does matter, with the iPhone 6 expected to launch with two screen sizes – one measuring 4.7ins, and a larger 5.5ins version.
2. Larger display
It goes without saying that a bigger phone allows for a bigger display, and the iPhone’s screen has been criticised for being a little on the small side, with rivals such as Samsung opting for much larger screens on their devices.
Though it’s unclear how big the display will actually be, Apple are rumoured to have spent millions on developing a toughened sapphire glass for their screen, which will be music to the ears of anyone who has smashed their display recently and had to pay to get it fixed.
Extra strong and virtually scratch free this new material would suggest a larger display, but Apple chief executive Tim Cook has refused to confirm that it will be used on any new models – despite a new plant being built in Arizona to manufacture the material.
3. Protruding camera
If predictions are to be believed, then an impressive 10-megapixel camera (two megapixels more than the current iPhone 5s) will be included on the new iPhone 6.
However, even that would leave it trailing behind some of its rivals, who now boast resolutions of up to 16 megapixels.
A more interesting addition could be the introduction of a protruding camera that will pop out of the back of the phone. A patent filed in 2012 shows interest in a bayonet mount system for an iPhone camera, which is currently seen in SLR cameras to allow interchangeable lenses.
This would be Apple’s answer to the more clunky screw-mount systems used in other phones to enable features like wide angle and optical zoom capability.
4. Improved software
As sure as night follows day, a new iPhone release is backed up with some nifty new software that shows off just what the new handset can do, and we can expect no change this time around. And unlike the phones themselves, this could be immediately available for download for existing iPhone users – if only to fuel anticipation for the release of the iPhone 6.
It’s thought that the latest version (iOS 8) comes with a smart keyboard, more advance photo sharing facilities, improved messaging, as well as a health monitoring app!
One thing that is likely to remain the same though is the dual-core in the new A8 processor, something which Apple are reluctant to change. While Android phones have boasted quad-core chips offering speedier performance, it would seem this version will simply be be supped up to 2GHz – a massive increase on the A7’s 1.3GHz.
5. More capacity
If any evidence was needed of how much we store on our phones, it’s Apple’s decision to not offer a 16GB hard drive on the new iPhone 6.
Word is that the iPhone 6 will only be available in options of 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB, a decision that will only fuel speculation regarding any budget options for the phone – which are currently offered on the 16GB models..
6. Recessed controls
Leaked pictures from a Chinese website apparently show recessed volume controls on the side of the new Apple handset.
This will please those who yearn for a smoother design around the edges without the annoying buttons protruding out, as well as removing the risk of accidentally changing the volume when the phone is in your pocket.