First Click: New iPhones and Apple Watch, new PlayStations, and more in the week ahead

September 5th, 2016

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We’ve got another gangbuster week in tech coming up. Last week brought us dozens of new products launched at IFA, Europe’s biggest tech show. We won’t have the same breadth of gear this week, but what it’ll lack in numbers will be made up for in notoriety thanks to Apple, Sony, and LG all hosting press events.

LG kicks things off with an event in San Francisco on Tuesday. The V20 is a certainty as follow-up to last year’s 5.7-inch V10 that featured an always-on second display. Notably, it’ll be one of the few phones launching this month with Android 7.0 Nougat.

Apple’s "See you on the 7th" event kicks off on Wednesday, September 7th. The rumor mill is fairly certain the new iPhones, presumably part of the iPhone 7 series, will ditch the headphone jacks and introduce clickless home buttons that should let the iPhones check the waterproof tick-box for the first time. A dual-lens camera for zoomed-out perspectives and other tricks is said to be coming to the Plus-sized model, only. We’re also expecting a faster Apple Watch with GPS, but you’ll have to wait until next year, at the earliest, before Apple releases a Watch with data to function independently from an iPhone. Read our event preview and the last minute predictions from KGI Securities' Ming-chi Kuo for the full lowdown.

Later on Wednesday, just after Apple, Sony will be hosting a PlayStation press event in New York City. We’re expecting to hear the first official details of two new consoles: a slimmer variant of PlayStation 4 as well as a new 4K-capable "neo" version of the current PS4, already teased by Sony earlier in the year. We’ll have a detailed event preview for you to pore over soon.

Thursday is the kickoff of TIFF, the 10-day Toronto International Film Festival. Verge critics Bryan Bishop and Tasha Robinson will be on hand to help steer you toward the best that cinema will have to offer in the weeks and months ahead.

But this is only a taste of what promises to be a huge week to come. First though, let’s get caught up on the weekend that was.


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