Sep 16, 2020
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APPLE is readying up to unveil loads of new gadgets at a special live event this evening.
We'll probably find out the new iPhone release date, and a new Apple Watch, AirPods and MacBooks are also on the cards.4 This image came with the invite to Apple's September iPhone event When is the Apple September event this year?
Tech media are descending on Cupertino, California, to watch Apple unveil a whole host of new gadgets today (September 10) and we can expect things to kick off around 6pm UK time.
It normally lasts around two hours, but can sometimes go on for longer.
Invites went out to journalists around the world in late August, asking them to turn up to the Steve Jobs Theatre at Apple Park HQ.
A big gadget launch takes place on a similar date every single year, and is always Apple's most high-profile event.
This year, we're expecting to see the new iPhone – also rumoured as the iPhone 11 or iPhone Pro.4 Last year's Apple event saw the introduction of three new iPhone modelsCredit: Reuters How can I watch the Apple event online?
Apple will kick off its event at around 6pm UK time – and it's being live-streamed.
Simply head over to Apple's events page and you'll be able to watch all the proceedings as they happen.
Apple is also streaming the event on YouTube for the first time this year.When is the new iPhone out?
We spoke to expert analyst Paolo Pescatore, who thinks the launch of a new iPhone is definitely on the cards.
"There have been lots of leaks already, but expect a few surprises," Paolo, of PP Foresight, told The Sun.
"No doubt there will be huge emphasis on the camera and imaging in line with previous years and recent rival announcements.
"Biggest challenge will be maintaining a premium for what some users will see as incremental upgrades.4 We're expecting a new version of the Apple Watch to be unveiled tooCredit: Reuters
"More so if it is holding back on releasing significant revolutionary new features and design until 2020."
You can expect to find out all of the info about Apple's new iPhone tonight (September 10).
But the iPhone won't actually arrive in stores on launch day.
You'll have to wait about a week and a half to actually buy one.
Pre-orders will likely become available on Friday, September 13.
And our best guess is that the phone will turn up in your local Apple Store on Friday, September 20.4 The biggest 2019 iPhone could be even larger than Apple's 2018 models, according to rumours of a 6.7-inch mobileCredit: Reuters What else will Apple launch at the September event?
The headline news is the launch of a new iPhone, tentatively named by fans as the iPhone 11.
In fact, we're expecting three different models to succeed last year's iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max respectively.
Rumour has it these devices will be called iPhone 11R, iPhone Pro and iPhone Pro Max.
We're expecting a significant camera upgrade, with top models moving to a triple-lens system on the back.
And new colours have been mooted too, including dark green and lavender.
Then there's talk of an Apple Watch 5, which may have been leaked by Apple itself.
This time around, we're expecting new ceramic and titanium casings, as well as a possible OLED screen upgrade.
An OLED screen gives a device like the Apple Watch a huge advantage when it comes to battery life.
Unlike regular LED-backlit LCD displays, an OLED screen has pixels that produce their own light.All the devices rumoured to be launching at the Apple event
Here's everything we might see...
- Three new iPhones
- Apple Watch Series 5
- 16-inch Macbook
- AirPods 3
- iOS 13
- Apple TV+ news
- New HomePod
- Apple Tag tracking system
This lack of need for a backlight saves energy, because individual pixels can be turned off when they're supposed to be showing black.
It means you'll get more accurate colours on-screen, but it also means the display will use less energy.
After all, much of an Apple Watch screen is already black, so turning those pixels off can save large amounts of power.
We'll probably see a whole bunch of new Mac announcements, including a new iMac Pro and Mac Mini.
There's been plenty of talk about a new 16-inch MacBook Pro.
And Apple might finally announce the shipping date for the recently launched Mac Pro.
Also high on the agenda will be Apple services, including the new TV+ platform and the Apple Arcade gaming subscription.
We may hear about more roll-out locations for the Apple Card credit card, potentially including a UK launch.
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Deep Divisions as Afghan Negotiators Get Down to Details
By Abdul Qadir Sediqi and Hamid Shalizi
KABUL (Reuters) - The Afghan government and Taliban militants remain far apart on even the most basic issues a week into talks meant to end two decades of war that has killed tens of thousands of people.
The chasm, not just on the predictably thorny problem of a ceasefire but on foundational issues, suggests major hurdles to any hopes of binding the wounds of a ravaged country.
Despite the difficulties, the talks are the best hope for peace in years and come as a result of a February pact between the Taliban and the United States, allowing U.S. forces to withdraw in exchange for Taliban promises on terrorism.
But the Taliban have refused to agree to a ceasefire and the war is grinding on. About 40 people were killed in Taliban attacks last week.
With all foreign troops due to be gone by May next year, pressure is building on the U.S.-backed government as it grapples with how it can share power with its implacable foe or contend with a likely Taliban push for military victory.
Since the spotlight faded from the lavish Sept. 12 opening ceremony in a hotel ballroom in the Qatari capital, Doha, attended by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the two sides have only confirmed that they are diametrically opposed on virtually every issue.
"We are talking to a side that is difficult and inflexible and therefore things are not moving forward," said a senior negotiator on the Afghan government side.
The two sides will have to tackle a diverse range of issues to secure peace, from the legitimacy of the Kabul government to women's rights.
"The first week has demonstrated how complex the talks will be in general, with the most crucial one being Afghanistan's future political system," said Graham Smith, an independent analyst tracking closely the talks based in Afghanistan.
The Taliban emerged in the early 1990s from the chaos of factional strife between the Islamists who had battled occupying Soviet forces in the 1980s.
WISH FOR PEACE
Founded by religious students, the Pakistan-backed fighters brought a welcome but harsh peace, along with contempt for women's rights, blocking their education, forcing nearly all to quit work, restricting their movement and brutally enforcing a strict dress code.
In recent months, the Taliban have said they will respect women's rights under sharia but many educated woman who have come of age since the Taliban were ousted in 2001 for harbouring al Qaeda leader Osama bin laden have doubts.
Women could be the first casualty of the talks, some activists fear, if the government allows the rolling back of their rights to appease the Taliban.
Three diplomats overseeing the so-called intra-Afghan negotiations told Reuters the talks had bogged down over the finer points of Islamic law.
The government and Taliban both follow the Hanafi school of jurisprudence within Sunni Islam, but their interpretations of sharia law are "staunchly different", said a senior Western diplomat in Doha who declined to be identified due to the sensitivity of the talks.
This affects positions on key issues like punishments for crime, women's rights and freedom of speech.
President Ashraf Ghani's spokesman questioned what he said was the Taliban insistence on settling the issue of the Islamic system so early in the talks.
"This doesn't resonate well with our people's wish for a lasting peace and the current political system of Afghanistan which is an Islamic Republic state and has legitimacy," said the spokesman, Sediq Sediqqi.
One of the diplomats trying to shepherd the talks said the focus was for now on keeping the negotiators at the table, talking over tea in the Gulf capital, 2,000 km (1,200 miles) from their war-scarred home.
"They're carving up their playing field, the challenge for us is to make sure that no one leaves the field," said the diplomat.
(Additional reporting by Rupam Jain in Mumbai, Jibran Ahmad in Peshawar, Ahmad Sultan in Jalalabad; Writing by Rupam Jain; Editing by William Mallard, Robert Birsel)
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