Tech Report: Apple event preview

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Apple’s big press event is Wednesday morning, and they’re expected to unveil new iPhones and other gadgets.

One big difference of Apple’s press event this year is the location has moved to higher profile location — The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, which is right in the middle of the Civic Center in San Francisco.

That is located right next to city hall. The new models may have Force Touch technology built into the screen which can distinguish between a light tap and deep press.

The Apple Watch was the first device to feature this. Force Touch on the iPhone could add quick options and shortcuts to access different apps and services.

Reports suggest that the next iPhone will come with a massive camera improvement with a 12-megapixel (rear-camera) sensor. And that rear camera is said to support video shooting in 4K resolution.

On the front side, the camera will come with a 5-megapixel sensor for selfies (and facetime), with at least 720p HD video recording.

If you ever wanted to purchase a pinkish iPhone, you might be in luck this year. Word on the street is the next iPhone will come in the usual colors and a new rose gold color.

The next iPhones are expected to be much stronger and sturdier, and there should be no bendgate issues.

Apple may use a different alloy combination, which is said to offer a stronger base for the volume keys and power button, the alleged weak points in iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus.

Apple traditionally unveils new iPads at a separate event in October. But the rumor just won’t die that Apple is going to unveil an iPad pro — a giant 12.9 inch iPad for professional use for on-the-site jobs that require mobility with computing.

And lastly, Apple might unveil a new Apple TV streaming box. It’s been three years since the last update.

The rumors suggest the new Apple TV will have support for Siri, a redesigned touchpad remote control and an app store to download software and games. The new Apple TV might offer a big move into the video game market for Apple.

Tech reporter Gabe Slate will be live tweeting from the Apple event which begins at 10 a.m. You can follow him @gabeslate.

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