Apple Event on September 12: How to watch, what to expect, will Apple kill home button?

Apple will hold another of its feted events on Wednesday, September 12, where the tech giant is expected to launch some new products.

Will there be a new iPhone for 2018? Probably.

Here’s what we know.

How can I watch?

You can stream the Apple event via the Apple website on September 12 from 6pm UK.

What will they announce?

Apple is expected to introduce an updated version of its iPhone X, launched last year, including a lower-priced version, reports 9to5Mac. The new version is expected to be called iPhone XS.

The biggest—and most controversial change planned—may be the removal of the home button.

Vox speculates that Apple will not have a button on its three new iPhone releases. Considering the furore around Apple removing the headphone jack from its iPhones, this will no doubt set off a Twitter firestorm.

Apple’s LGBT record

Apple has previously shown its support to the LGBT+ community in many ways.

The technology giant launched a colourful new watch face for the Apple Watch as part of the release of iOS 11.4 and watchOS 4.3.1 earlier this year to coincide with Pride.

The new face was “inspired by the rainbow flag,” and “the threads of color move if you tap the display.”

Apple’s latest features for the watch coincide with Pride month.

Last year, the tech company launched a rainbow Apple Watch strap, with proceeds going to LGBT charities. 

However, Apple also came under fire in May when it was reported the company was considering opening a base in North Carolina.

Government officials told the Associated Press that the tech giant was in the final stages of deciding whether to open a large corporate hub in the Raleigh-Durham area.

However, the potential move into North Carolina was strongly criticised due to the state’s harsh laws that allow discrimination against LGBT people.

North Carolina operated the controversial HB2 bathroom bill which allowed businesses to discriminate against transgender people and force them to use public bathrooms based on the sex on their birth certificates.

Kate Oakley of the Human Rights Campaign told AP: “Apple has an opportunity to lead by locating and investing in places that fully protect LGBTQ people. North Carolina is not one of those places.”