The event, which will be held in San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, is the company’s most important annual outing. Even as the iPhone remains the outsize producer of Apple’s revenue and profit, sales of the smartphone have recently been declining. So more than ever, the onus is on Apple to keep up excitement for the gadget.
What’s different this time is that the rumormongers have been buzzing about something that the new iPhones will lack, rather than a flashy new feature. The item that is supposed to disappear is the traditional headphone jack, with Apple expected to turn people toward wireless headphones instead.