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5 things we’re expecting at Apple’s event today

A crew works outside the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium as preparations continue for the Apple product announcements in San Francisco.

A crew works outside the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium as preparations continue for the Apple product announcements in San Francisco.

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We’re just a few hours away from Apple’s annual September event.

As usual, Apple has remained extremely tight-lipped about what it will announce during the presentation at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. But here’s what we expect to see:

1. New iPhones. This one is practically a given, as Apple refreshes its flagship device once a year in the fall.

The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are expected to come with Force Touch, a feature that senses the amount of pressure a user exerts on the display; a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera; an improved FaceTime front-facing camera; a less-bendable aluminum frame; and a faster A9 processor. A rose gold color is expected to join the current lineup of space gray, silver and gold.

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2. Refreshed Apple TV. The company’s set-top device will probably come with a new remote control, enhanced capabilities for video games, a dedicated App Store, universal search and integrated Siri voice recognition.

3. iPad Pro. Investors have been waiting for Apple to release a bigger, 12.9-inch iPad geared toward businesses, and this could finally be the time.

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4. Smarter Siri. Apple’s virtual personal assistant is in for a major upgrade, which should make Siri much more intelligent. On Apple’s invite for the event, it said: “Hey Siri, give us a hint.”

5. Software updates. During Apple’s developer conference in June, it showed off its upcoming iOS 9 mobile operating system, OS X El Capitan for desktop computers and WatchOS 2 for the Apple Watch. The new software was already expected for this fall, and might be available for download immediately after the event.

We’ll be at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium bright and early this morning and will give you updates from the event all day. Until then, here’s our longer preview of the show.

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