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Apple invite: The special event on September 9 is widely believed to be the launch date of the much-anticipated iPhone 6.

Apple invite: The special event on September 9 is widely believed to be the launch date of the much-anticipated iPhone 6.

Apple's iPhone. Photo: Science Museum/PA Wire

Apple's iPhone. Photo: Science Museum/PA Wire

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Apple invite: The special event on September 9 is widely believed to be the launch date of the much-anticipated iPhone 6.

It has been hyped as Apple’s biggest product launch in years. But just what will the iPhone company unveil on September 9 at 6pm? Here are five things to look out for:

1. iPhone 6

This one is a dead cert. Apple is due to upgrade its biggest-selling product and all signs point to at least one iPhone 6. The main difference between it and the iPhone 5 is that it will have a bigger, 4.7-inch screen. A second, even larger, iPhone 6 may also be announced.

2. Digital payments

Apple looks set to go where no-one has succeeded yet. It will, according to reports, launch a new electronic payments system that lets you use your iPhone and other ‘iDevices’ as standalone payment tools. The company is said to have completed deals with credit card companies, banks and major US retailers to this end.

3. iWatch

There’s little doubt that Apple is working on an iWatch and there are strengthening reports that the company will add this into Tuesday’s launch. Reports claim that the device will have a curved screen and will be capable of making micro-payments.

4. New operating system

Actually, iOS8 -- the updated version of the operating system that runs on iPhones, iPods and iPads -- was already announced in the summer. But so far, it has only been in ‘beta’ (meaning trial) mode. Expect it to be launched on the new iPhones.

5. New iPad

This one is an outside shot. While new iPads are definitely coming, it may not be bundled into this particular launch. Even still, major retailers say that their iPad stocks have been allowed to run down, usually a sign of an updated model. If so, look for a slimmer model with a slightly better screen.

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