Apple has confirmed an "invitation only event" in San Francisco on September 9, where it is expected to unveil its next generation iPhone.

Expected to be called the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the handsets are expected to look identical to the current version - but include radically overhauled internals and a new force sensitive screen.

A new Apple TV set top box, which can run apps, is also expected to be unveiled (early Thursday September 10 NZ time).

Recent reports also claims the tech giant could be planning to release another handset just months later.

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Apple suppliers are gearing up for the launch of a smaller 4-inch model dubbed iPhone 6C as soon as November.

It follows reports in May that a smaller, cheaper model would launch before the end of the year and feature the same Touch ID sensor seen on the flagship handsets.

Apple typically launches its new handsets each year at an event in September and this year the firm is expected to release its iPhone 6S and 6S Plus.

These models will be more powerful version of last year's 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets.

The much anticipated new version of its $69 TV box is also expected to be unveiled in September alongside new iPhones, and will run a version of Apple's iOS.

It is also expected to have a new, touchpad remote and boosted performance.
"According to sources, this new Apple TV model, codenamed J34, will be the first model to run a full-blown iOS core," 9to5Mac claims.

"Specifically, the new Apple TV operating system will be a TV-optimized version of iOS 9."

It says the new device will be smaller and slimmer than the current version.

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"We've heard that the new model looks like the prior Apple TV, but it is slimmer and slightly wider," it said.

The new remote control will include touch-based input and gesture support, and the TV will use Apple's Siri assistant.

At last year's launch event, Apple had been expected to launch a iPhone 6C following the release of the 5C the previous year but these rumours were proved wrong.

iPhone 6S: What to expect

Apple typically launches its new handsets each year at an event in September and this year the firm is expected to release its iPhone 6S and 6S Plus.

These models will be more powerful version of last year's 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets.

Although Apple has not confirmed any details, analysts claim the handset will include:

• Updated processor
• New "Force Touch" pressure sensitive screen
• Upgraded camera

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Models will be available in new rose gold colour option, similar to that offered on the Apple Watch.

- Daily Mail