With the launch of Apple’s next-generation iPhone models expected to be less than a week away, consumer excitement about the so-called “iPhone 6” debut has reached fever pitch. In case you haven’t heard, Apple is supposedly unveiling two new iPhone models with larger screen sizes of 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches at a media event scheduled on September 9. The devices are expected to feature the usual incremental hardware improvements — such as a faster processor — but may also include previously unseen elements, such as a sapphire-covered screen.
As if the prospect of a new iPhone and a new iOS operating system wasn’t enough to get an Apple fan’s heart racing, the latest rumors also suggest that the fabled iWatch may make an early appearance. According to sources cited by Re/code who are supposedly in the know, Apple will unveil its long-rumored wearable tech product alongside the new iPhone models at the same media event on September 9. The wrist-worn device is expected to work in conjunction with the HealthKit health data storage platform, as well as HomeKit, the connected home framework that Apple unveiled at the last Worldwide Developers Conference. Finally, Apple is also expected to refresh its iPad product line sometime in October.
While Apple’s latest products will likely dominate the tech news coverage for a while, there are several non-iOS-based products that are expected to make their debut this fall. Here are seven soon-to-be-released products from Apple’s competitors that may give the Cupertino, California-based company a run for its money — or at least offer a distraction from the upcoming slew of Apple products.