Apple’s biggest event of the year is just around the corner. As predicted, the event will take place next month on September 7. Apple sent invitations for the in-person performance entitled “Far Out”taking place at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California.
At the event, Apple is expected to present the highly anticipated iPhone 14, along with a bunch of other devices. As in years past, rumors have given us a fair idea of what this event will have on offer. From new iPhones, updated Apple Watches, and more, here’s what we expect to see from Apple on September 7.
Apple introduces the next-generation iPhone lineup in September of each year. Therefore, it is almost certain that the iPhone 14 will appear at the next event. The series has seen a plethora of leaks throughout the year, so there’s hardly any mystery surrounding it.
If the leaks are to be believed, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will be the ones to receive big updates, while the other two devices will see nominal changes. As stated, Apple could ditch the iPhone Mini in favor of an iPhone 14 Max. This device is said to have a screen as big as the iPhone 14 Pro Max, along with a bigger battery.
While the overall design is supposed to remain the same, the Pro models will likely get a pill and punch-hole display instead of the notch. This could be one of the most drastic design changes since the iPhone X, and it will be interesting to see what the pill-and-drill design looks like in person. In online mockup renders, it’s less than flattering.
As far as hardware is concerned, the iPhone 14 lineup may rock the A16 and A15 Bionic chips. The former would power the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, while the latter would be available on the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max. Apple is also supposed to update the main camera in the Pro models with a 48 megapixel main camerayes This sensor is tilted to be capable of recording 8K video. Along with the main sensor, the new iPhones can get an improved ultra-wide lens and a seven-element telephoto lens.
Finally, there have been numerous reports that the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max feature always-on displays for the first time on an iPhone. This is something we’ve seen mentioned for the past two iPhone generations, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed that it actually shows up with iPhone 14.
Apple Watch Series 8, Watch Pro and Watch SE 2
There could be a lot in store for you this coming September 7 if you’re planning an Apple Watch upgrade. According to rumors, Apple could show off three new Apple Watch models, including the Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch Pro, and an updated Watch SE.
The standard Apple Watch Series 8 will replace the existing model. There were previously rumors that it would show off a flat-sided redesign as the Series 7 was rumored to ship. However, more recent leaks suggest that the Apple Watch Series 8 will retain the same rounded shape as the Series 7.
The Apple Watch Series 8 may also get a new S8 chipset and temperature sensor, similar to the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5. More advanced health features like blood glucose monitoring aren’t expected until 2023, 2024 or later.
Apart from the regular Apple Watch Series 8, we could also get an Apple Watch Pro model. This is supposedly the rugged Apple Watch that has been in the rumor mill for a while now. According to analyst Mark Gurman, the Apple Watch Pro will have a better shatter-proof display, solid metal construction with a rubberized exterior for added protection, and longer battery life.
Apple is also tipped to release an updated Apple Watch SE, which could replace the Apple Watch Series 3. The new Apple Watch SE is rumored to ship with the updated S8 chipset, but other than that, it’s likely to be very similar. if not identical, to the current SE smartwatch.
AirPods Pro 2
The original AirPods Pro were introduced in 2019. While the product has been nothing short of revolutionary, it has yet to see an update. Rumors indicate that we could finally see the AirPods Pro 2 this year during the event on September 7.
The AirPods Pro 2 are expected to appear in a refreshed design that could be identical to the BeatsFitPro. If that’s true, the iconic stem will be dropped for an ear-style design. Aside from the design, a bunch of other changes may be in the works for the AirPods Pro 2 as well.
For example, the charging case may have a speaker that allows you to locate yourself through the Find My app. The headphones could also feature improved motion sensors capable of basic fitness tracking. And, most importantly, the AirPods Pro 2 would likely offer better sound quality with support for lossless audio.
Finally, Apple could introduce an entry-level iPad at the event on September 7.
Let’s start with the design. According to the leaks, the 10th generation iPad will have a similar design to the newer iPads. In other words, we are likely to see rounded corners and flat sides. The device is said to be transitioning to a USB-C port, and while that’s a welcome upgrade, it might come at the cost of losing the old 3.5mm headphone jack. What you probably won’t miss out on is the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, which will probably still be used instead of Face ID.
In terms of specifications, the iPad 10th Gen can boast a 10.5-inch screen. It could also be powered by an A14 Bionic chipset, giving it a welcome speed boost and possibly support for 5G connectivity.