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Apple’s iPhone 14 event: What to expect

Apple’s iPhone 14 launch event is just weeks away, and it’s expected to showcase not just the new iPhone, but a range of new devices. We’re also looking for a trio (yes, we said it Three) new Apple Watch models and even a refreshed pair of AirPods Pro earbuds.

Apple is holding a small in-person event at its Apple Park campus and will stream the show online, similar to what it did with WWDC in June. Here’s what we can expect to see at Apple’s hardware-heavy event on September 7, 2022 at 1PM ET.

The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will get some major upgrades

Apple will, of course, reveal the all-new iPhone 14 in September, but the standard model won’t be the star of the show. iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max are expected to have new and exciting features.

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The 14 Pro and Pro Max have three big features: an always-on display (a feature that’s been on Android phones for years); 48-megapixel rear camera with large sensor; And a screen that ditches the notch in favor of smaller camera cutouts. Speaking of cutouts, a report Mock Rumors This suggests that the camera and speaker will have different cutouts when the screen is off, while it forms a long pill shape when it’s on.

The phone should also get an upgraded A16 processing chip and come in two new colors: blue and deep purple. It’s rumored to support a faster 30W charger (but the phone probably won’t come with USB-C), as well as start with 256GB of storage, a jump from the 128GB floor that previous Pro and Pro Max models had. . It’s a solid list of new features that Apple is using to justify the rumored price hike.

However, the standard version of the iPhone 14 doesn’t seem to come with too many major changes. The biggest update to the non-Pro model is expected to introduce a larger 6.7-inch display on the iPhone 14 Max — if it’s even called that. The phone’s packaging purportedly from Apple’s factory indicates that the company plans to swap out the “Max” branding on the standard iPhone model for “Plus,” a moniker Apple hasn’t used since the iPhone 8 Plus.

Name aside, rumors from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggest that the iPhone 14 (Plus Pro and Pro Max) may also feature an improved selfie camera that uses autofocus. Performance-wise, the base iPhone 14 uses the same A15 processor used in the iPhone 13 series. And if you’re a small phone lover, sorry to say there won’t be a new Mini this year.

Rumors are also rife about the iPhone 14 coming with satellite connectivity, which users can take advantage of in emergencies without cellular service. Satellite connectivity was rumored for the iPhone 13 last year, and in February, satellite company Globalstar bought 17 new satellites to “provide continuous satellite services to a potential customer,” which some speculated was Apple. “Far Out” event branding may also indicate this possibility.

New Apple Watch Models: Series 8, SE and “Pro”

Apple is gearing up to release three new Apple Watch models: the Watch Series 8, a refreshed SE, and a new rugged “Pro” model designed for athletes who engage in extreme sports.

Let’s start with Series 8. According to Bloomberg Reporter Mark Gurman says the next-gen watch will come with a new S8 chip, but it won’t offer a notable performance upgrade over the S7 and S6 chips. While Apple isn’t expected to include a way to monitor your blood pressure just yet, it could come with a temperature sensor that detects if you have a fever.

The Apple Watch Series 7 is green in color.

Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge

Meanwhile, the new Apple Watch SE is expected to replace the budget Watch Series 3. It is likely to come with an S8 chip, an upgrade on the S5 chip used by the 2020 SE model. Other than that, it doesn’t look like any other major changes are in store – it’s expected to have the same display size as the current SE.

As for the rumored Apple Watch “Pro,” Gurman believes it could come with a larger “nearly 2-inch display” that would be “more shatter-resistant.” It may also have a “strong metal” case instead of the previously suggested rubberized exterior. A report from Japan based Mac Otakara Adding more color to these rumors, the Pro model is said to feature a flat-edge display with a larger 47mm case, an increase from the 41mm and 45mm sizes of the Apple Watch Series 7. It may not even fit older watch bands.

While we don’t expect the first variation of this watch to come with satellite connectivity, Gurman predicts that a future model of the Pro Watch could include satellite features, which the company has reportedly discussed internally. Even without the satellite features, don’t expect this watch to be cheap — Gurman expects it to cost between $900 and $999.

The next generation of AirPods Pro

AirPods Pro hasn’t received an update since its launch in 2019. Now, almost three years later, we can finally see the release of the AirPods Pro 2.

First, expect them to look different. The new AirPods Pro may resemble the Beats Fit Pro, potentially with an in-ear wing tip design that comes under the stem. They can also focus on fitness tracking due to the potential of upgraded motion sensors.

Kuo also hinted at the possibility of AirPods Pro supporting lossless audio allowing for high-quality sound. It also makes the AirPods Pro 2 the first model to use Apple’s Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) — which the high-end AirPods Max doesn’t even support. If the AirPods Pro 2 support Apple’s lossless audio codec, it will be interesting to see how Apple handles the limitations of Bluetooth, which typically requires compression of audio quality.

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However, reports from Mock RumorsAnd 9to5MacApple may take a different approach. Apple may instead be working on adding Bluetooth 5.2 support, which uses a new codec that transmits audio more efficiently, allowing for higher quality audio or reduced battery consumption. A recent filing with the Bluetooth SIG products database indicates that Apple is considering adopting the technology for the AirPods Pro and 9to5Mac It saw references to the technology in the iOS 16 code.

The AirPods Pro 2 charging case may also be upgraded. It might come with a small speaker that makes a sound when you try to locate it through the Find My app. Only AirPods make noise right now, and if you’re ever separated from your AirPods, adding that capability is useful.

We can get iOS 16 and watchOS 9 launch dates

We first heard about iOS 16 when Apple announced it in June, and we have a pretty good idea of ​​what to expect based on what we’ve seen from the public beta. Gurman said Apple finished development last week and the company is likely to launch the final version of iOS 16 within a week of its iPhone 14 event.

iOS 16 brings many new features including editing and unsending messages as well as a customizable lock screen. It also introduces reposition notifications that appear at the bottom of your lock screen, and a Live Activities lock screen widget that provides updates on real-time events like sports scores or food delivery progress. Yes, and the battery percentage is back… but not in the way you’d expect (or like).

Apple Watch Series 7 showing the Create Workout screen for custom runs

Photo by Victoria Song / The Verge

Along with iOS 16, Apple may also launch watchOS 9 along with its three new smartwatches. The watchOS 9 beta has been out for a few months now, and it’s set to bring some improvements to the Apple Watch. This includes new running metrics, medication reminders, sleep stage tracking, passive AFib monitoring, and improved watchface customization.

Is that all?

It seems that this is what it is for This is A specific Apple event, but luckily, we won’t have to wait long for another round of new Apple products. Apple is expected to return to its old pre-pandemic schedule of holding an iPhone event in September to showcase its new iPads and Macs, followed by a separate event in October.

Only then can we expect a new M2-equipped iPad Pro and an entry-level iPad with an A14 chip. Apple is also rumored to release three new Macs including the Mac Mini, Mac Pro and MacBook Pro with Apple’s M2 chip. iPadOS and macOS Ventura are also expected to arrive around this time.

We’re still waiting for Apple’s long-rumored mixed reality headset, and expecting the company to show it off this year would be a long shot. However, Apple seems to be making some progress. Recent trademark filings suggest Apple is considering “reality” branding for its new headset, which its board of directors was forced to test earlier this year. Kuo predicts the device won’t launch until January 2023.

Update August 24, 12:05PM ET: Updated to confirm that Apple’s event is happening on September 7.

Update August 29, 11:29AM ET: Apple has updated to add new rumors about upcoming devices.

Update August 31, 5:47PM ET: Updated to add additional rumors about the iPhone 14.

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