September is finally here, and we’re just days away from Apple’s next special event, which will take place on Wednesday, September 7. Based on rumors, Apple is expected to ship alongside at least two new Apple Watch models next week. With that in mind, what are you most looking forward to seeing at Apple’s “Far out” event?
At this point, the iPhone 14 rumors are solid enough to give us an idea of what to expect from Apple’s next-generation smartphone. As in the past two years, there will be four new iPhone models split across the regular and Pro lineup. While the Pro models will be available in the same 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch models, it will be a little different for the regular models.
This is because it is rumored that Apple will discontinue the 5.4-inch iPhone mini. That model is expected to be replaced by a new, larger 6.7-inch “iPhone 14 Plus”, while Apple will also keep the 6.1-inch size for the entry-level iPhone 14. Unfortunately, the iPhone 14 rumors are not. definitely exciting.
Multiple sources suggest that the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus will be quite similar to the iPhone 13 models in both hardware and design. There won’t be any major camera or display upgrades and even the processor will likely be the same as last year.
9to5Mac has learned from sources that two of the new iPhone 14 models will be equipped with a slightly better version of the A15 Bionic chip used in the iPhone 13, this time with 6 GB of RAM instead of 4 GB. The only notable upgrade besides the new size option would have to be the bigger battery along with software tricks exclusive to the new models.
iPhone 14 Pro
As for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, these two phones will be the star of the show. While the external design of the phones should be quite similar to the iPhone 13 Pro, rumors point to a new screen design that will ditch the notch at the top of the screen in favor of a new solution.
This new solution is a camera that combines a pill-shaped cutout for the Face ID sensors with a hole punch camera. However, Apple can make this notch replacement look like “one wide pill-shaped cutout,” leaving that entire area black thanks to the OLED display. Privacy icons to indicate when the camera or microphone is on are expected to be placed in this recess.
Another new technology exclusive to the new Pro models is the always-on display. This allows the system to constantly display some lock screen elements such as the clock, even when the screen is “off”. This is made possible by a new version of the ProMotion display with a variable refresh rate from 120 Hz to 1 Hz, further reducing power consumption.
iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are also getting major camera upgrades. This includes a new wide-angle lens with a 48-megapixel sensor capable of recording 8K video, a new ultra-wide-angle lens with larger pixels for better low-light performance and, for the first time, a new front-facing camera with autofocus.
Not only that, but rumors also suggest that the iPhone 14 Pro models will have a new kind of satellite communications for emergencies. Unfortunately, prices for the iPhone 14 Pro are expected to start higher than for the current generation.
Apple Watch Series 8
There’s not much to say about Apple Watch Series 8. The next version of Apple’s smartwatch will likely keep pretty much all of the fundamental aspects of the Series 7. The only new feature expected for this year’s models is the addition of a body temperature sensor.
Apple Watch Pro
But if Apple Watch Series 8 will be quite similar to Series 7, the same can’t be said about the rumored Apple Watch Pro. This new Pro model will be available in a new, never-before-seen screen format and will offer a more robust titanium body for users who engage in intense exercise. Rumors point to a new design with more flat bezels than the traditional Apple Watch models.
The Apple Watch Pro is rumored to support the same satellite communications as the iPhone 14 Pro. Previous reports suggest that the price for the Apple Watch Pro could start at $899.
Apple Watch SE
And if having two new Apple Watch models isn’t enough for you, maybe a third one is coming. There are also rumors pointing to the announcement of a new Apple Watch SE, the cheapest model of the Apple Watch. This time around, the Apple Watch SE would get the same S8 chip as the Series 8, an upgrade of the S5 chip in the current Apple Watch SE. However, other details such as the design and rendering should remain the same as the current generation.
Of course, there are also rumors of new Macs, iPads and even an Apple mixed reality headset. But these products are not expected at the September event. The only announcement besides the new iPhones and Apple Watch expected before next week’s event is the confirmation of the official release date of iOS 16 and watchOS 8 to the public.
And you? What are you most looking forward to seeing at Apple’s “Far out” event? Let us know in the poll and comments below.
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