Apple’s biggest event of the year is finally upon us. Titled ‘Far Out’ and taking place at the Apple Park campus, it starts 10:00 AM PT for both in-person attendees and those watching on stream from Apple’s website and YouTube channel.
Here’s what to expect.
This is Apple’s main Fall event and per tradition, it’s all about the new iPhones. Apple will unveil four new iPhone 14’s – the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro and the new 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Plus and iPhone 14 Pro Max. The move to a more-affordable Plus-sized phone comes at the expense of the iPhone mini, which is getting axed due to disappointing sales.
The more solid rumors point to the Pro duo having the bigger updates. The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will get a new dual cutout for the selfie and FaceID cameras, which will be joined in software as one long pill-shaped notch, which will fit the privacy indicators for the microphone and camera between the physical cutouts. The main wide camera will have a new 48MP larger sensor that will enable 8K video recording. The ultrawide camera will get a bigger sensor for improved low light shots and the selfie camera will finally get autofocus and likely imager improvements. Rumors suggest Apple will finally show off an Always-on display for the iPhone. Finally, the iPhone 14 Pro models will get the new A16 chipset.
The non-Pro models will retain the A15 Bionic chip of last year and will likely inherit the wide camera from the iPhone 13 Pro – a bigger sensor with a brighter lens. Some rumors suggest the non-Pro models will get the improved ultrawide camera, but the reports are uncertain about potential AF on the selfie camera.
The new iPhones will retain the Lightning port for another year, but could see charging speeds increase to 30W.
The Pro models will likely see a price hike, $100 in the US and likely significantly more in Europe.
All iPhone 14 models could feature an innovative new satellite connectivity support, which Apple tried to unveil last year but couldn’t finalize. That could be linked to the ‘Far Out’ tagline of the event. Satellite company Globalstar has been linked with providing connectivity for Apple. Think of the feature as a last resort when all other means of communication are lost, it will pack enough bandwidth for a call or a text message and nothing more.
Watch Series 8, Watch Pro, Watch SE
The next announcement, priority-wise, will be the Apple Watch Series 8, though it’s conceivable that Apple will lead with it.
Expect to see the new Watch Series 8 packing a faster S8 chip. While it’s unlikely we’ll see blood pressure monitoring, we are likely to see a new temperature monitor that will alert the wearer of a possible fever and be able to help with fertility tracking.
Apple will break ground on a new pro device – the Watch Pro. It will bring a larger 47mm case – up from the 41mm and 45mm sizes of Apple’s current smartwatches. Rumors suggest the Pro could have a flat-edged display and will include superior build quality – possibly a sapphire display and titanium case. Expect the Apple Watch Pro to be in the $900-$1000 price range
Finally, there’s the new Watch SE. It should retain the display size of the current Watch SE, meaning the S8 chip will be the biggest improvement.
AirPods Pro 2 and iOS 16
The three-year-old AirPods Pro are getting a replacement. The new AirPods Pro will be the first to support Apple’s Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC), which could tie in with improved Bluetooth support.
The AirPods Pro may feature a new stem-less design with built-in wing tips, similar to the Beats Fit Pro.
Apple is set to have finished work on iOS 16 and is set to launch the update a week after the iPhone 14 event. Among its biggest features are the new customizable lock screen, bottom-placed notifications, new profiles for different scenarios, and the ability to edit and unsend in Messages.