Apple’s iPhone 14 event: what to expect

Apple’s iPhone 14 event is just weeks away, and it’s expected to show off a slew of new devices, not just a new iPhone.We’re also looking for three (yes, we said three) new Apple Watch models, and even an updated pair of AirPods Pro earbuds.

Apple is expected to host a small live event at its Apple Park campus and stream the show online, similar to what it did at WWDC in June. Here’s what we’ll see at Apple’s hardware-intensive event expected to take place on September 7, 2022.

The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max get some major upgrades

Apple will of course release the all-new iPhone 14 in September, but the standard model may not be the protagonist of the show. The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max are expected to carry most of the exciting new features.

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The 14 Pro and Pro Max are expected to have three big features: an always-on display (a feature that Android phones have had for years); a 48-megapixel rear camera with a larger sensor; and a screen that ditches the notch and replaces it with Smaller camera cutout. The phone should also feature an upgraded A16 processing chip. That’s an impressive list of features that Apple could use to justify the rumored price hike.

However, it doesn’t appear that there won’t be many major changes to the standard iPhone 14. The biggest update to the non-Pro model is expected to be the introduction of a larger 6.7-inch display option. Previous rumors from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggested that the iPhone 14 (plus the Pro and Pro Max) might also have a better selfie camera with autofocus. In terms of performance, the base iPhone 14 will likely use the same A15 processor as the iPhone 13 series.

If you’re a small phone lover, I’m sorry to say that the new Mini probably won’t come out this year.

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

Apple is gearing up to launch three new Apple Watch models: the Watch Series 8; an updated SE; and a new rugged “Pro” model designed for athletes participating in extreme sports.

Let’s start with series 8.according to Bloomberg Reporter Mark Gurman says the next-gen watch will feature the new S8 chip, but it won’t offer a significant 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 include a temperature sensor that can detect if you have a fever.

Apple Watch Series 7 green.

Photography: Vjeran Pavic / The Verge

Meanwhile, the new Apple Watch SE is expected to replace the cheap Watch Series 3. It will likely feature the same S8 chip, which is an upgrade from the S5 chip used by the 2020 SE model. Other than that, it doesn’t look like there are any other huge changes – it’s expected to keep the same display size as the current SE.

As for the rumored rugged Apple Watch “Pro,” Gurman believes it could feature a larger “nearly 2-inch display” and be “more resistant to drops.” It’s also likely to have a “solid metal” case instead of the rubber one previously hinted at. But don’t expect this watch to be cheap — Gurman expects it to cost between $900 and $999.

Next-gen AirPods Pro

The AirPods Pro have not received an update since their initial launch in 2019. Now, nearly three years later, we may finally see the release of the AirPods Pro 2.

First, expect them to look different. The new AirPods Pro may be similar to the Beats Fit Pro, possibly with an earbud-style wingtip design that lowers the stem. They can also focus on fitness tracking thanks to the potential to upgrade motion sensors.

Kuo also hinted at the possibility of AirPods Pro supporting lossless audio for higher quality sound. It would also make the AirPods Pro 2 the first models to use Apple’s Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) — which not even the high-end AirPods Max support. If the AirPods Pro 2 eventually support Apple’s lossless audio codec, it will be interesting to see how Apple manages to bypass the limitations of Bluetooth, which often requires compressed audio quality.

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The AirPods Pro 2 charging case may also get an upgrade. It probably comes with a small speaker that makes a sound when you try to find it through the Find app. Right now only the AirPods themselves emit sound, and if it’s detached from your AirPods, adding functionality to the case might come in handy.

We may get iOS 16 and watchOS 9 release dates

We first heard about iOS 16 when Apple announced it in June, and based on what we saw from the public beta, we had a pretty good idea of ​​what to expect. Gurman said Apple wrapped up development last week and the company is likely to release the final version of iOS 16 in about a week after the iPhone 14 unveiling.

iOS 16 brings many new features, including the ability to edit and unsend messages and a customizable lock screen. It also introduces relocation notifications that appear at the bottom of the lock screen and a live activity lock screen widget that provides updates on real-time events, such as sports scores or meal delivery progress. Oh yes, the battery percentage is back…but not in the way you might expect (or like).

Apple Watch Series 7 showing the Create Workout screen for a custom run

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In addition to iOS 16, Apple could also launch watchOS 9 alongside its three new smartwatches. The watchOS 9 beta has been out for a few months, and it will bring a lot of improvements to the Apple Watch. This includes new running metrics, medication reminders, sleep stage tracking, passive AFib monitoring and enhanced watch face customization.

this is all?

It looks like this is for this A special Apple event, but luckily we don’t have to wait for another round of new Apple products. Apple is expected to return to its old pre-pandemic schedule of hosting an iPhone event in September, followed by a separate event in October to showcase its new iPads and Macs.

At that point, we can expect the new iPad Pro with the M2 as well as the entry-level iPad with the A14 chip. Apple is also rumored to release three new Macs, including the Mac Mini, Mac Pro, and MacBook Pro, all powered by the Apple M2 chip. iPadOS and macOS Ventura may also arrive around this time.

We’re still waiting for Apple’s long-rumored mixed reality headset, and expecting the company to reveal it this year is unlikely. However, it looks like Apple is making some progress. Its board reportedly tested the device earlier this year, but Kuo predicts it won’t launch until January 2023.

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