Apple’s annual iPhone-centric fall event is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, September 7th, and unlike last year, there will be an in-person component with members of the media invited to test our new devices. We’ve been hearing rumors about the next generation of iPhones for several months now, so we know the ins and outs of what to expect.
This guide highlights everything we can expect to see (and some more remote possibilities) at the September event based on the rumors we’ve heard so far.
The biggest change in the iPhone 14 is the ditching of the 5.4-inch iPhone mini, which was discontinued due to poor sales. The iPhone 13 mini will be the last 5.4-inch iPhone, but there are still four iPhones coming this year.
Apple is replacing the 5.4-inch iPhone with a larger 6.7-inch model, so we can expect to see a 6.1-inch iPhone 14 or 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Plus’, iPhone 14 Max, or 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro and 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max. For a lot of rumors, the standard 6.7-inch iPhone in the works was supposed to be called iPhone 14 Max after the Pro Max naming scheme, but now rumors suggest that it could instead be called the iPhone 14 Plus.
Aside from the new size, the standard iPhone 14 models will look virtually identical to the iPhone 13 models, with most of the changes going to the more expensive Pro models. There will be no design changes and the Face ID notch will remain, and iPhone 14 technology models are not expected to adopt ProMotion technology.
In fact, rumors suggest that the iPhone 14 and 14 Max will not even get an updated A-series chip, and will continue to use the A15 that was present in the iPhone 13 models. iPhone 14 models are more of an update to the iPhone 13S, but there are some new features coming.
iPhone 14 models get the upgraded ultra-wide camera that came to last year’s iPhone 13 models, and will also have an upgraded front camera with an f/1.9 aperture and autofocus capabilities.
We’re expecting 6GB of RAM, up from 4GB, and all iPhone 14 models are rumored to have an updated Snapdragon X65 10 Gigabit 5G modem from Qualcomm. The X65 modem does enable some satellite calling features, so there have been rumors that Apple will implement satellite-based emergency features that will allow users to send emergency text messages and report major emergencies in areas without cellular coverage.
WiFi 6E support is coming, and there are rumors of a new purple that will join black, white, red and blue. The price is expected to remain the same, starting at $799.
While minor changes come in the standard iPhone 14 models, the Pro line gets a more significant update. The 6.1 and 6.7-inch sizes don’t change, but Apple is rumored to be getting rid of the notch.
Instead of a notch, Apple is implementing a bead-shaped notch and a punch-hole, both of which will house the front camera and the TrueDepth system required for Face ID. Although these two cutouts are distinct, Apple plans to combine them into one long pill-shaped notch using the software.
The space between the two slots will darken when the iPhone is in use, making the cutouts indistinguishable from each other. With this design, it will look like one hole instead of two different sized holes, which will make the look more streamlined.
Rumor has it that Apple will use the space between the cutouts for the microphone and camera indicator lights, but the area between the cutouts will otherwise be black and appear as a single piece.
iPhone 14 Pro models are rumored to include a ProMotion display from 1Hz to 120Hz, which will enable the long-awaited Always-On Display function that is expected to work similarly to the Apple Watch’s always-on display.
The front camera will feature an f/1.9 aperture and autofocus capabilities like the regular iPhone 14. There will be a larger, more prominent camera bump to accommodate a new 48MP wide lens with a 21 percent larger sensor that supports high-resolution photos and 8K video recording, marking one of the biggest camera updates we’ve seen on the iPhone line in years.
The telephoto lens will be upgraded from a 6-element lens to a 7-element lens, and we can also see improvements in the ultra-wide camera. 6GB of RAM is expected, like the iPhone 13 Pro models, and we’re relying on a faster Snapdragon X65 10 Gigabit 5G modem, WiFi 6E, and up to 2TB of storage. A new lilac color can join the graphite, gold and silver options.
With so many upgrades, the iPhone 14 Pro models can have a higher starting price, and Apple may increase the prices by about $100. If that happens, the iPhone 14 Pro will start at $1,099 and the iPhone 14 Pro Max will start at $1,199, but no specific pricing details are known at this time.
The Apple Watch Series 8 is expected to look like the Apple Watch Series 7, with no noticeable design changes. Apple will continue to offer 41 and 45mm options, and the S8 chip inside is expected to offer the same performance as the S7.
What we might get is a new temperature-sensing feature capable of detecting changes in body temperature. First of all, it will be used for fertility planning, but future versions of the Apple Watch can alert you if your body temperature is above normal.
Measuring body temperature from the skin isn’t as accurate as getting a basal body temperature reading, so the Apple Watch Series 8 isn’t likely to provide an exact temperature number, and instead just monitors changes over time.
Vehicle crash detection may be included in Apple Watch Series 8, with fall detection inversion. The accelerometer will detect a rise in the force of gravity and then alert emergency services if necessary.
There may be activity tracking updates, though from what we don’t know specifically, Apple is working on an updated Low Power Mode. An updated Low Power Mode will allow more functions to work while conserving battery life, rather than simply restricting all features.
Apple Watch Pro
Alongside the Apple Watch Series 8 models, Apple is planning to release the latest “Apple Watch Pro” model, although it may have a different name. The “Pro” version of Apple Watch will have an updated design BloombergMark Gorman described it as “an evolution of the current rectangular shape”.
It will be larger than the current 45mm Apple Watch Series 7 and will have a screen measuring two inches diagonally, higher than the 1.9 inch diagonal screen size of the 45mm Apple Watch. The screen resolution will be 410 x 502, and the additional display area can be used to show additional fitness metrics on a single screen.
The Apple Watch Pro is not just a high-end version of the Apple Watch, it’s also more powerful and aimed at those who need more protection for extreme sports and other intense activities. It will be made of a titanium alloy that is more tolerant of abuse, and will have a shatter-resistant screen.
Since the Apple Watch Pro is expected to be larger than Series 8 models, it will accommodate a larger battery and thus can support longer battery life for longer workout times. With Low Power Mode, it can last up to more than a day before needing to be recharged.
Aside from the new design and larger body, the Apple Watch Pro is expected to include all the features of the Series 8. It will be more expensive, possibly priced somewhere in the $900 to $1,000 range.
Apple Watch SE
A new version of the more affordable Apple Watch SE is in the works and expected to debut alongside the Apple Watch Series 8, but there’s no word on what new features it might include. We can probably expect a faster processor and an always-on display, a feature that was originally introduced with the Series 6.
There are new AirPods and iPads in the works, but it’s not clear if Apple will introduce these devices at a September event or save them for a second event that could happen in October.
AirPods Pro 2
AirPods Pro haven’t been updated since their launch in 2019, but a new version is in the works for 2022. Early rumors suggested that Apple might use a smaller design, but more recent information suggested a design similar to the current one with silicone ear tips and a shank.
The charging case is rumored to have holes in the speakers so that it will be able to play a sound when the AirPods are lost, and this will be in line with the improved Find My integration. AirPods 3 will provide improved audio, and there will be an updated H1 chip with self-adaptive noise cancellation capabilities.
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the AirPods Pro will feature Apple Lossless Audio (ALAC) support. No AirPods support lossless audio because AirPods function via Bluetooth, so for AirPods to play high quality lossless audio, Apple will need a non-Bluetooth solution.
Apple is rumored to be moving to USB-C across its lineup of products, but this year AirPods Pro are expected to continue using the Lightning port.
iPad of the 10th generation
Apple is developing a new low-cost iPad, which could have an updated design that brings it more in line with the iPad mini 6. Rumors and a leaked display suggest the tablet will have flat edges and rounded corners, although it will still have a button Touch ID Home has thicker bezels than other iPads.
It will include a 10.5-inch screen, a USB-C port, a faster A14 chip, a single-lens rear camera, 5G connectivity, and a front camera, but no headphone jack. Prices are expected to remain affordable.
The iPad Pro 11 and 12.9-inch models are expected to see an update this year, and the major update will be a faster M2 chip. The M2 chip was first used in the 13-inch MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, and will bring speed and efficiency improvements over the M1 in current iPad Pro models.
There were rumors that the 11-inch iPad Pro might get a small LED display, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen due to cost issues and display limitations.
The iPad Pro is rumored to have a version of MagSafe Wireless that charges much like iPhone, possibly with a larger glass Apple logo that could facilitate the charging feature. Reverse wireless charging is also a possibility, so your iPad can be used to charge other devices as well.
There have been rumors of a new Apple Pencil here and there, but it doesn’t look like we’ll be getting an updated Apple Pencil this year as there’s been no new information on that front for some time.
how to watch
The iPhone 14 event will take place on Wednesday, September 7th at 10:00 AM PST. Apple will broadcast the event live on its website and on YouTube.
For those who can’t watch, MacRumors will have live coverage of the event both on MacRumors.com and across MacRumorsLive Twitter account.
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