Apple’s annual iPhone-centric fall event kicks off on Wednesday, September 7, and unlike last year, members of the media will be invited to test the new device in person. We’ve been hearing rumors about the next-generation iPhones for many months now, so we know the ins and outs of what to expect.
This guide below focuses on what we are expecting and the rumors we heard before.
Apple discontinued the iPhone 14 5.4-inch lineup because of the low sales. The iPhone 13 mini will be the last iPhone at the 5.4-inch size, 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 the 6.1-inch iPhone 14, the 6.7-inch “iPhone 14 Plus” or “iPhone 14 Max,” the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro, and the 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max. Apple For much of the rumor cycle, the standard 6.7-inch iPhone in the works was assumed to be called the iPhone 14 Max after the Pro Max naming scheme, but rumors now suggest that it could instead be called the iPhone 14 Plus.
Aside from the new dimensions, the standard iPhone 14 model looks almost identical to the iPhone 13 model, with most of the changes reserved for the more expensive Pro model. There will be no design changes and the Face ID notch will remain, nor are the iPhone 14 models expected to adopt ProMotion technology.
Rumors said the iPhone 14 and 14 Max didn’t feature an upgrade chip and still use the A15 chip like iPhone 13. The iPhone 14 models are more of an iPhone 13S refresh, but there are a few new features that are coming.
The iPhone 14 models are upgrading the ultra-wide-angle cameras from last year’s iPhone 13 models, and they’ll also feature an upgraded front-facing camera with a wider f/1.9 aperture and autofocus.
We’re expecting 6GB RAM, up from 4GB, and all of the iPhone 14 models are rumored to feature an updated Snapdragon X65 10 Gigabit 5G modem from Qualcomm. The X65 modem enables some satellite connectivity features, so there have been rumors that Apple is going to implement satellite-based emergency features that will let users send texts in emergency situations and report major emergencies in areas where there is no cellular coverage.
WiFi 6E support is coming, and there’s rumored to be a new purple color that will join in black, white, red, and blue. Pricing is expected to stay the same, starting at $799.
Apple Watch Series 8
The Apple Watch Series 8 is expected to look like the Apple Watch Series 7, with no notable design changes. Apple will continue to offer 41 and 45mm size options, and the S8 chip inside is expected to offer the same performance as the S7.
The new temperature sensor is able to detect changes in body temperature. To start with, it’ll be used for fertility planning, but future versions of the Apple Watch could alert you if you have a higher-than-normal body temperature.
Measuring body temperature from the skin is not as accurate as taking core body temperature readings, so the “Apple Watch Series 8” is unlikely to provide a specific temperature number, but just monitor changes over time
Both car crash detection and fall detection may be added to the Apple Watch Series 8. The accelerometer would detect a spike in gravitational force and would then alert emergency services if necessary.
There could be updates to activity tracking, though what specifically we don’t know, and Apple is working on an updated low-power mode. The updated low power mode would allow more functions to work while battery life is being preserved, rather than simply limiting all features.
Apple Watch Pro
Alongside the Apple Watch Series 8 models, Apple is planning to launch a higher-end “Apple Watch Pro,” though it may sport a different name. The “pro” version of the Apple Watch will have an updated design that Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman has described as an “evolution of the current rectangular shape.”
It will be larger than the current 45mm Apple Watch Series 7, and will feature a display that measures two inches diagonally, up from the 1.9-inch diagonal screen size of the 45mm Apple Watch. The display will have a resolution of 410 x 502, and the extra display area could be used to show additional fitness metrics on a single screen.
The Apple Watch Pro isn’t just a higher-end version of the Apple Watch, it’s also more rugged and is aimed at those who need more protection for extreme sports and other intensive activities. It will be made from a titanium alloy that is better able to hold up to abuse, and it will have a shatter-resistant display.
Because the Apple Watch Pro is expected to be larger than the Series 8 models, it will accommodate a bigger battery and could thus support longer battery life for longer workout times. With the low power mode, it could even last for more than one day before needing to be recharged.
Aside from the new design and the larger body, the Apple Watch Pro is expected to include all of the same features as the Series 8. It will be more expensive, perhaps priced somewhere in the range of $900 to $1000.
Apple Watch SE 2
A new version of the affordable Apple Watch SE 2 is in the works and is expected to debut alongside the Apple Watch Series 8, but there’s no word on what new features it might include. We can perhaps expect a faster processor and an always-on display, a feature originally introduced with the Series 6.
Other New Products
There are new AirPods and iPads in the works, but it is not clear if Apple will introduce these devices at the September event or save them for a second event that could potentially happen in October.
AirPods Pro 2
The AirPods Pro hasn’t been refreshed since its 2019 launch, but a new version is in the works for 2022. Early rumors suggested that Apple might go with a smaller, stemless design, but more recent information has indicated a design that’s similar to the current design with silicone ear tips and a stem.
The 11 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models are expected to see a refresh this year, and the main update will be a faster M2 chip. The M2 chip was first used in the MacBook Air and the 13-inch MacBook Pro, and it will bring speed and efficiency improvements over the M1 in the current iPad Pro models.
There were rumors that the 11-inch iPad Pro might get a mini-LED display, but it doesn’t sound like that’s going to happen because of cost issues and supply constraints.
The iPad Pro is rumored to feature a version of MagSafe wireless charging much like the iPhone, perhaps through a larger glass Apple logo that could facilitate the charging feature. Reverse wireless charging is also a possibility, so the iPad could be used to charge other devices as well.
Rumors of a new Apple Pencil have popped up here and there, but it’s not looking like we’re going to get a refreshed Apple Pencil this year as there hasn’t been new information on that front for quite some time.
When and how to watch the Apple event?
The iPhone 14 event will take place on Wednesday, September 7 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time. Apple will live stream the event on its website and on YouTube.