Apple’s iPhone 14 launch event is just weeks away, and it’s expected to showcase a range of new devices — not just a new iPhone. We are also looking for three (yes, we said Three) new Apple Watch models and even a new pair of AirPods Pro headphones.
Apple is expected to hold a small in-person event at its Apple Park campus and stream the show online, like it did with WWDC in June. Here’s what we might see at Apple’s hardware event, which is set to take place on September 7, 2022.
iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max get major upgrades
Apple will of course unveil the all-new iPhone 14 in September, but the standard model probably won’t be the star of the show. The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max should pack most of the exciting new features.
There are three big features expected in the 14 Pro and Pro Max: a permanent display (a feature Android phones have had for years); a 48-megapixel rear camera with a larger sensor; and a screen that gets rid of the notch in favor of smaller camera cutouts. The phone should also receive a upgraded A16 processing chip. It’s an impressive list of features that Apple can use to justify a rumor of a price hike.
However, it doesn’t look like the standard version of the iPhone 14 will come with many major changes. 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 indicate that the iPhone 14 (plus Pro and Pro Max) may also have a better selfie camera that uses autofocus. In terms of performance, the base iPhone 14 will likely use the same A15 processor used in the iPhone 13 series.
And if you’re a little phone lover, I’m sorry to say a new Mini probably won’t make an appearance this year.
Only two Pro models would switch to the A16 processor, while the 14 and 14 Max would remain the A15. All four new models will likely come with 6GB of RAM, the difference being LPDDR 5 (14 Pro and 14 Pro Max) versus LPDDR 4X (14 and 14 Max). https://t.co/tHcszIz6gX
—Ming-Chi Kuo (@mingchikuo) March 13, 2022
New Apple Watch models: Series 8, SE and “Pro”
Apples prepares to launch three new Apple Watch models: the Watch Series 8; an updated SE; and a new rugged “Pro” model designed for athletes who practice extreme sports.
Let’s start with series 8. According Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman, the next-gen watch will feature a new S8 chip, but it won’t offer a noticeable performance upgrade over the S7 and S6 chips. While Apple shouldn’t include a way to monitor your blood pressure for nowit can be equipped with a temperature sensor which detect if you have a fever.
Meanwhile, the new Apple Watch SE should replace budget Watch Series 3. It will likely come with the same S8 chip, an upgrade over the S5 chip used by the 2020 SE model. Other than that, it doesn’t look like any other significant changes are in store – it should keep the same display size as the current SE.
As for the alleged rugged Apple Watch “Pro”, Gurman believes it could come with a bigger “almost 2-inch screen” that’s “more shatter-resistant”. It may also sport a “solid metal” casing instead of the rubberized exterior previously alluded to. But don’t expect this watch to be cheap – Gurman expects it to cost between $900 and $999.
The next generation of AirPods Pro
AirPods Pro haven’t received an update since their release initial launch in 2019. Now, nearly three years later, we can finally see the release of the AirPods Pro 2.
First, expect them to be different. The new AirPods Pro can look like the Beats Fit Pro, potentially with an in-ear wingtip design that drops the stem. They could also focus on fitness tracking thanks to the potential of improved motion sensors.
Kuo also alluded to the AirPods Pro may support lossless audio, resulting in higher quality sound. It would also make the AirPods Pro 2 the first model to use the Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) — not even the high-end AirPods Max supports it. If the AirPods Pro 2 end up supporting the Apple Lossless Audio Codec, it will be interesting to see how Apple manages to circumvent the limitations of Bluetooth, which typically requires audio quality compression.
The AirPods Pro 2 charging case may also benefit from an upgrade. It may have a small speaker that plays a sound when you try to locate it through the Find My app. Only the AirPods themselves play sound at the moment, and adding the capability to the case might come in handy if it ever separates from your AirPods.
We might get iOS 16 and watchOS 9 launch dates
We first heard of iOS 16 when Apple announced it in Juneand we have a pretty good idea of what to expect based on what we saw public beta. gurman says Apple finished development last weekand the company is likely to launch a finalized version of iOS 16 in about a week after its iPhone 14 event.
iOS 16 brings a number of new features, including the ability to edit and cancel messages as well as a customizable lock screen. It also introduces reposted notifications that appear at the bottom of your lock screen and a live activity lock screen widget that provides real-time event updates, such as sports scores or food delivery progress. Oh yeah, and battery percentage is back…but not in the way you might expect (or like).
In addition to iOS 16, Apple could also launch watchOS 9 alongside its three new connected watches. The watchOS 9 beta has been out for a few months now, and it should bring quite a few improvements to the Apple Watch. This includes new running metrics, medication reminders, sleep stage tracking, passive monitoring for atrial fibrillation, and improved dial personalization.
Is that all?
Looks like that’s why this particular Apple event, but luckily we shouldn’t have to wait much longer 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 and then a separate event in October to showcase its new iPads and Macs.
That’s when we can expect a new iPad Pro equipped with M2 as well as an entry-level iPad with the A14 chip. apple too rumored release of three new Macs, including a Mac Mini, a Mac Pro and a MacBook Pro, all equipped with Apple’s M2 chip. iPadOS and macOS Ventura will likely arrive around this time as well.
We’re still waiting for Apple’s mixed reality headset, and it would be a bit long to expect the company to show it off this year. However, it seems that Apple is making progress. His the board could have tested the device earlier this year, but Kuo predicts the device won’t launch until January 2023.