What to expect from Apple’s “Far Out” event on September 7

The futuristic glass-walled building offers views of the surrounding forest.
Enlarge / Inside the Steve Jobs Theater building at Apple Headquarters.

Samuel Axone

Apple announced a new product launch event for September 7and it’s a safe bet we’ll see the next wave of flagship iPhone models when the company’s executives and product managers take the stage at the Steve Jobs Theater.

Funnily enough, this is the earliest of the month that we can remember that Apple held an event in September recently, and it may also be the earliest that the company announced the event before it took place. happen, since there are more than two weeks left.

But those aspects aside, we don’t think this will be a particularly unusual event. Apple always uses the September event to announce new iPhone and Apple Watch models, which is exactly what we’re expecting on September 7.

Here are the announcements we expect to see during the event, and a few that we think you should moderate your expectations on as well.

iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro

The iPhone 14 Pro will get some exciting new features this year, including two that have been long requested.

These big changes are the introduction of an always-on screen as owners of Samsung Galaxy flagships and many other high-end Android phones have long enjoyed, and the removal of the camera notch at the top of the display in favor of something resembling a hole perforation.

Other possible improvements include a faster A16 system-on-chip (SoC), a bigger and better 48-megapixel wide rear camera with 8K video capture capabilities and new front camera features.

Below: a look at the improvements made to last year’s iPhone 13 Pro over 2020’s iPhone 12 Pro.

Unfortunately, all of this could come with a $100 price hike over the iPhone 13 Pro phones, according to a leak.

By contrast, the standard, non-Pro iPhone 14 should be a bit of a no-no for those looking forward to big changes.

The base iPhone 14 might not even upgrade the chip inside the phone, opting for the A15 instead of the new A16 SoC. That said, the iPhone 14 could bump its RAM from 4GB to 6GB, offering some modest performance boosts in some situations.

Unfortunately for those who like to use their phone, Apple would have to abandon the relatively mini size little sold which we saw in the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 ranges.

Instead, the company will offer an iPhone 14 with a 6.1-inch display and a new iPhone 14 Max with a 6.7-inch display, the exact sizes seen on the Pro side.

Apple Watch Series 8 and SE, and more

We haven’t heard much about big changes coming to the Apple Watch Series 8 or its cheaper cousin, the Apple Watch SE. But some sort of spec bump and minor improvements are likely for both.

If that doesn’t excite you much, adding a third Apple Watch model could:Apple Watch Pro“Intended for serious use in sports and fitness settings.

The Apple Watch Pro might not have many new features, but it could come with a more durable titanium case, a potentially bigger and more damage-resistant screen, and a higher price tag.

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