Don’t you hate it after they give all the things away within the headline? So, a belated spoiler warning that, certainly, the iPhone 14 is nearly actually going to be the large headline announcement at Apple’s September event. Just a few different issues appear near sure, as properly, together with the Apple Watch Sequence 8.

As ever, there could also be one or two wildcards on the event. Will probably be fascinating to see exactly how a lot Apple finally ends up asserting subsequent week. The corporate was more than pleased to unfold bulletins throughout occasions, within the two+ years when all the things instantly went on-line. The easy reality is it’s quite a bit simpler to ask folks to drop all the things to cowl your event when it entails sitting in entrance of a pc as a substitute of flying throughout the U.S. This one, however, is more than likely going to be definitely worth the flight (I imply, I hope — no refunds on the tickets).

The corporate despatched out invitations earlier this month, sporting a galaxy shaped into the Apple emblem and the phrases “Far Out.” A subsequent animation exhibits the constellation spinning round to disclose a coronary heart. There’s usually some which means hidden within the invite artwork, and hypothesis has been rampant within the intervening week.

My first thought was one thing to do with the corporate’s rumored AR/VR headset. Others have urged that this might need one thing to do with the long-rumored satcom expertise for Apple gadgets, which didn’t make it in time for final 12 months’s event. Others nonetheless imagine it is likely to be a reference to the improved imaging on the brand new iPhones.

Tim Cook and smartphone

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So, let’s begin with the iPhone 14. Laborious to imagine, however the gadget had its fifteenth birthday this June. So, what does Apple have deliberate for the crystal anniversary? Rumor has it that the high-end gadgets are reportedly doing the heavy lifting this trip (expect a few of these upgrades to trickle all the way down to the decrease value fashions within the coming 12 months or two).

Probably the most stunning bit of reports this time round stands out as the long-awaited lack of the notch on the Professional and Professional Max. There’s some debate over the precise configuration, however a gap punch (as we’ve seen on various Android handsets through the years) is prone to arrive instead, maybe coupled with a secondary “capsule” design. So that you’re getting extra actual property, however compromising with a pair of digital camera cutouts.

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One other longstanding Android function — the always-on show — is rumored for the extra premium fashions. The primary digital camera is alleged to be getting a serious bump, as much as a 48-megapixel sensor. That’s for the wide-angle, with is paired with a few 12-megapixel cameras (telephoto and ultrawide).

The chip can also be getting up to date to the extra highly effective A16 — once more, that might be a premium-only improve right here. We all know {that a} transfer to USB-C is inevitable, given latest laws within the EU that can require gadget makers to embrace that common commonplace. Although even if related legal guidelines have been floated for various locales — together with the U.S. and India — the iPhone 14 is predicted to be the Lightning Port’s final stand for the road. Talking of final stands, the iPhone Mini could also be gone from the road altogether. That’s an enormous blow for followers of the small cellphone on the market — various whom are presently employed by TechCrunch. So expect a…spirited put up or two on these pages, ought to that come to move. The brand new line is predicted to come back in two 6.1-inch and two 6.7-inch fashions, with a typical and Professional model of every.

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The Apple Watch Sequence 8 is the opposite huge anticipated headline right here. The most recent model of Apple’s market-dominating smartwatch is predicted in three flavors, per rumors. There’s the SE (getting its first huge replace sine 2020), which can keep the identical footprint because the Sequence 7, together with a bigger Sequence 8 and a brand new outside/sports activities mannequin, designed to tackle the Garmins of the world.

Together with upping the display screen measurement, all three gadgets can also get upgraded to the brand new S8 chip. Together with software program enhancements, the system might lastly get a brand new low-power mode, which might go a methods towards bettering battery life — nonetheless the only largest drawback with the Apple Watch, in comparison with the remainder of the sector.

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Maybe probably the most overdue merchandise within the record: the AirPods Professional. The usual AirPods have gotten just a few updates, however the higher-end fashions haven’t seen one since they had been launched means again in 2019. Three years is perpetually within the earbud world, and the competitors has had loads of time to catch up and even — in just a few instances — move Apple right here.

Lossless audio is rumored. There could also be a redesign, as properly, that would take away the long-lasting clicking stem. That may current a reasonably dramatic change to the gadget’s controls. One other fascinating potential merchandise is the addition of sound for the case, which may chime to work higher with the Discover My function.

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CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA – April 20, 2021: Apple’s Raja Bose introduces the brand new iPad Professional, as seen on this nonetheless picture from the keynote video of a particular event at Apple Park. Picture Credit score: Apple Inc.

In the meantime, iPads might seem, together with an M2 iPad Professional mannequin, however the consensus seems to be that the corporate will throw yet one more last event forward of the vacations, the place we’ll additionally get new Macs sporting the most recent chips, incluing the long-awaited — and far redesigned — return of the Mac Professional. I wouldn’t rule out both one completely for this event, however they’re much less sure than the above.

The AR/VR headset is the true wildcard in all of this. Rumors have persevered for a while, and have solely gotten hotter as the corporate has utilized for logos together with, “Actuality One,” “Actuality Professional” and “Actuality Processor.” It’s additionally already stated to have proven off a model of the headset to shareholders. At greatest, a preview might arrive, in an effort to entice builders to start out constructing for the product.

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A few odds and ends:

  • The return of the HomePod? We’re speaking one thing probably just like the unique, full-size mannequin and, maybe a product with a show, à la the Nest Hub or Echo Present. Apple actually wants a correct hub for HomeOS.
  • A brand new Apple TV.
  • Launch dates for iOS 16 and watchOS 9 appear probably. We all know we’ll have to attend a bit longer for the new iPadOS. And macOS Ventura might seemingly arrive throughout this event, however a safer wager is the aforementioned unannounced October event.

As ever, we’ll be there, bringing you the information because it breaks.

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