What we expect from Apple’s iPhone 14 event – TechCrunch

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 sort of definitely going to be the massive headline announcement at Apple’s September occasion. Just a few different issues appear near sure, as properly, together with the Apple Watch Collection 8.

As ever, there could also be one or two wildcards on the occasion. 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 all of a sudden went on-line. The easy fact is it’s so much simpler to ask folks to drop all the things to cowl your occasion when it entails sitting in entrance of a pc as a substitute of flying throughout the U.S. This one, alternatively, is most certainly going to be well 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 brand and the phrases “Far Out.” A subsequent animation exhibits the constellation spinning round to disclose a coronary heart. There’s typically 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 prompt that this may need one thing to do with the long-rumored satcom know-how for Apple gadgets, which didn’t make it in time for final yr’s occasion. Others nonetheless consider it may be a reference to the improved imaging on the brand new iPhones.

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So, let’s begin with the iPhone 14. Exhausting to consider, however the system 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 outing (anticipate a few of these upgrades to trickle all the way down to the decrease price fashions within the coming yr or two).

Probably the most stunning bit of stories this time round would be 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 plenty of Android handsets over time) is more likely to arrive as a substitute, 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 characteristic — the always-on show — is rumored for the extra premium fashions. The primary digital camera is alleged to be getting a significant 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 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 may require system makers to embrace that common customary. Although even supposing related legal guidelines have been floated for plenty of locales — together with the U.S. and India — the iPhone 14 is anticipated 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 — plenty of whom are presently employed by TechCrunch. So anticipate a…spirited submit or two on these pages, ought to that come to go. The brand new line is anticipated to come back in two 6.1-inch and two 6.7-inch fashions, with an ordinary and Professional model of every.

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

Together with upping the display screen dimension, all three gadgets might 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 one largest downside with the Apple Watch, in comparison with the remainder of the sphere.

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

Lossless audio is rumored. There could also be a redesign, as properly, that might take away the long-lasting clicking stem. That might current a reasonably dramatic change to the system’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 characteristic.

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 occasion at Apple Park. Photograph 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 another last occasion forward of the vacations, the place we’ll additionally get new Macs sporting the newest chips, incluing the long-awaited — and far redesigned — return of the Mac Professional. I wouldn’t rule out both one solely for this occasion, 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 emblems together with, “Actuality One,” “Actuality Professional” and “Actuality Processor.” It’s additionally already mentioned to have proven off a model of the headset to shareholders. At finest, a preview might arrive, in an effort to entice builders to begin constructing for the product.

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A few odds and ends:

  • The return of the HomePod? We’re speaking one thing probably much 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 possible. We all know we’ll have to attend a bit longer for the new iPadOS. And macOS Ventura might seemingly arrive throughout this occasion, however a safer guess is the aforementioned unannounced October occasion.

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

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