At a Sept. 14 digital launch occasion, Apple is prone to unveil the iPhone 13, Apple Watch Collection 7, new AirPods and probably one or two surprises.
Apple will maintain a product launch occasion on Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m. PDT, in response to an invitation despatched to the media, the Apple occasions web site and a tweet posted by Apple marketing honcho Greg Joswiak. Following earlier occasion codecs because of the coronavirus pandemic, this occasion might be held just about and sure embrace pre-recorded segments from Apple executives unveiling new merchandise.
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Listed here are some new merchandise we would see introduced this time.
New iPhones are prone to be on the menu, as the corporate is predicted to launch the iPhone 13. With final yr’s iPhone 12 lineup introducing 5G and different improvements, this yr’s fashions will seemingly be extra evolutionary than revolutionary. Anticipate minor tweaks and upgrades, similar to a extra highly effective processor and beefier cameras. The notorious notch may even see a discount in measurement, giving customers a tad extra display screen area.
If this yr’s iPhone follows within the footsteps of the earlier lineup, it is anticipated we’ll see an iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Professional and iPhone 13 Professional Max. Just one downside: the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 mini proved to be a bust, with weak demand and lackluster gross sales, so that may imply Apple would nix the concept of an iPhone 13 mini.
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However manufacturing on such a mini mannequin could have already began earlier than the corporate had an opportunity to totally overview the gross sales information for final yr’s model. Nonetheless, if an iPhone 13 mini is launched and will get the identical thumbs down as its predecessor, this is able to seemingly imply the top of the iPhone mini.
Apple Watch Collection 7
Subsequent on the agenda would be the Apple Watch Collection 7, the successor to final yr’s Apple Watch Collection 6. Although the brand new watch has reportedly been stricken by manufacturing hiccups, Apple will nonetheless seemingly introduce it however probably delay or stagger the precise rollout. The Apple Watch Collection 7 is predicted to supply design adjustments, maybe some main ones.
One rumor says the brand new watch will get greater screens, particularly 41mm and 45mm, up from the present 40mm and 44mm sizes. One other rumor suggests the watch might be outfitted with flat edges versus the rounded corners on prior fashions. Additionally within the combine might be thinner bezels to offer extra viewable display screen area. A draw back: New 41mm and 45mm sizes will pressure present Apple Watch homeowners who improve to buy new bands.
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One merchandise on everybody’s Apple Watch want checklist is best battery life. The previous couple of fashions have provided an 18-hour cost, so now can be an opportune time for Apple to beef up the battery life. Provided that the watch itself might be greater, maybe the corporate will squeeze in a bigger battery.
Apple normally has some health-related app or service so as to add to the watch annually. Previous rumors have pointed to a glucose monitoring app and a blood strain monitor, although such improvements will not be prepared for 2021.
Together with the Watch Collection 7 will most likely be a brand new model of the Apple Watch SE, a lower-cost mannequin that also borrowed a wholesome array of options from its dearer cousin.
The third model of Apple’s well-liked AirPods are additionally anticipated to be unveiled at this month’s occasion. Reviews say the AirPods 3 will undertake the identical type issue because the AirPods Professional with three changeable ear suggestions to provide you a safer and customizable match. Spatial audio could make its approach from the AirPods Professional to the AirPods 3. However different audio enhancements, similar to noise cancellation, would possibly stay the area of the AirPods Professional. In spite of everything, Apple nonetheless needs to provide individuals a motive to purchase the dearer mannequin.
Already unveiled and demoed at Apple’s WWDC this previous June, iOS/iPadOS 15 will seemingly get a launch date on the occasion. Although final yr’s iPhone occasion was delayed till October because of the results of the pandemic, Apple sometimes rolls out every new model of iOS not too lengthy after the iPhone product occasion. In 2019, iOS 13 was launched on Sept. 19 following the iPhone occasion on Sept. 10. This month’s occasion also needs to present launch dates for watchOS 8 and tvOS 15, although we could have to attend for the debut of macOS Monterey till later within the yr.
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Apple naturally has different merchandise up its company sleeves. New iPads and new Macs are seemingly ready to debut. However reviews say the corporate will maintain a separate launch occasion for these gadgets. Final yr, Apple held three separate occasions, one in September for the brand new Apple Watch and iPads, one in October for the iPhone 12, and a 3rd in November for brand new MacBooks powered by the M1 chip.
The late Steve Jobs was identified for his “yet another factor” bulletins during which he would prime off an occasion with one thing stunning or sudden. Although present CEO Tim Cook dinner does not shut an occasion with the identical sort of pizzazz, there’s nonetheless an opportunity Apple will unveil one thing we aren’t essentially anticipating. A minimum of, we will hope for some shock.
Methods to watch Apple’s Sept. 14 streaming occasion
As standard, Apple will stream the ten a.m. PDT presentation on its occasion web page the place you possibly can watch it in any supported browser. Apple’s occasion web page additionally features a obtain hyperlink so as to add the occasion to your calendar as a reminder to observe it. Apple’s YouTube web page is one other place to catch this month’s occasion. And at last, these of you with an Apple TV can watch the festivities on the large display screen.