Apple’s iPhone 14 launch event is just a few weeks away, and it’s expected to show off a range of new devices, not just a new iPhone. We’re also on the prowl for three (yes, we said Three) new Apple Watch models and even a refreshed 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, similar to what it did with WWDC in June. This is what we could see at Apple’s heavy hardware event, which is expected to happen on September 7, 2022.
The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max get some big updates
Apple will, of course, reveal the new iPhone 14 in September, but the standard model likely won’t be the star of the show. The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max are expected to bring the most exciting new features.
Three big features are expected on the 14 Pro and Pro Max: an always-on display (a feature Android phones have had for years); a 48-megapixel rear camera with a larger sensor; and a screen that ditches the notch in favor of smaller camera cutouts. The phone should also get an upgraded A16 processing chip. It’s an impressive list of features that Apple can use to justify a rumored price increase.
However, it doesn’t look like the standard version of the iPhone 14 comes with many big 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 the Pro and Pro Max) may also have a better selfie camera that uses autofocus. Performance-wise, the base iPhone 14 is likely to use the same A15 processor used in the iPhone 13 series.
And if you’re a lover of small phones, I’m sorry to say that a new Mini probably won’t appear this year.
Only two Pro models would be upgraded to the A16 processor, while the 14 and 14 Max will remain the A15. All four new models are likely to come with 6GB of RAM, with the difference being LPDDR 5 (14 Pro and 14 Pro Max) versus LPDDR 4X (14 and 14 Max). https://t.co/tHcszIz6gX
— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) March 13, 2022
New Apple Watch models: Series 8, SE and “Pro”
Apple is preparing to launch three new Apple Watch models: Watch Series 8; a facelifted SE; and a new robust “Pro” model designed for athletes who practice extreme sports.
Let’s start with the Series 8. According to Bloomberg Reporter Mark Gurman, the next-gen watch will come equipped with a new S8 chip, but it won’t offer a noticeable performance improvement compared to the S7 and S6 chips. While Apple isn’t expected to include a way to monitor your blood pressure just yet, it may come with a temperature sensor that will detect if you have a fever.
Meanwhile, the new Apple Watch SE is expected to replace the 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, there don’t seem to be any other big changes in store – it’s expected to retain the same screen size as the current SE.
As for the rumored Apple Watch “Pro,” Gurman thinks it could come with a larger “nearly 2-inch screen” that’s “more shock resistant.” It may also sport a “strong metal” case instead of a previously hinted at rubber exterior. But don’t expect this watch to be cheap: Gurman expects it to cost between $900 and $999.
The next generation of AirPods Pro
The AirPods Pro haven’t received an update since their initial release in 2019. Now, almost three years later, we can finally see the AirPods Pro 2 launch.
First of all, expect them to look different. The new AirPods Pro may resemble the Beats Fit Pro, possibly 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 hinted at the possibility of AirPods Pro supporting lossless audio, allowing for higher quality sound. This would also make the AirPods Pro 2 the first model to use Apple’s lossless audio codec (ALAC), even the higher-end AirPods Max don’t support it. If the AirPods Pro 2 end up supporting Apple’s lossless audio codec, it will be interesting to see how Apple manages to get around the limitations of Bluetooth, which typically requires compressing audio quality.
The AirPods Pro 2 charging case may also get an upgrade. It may come with a small speaker that makes a sound when you try to locate it through the Find My app. Only AirPods make a sound right now, and adding the capability to the case could come in handy if you ever get separated from your AirPods.
We may get iOS 16 and watchOS 9 release dates
We first heard about iOS 16 when Apple announced it in June, and we have a pretty good idea of what to expect based on what we’ve seen from the public beta. Gurman says that Apple wrapped up development last week and the company is likely to release a final version of iOS 16 within about a week of its iPhone 14 event.
iOS 16 brings a number of new features, including the ability to edit and unsend messages, as well as a customizable lock screen. It also features relocated notifications that appear at the bottom of the lock screen and a live activities lock screen widget that provides updates on real-time events, such as sports scores or food delivery progress. Oh yeah, and battery percentage is back… but not in the way you’d expect (or like).
In addition to iOS 16, Apple could also release watchOS 9 alongside its three new smartwatches. The beta version of watchOS 9 has been out for a couple of months now and is set to bring quite a few improvements to the Apple Watch. This includes new running metrics, medication reminders, sleep stage tracking, passive AFib monitoring, and improved watch face customization.
That is all?
Looks like this is for East Apple’s particular event, but thankfully, 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 holding an iPhone event in September and then a separate event in October to show off its new iPads and Macs.
That’s when we can expect a new M2-equipped iPad Pro, as well as an entry-level iPad with the A14 chip. Apple is also rumored to launch three new Macs, including a Mac Mini, Mac Pro, and MacBook Pro, all with Apple’s M2 chip. iPadOS and macOS Ventura are also likely to arrive around this time.
We’re still waiting for Apple’s long-rumored Mixed Reality headset, and it would be a long shot to expect the company to show it off this year. However, it seems that Apple is making some progress. Its board of directors was reportedly able to test the device earlier this year, but Kuo predicts the device won’t launch until January 2023.