An invitation to the media was sent out today, confirming that Apple’s next product launch event would take place on September 7th. Apple is likely to announce new iPhones and Apple Watches at the event.
The invite, with the slogan “Far out,” is for a live event at Apple’s Cupertino campus’s Steve Jobs Theater, which would be the venue’s first major product launch event since the flu pandemic began. (Apple hosted an in-person event for this year’s WWDC keynote, but it took place outdoors.) Furthermore, the event on September 7 will be broadcast online via live streaming by the company.
The iPhone 14 lineup will likely be the main attraction. Apple is rumoured to introduce four models: a 6.1-inch iPhone 14; a new 6.7-inch iPhone 14 (possibly with the “Plus” or “Max” tag); a 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro; and a 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max. Many of us in the iPhone Mini fan club are disappointed to learn that Apple is unlikely to release a new Mini phone.
The Pro series may receive the most significant revisions. The rumoured removal of the infamous notch in favour of a hole-punch selfie camera and a pill-shaped cutout for Face ID is perhaps the most significant alteration. The Pro phones are also rumoured to be getting an always-on display mode, possibly allowing users to view the new lock screen widgets introduced in iOS 16. It’s also possible that Apple will limit the availability of its next A-series chip to its Pro lineup. With regards to photography, the primary camera on the Pros is speculated to receive a significant upgrade to a 48-megapixel sensor, and the front-facing camera on all four iPhone 14 models iPhone 14 models is said to be capable of autofocus.
Perhaps some extra enhancements are hinted at by the intriguing “Far out” slogan. Maybe updates to the telephoto camera on its iPhones? Maybe the long-awaited satellite connection? Apple’s vice president of marketing, tweeted a short video that heavily emphasises the star theme, which may indicate the inclusion of an astrophotography function.
This event could also see the introduction of three brand new Apple Watch models. It is speculated that the Series 8 Apple Watch will look similar to the Series 7 model but will feature a built-in body temperature monitor. Reportedly, Apple is working on a new version of the Apple Watch SE with a more powerful processor but otherwise identical design. And the new high-end watch may be one with a larger screen and longer battery life, aimed at athletes in extreme sports.
Apple has already confirmed that a new Mac Pro is in the works, and the company has been linked to developing new AirPods Pro and iPads, so it’s possible that we’ll see all three of these products unveiled at the upcoming event.