There’s only about one week left until the September Apple event which is actually the most awaited apple event of the year and that’s because that’s when we have the new iPhone, the new apple watch and also a bunch of other products so in this article we will be covering big announcements to expect from the apple event.
Firs thing first – let’s hear about Homepod 2. Yes there’s a 2nd Gen Homepod coming. The original Homepod was discontinued back in 2021 due to a low number of sales now. Apple did launch the Homepod mini back in 2020, so right now if you want to buy a Homepod the only option that you have is the mini so it is quite weird how you do have the mini version but the standard version is nowhere to be found.
According to Michiko(Apple leakster) the Homepod will be coming back. He did say that the design is not really going to change that much so overall we should see something very similar to the original Homepod and Mark Irwin also reported a similar thing that apple is working on a new Homepod with a size in between the mini and the old regular model. Mark also states that the top display will be updated with multi-touch support and that the processor is going to be updated from the apple a8 to the apple s8 which will be the same chip that we would have in the new apple watch.
AirPods Pro 2
The next thing to expect from the event would be the Airpods pro 2. Yes there is a brand new model coming three years after the original Airpods pro 1 were introduced. So yeah quite a long time without any updates. Now so there have been some rumours regarding a full redesign – A design that would drop the stem for a more compact form factor.
However according to more recent reports this is not happening anymore with the design remaining mostly the same, in fact we will be getting some small changes to match the Airpods 3 design. A couple of sensors will be repositioning but for the most part the design will remain unchanged. It can be lossless audio support which is actually a pretty big change, so the audio quality should automatically be improved just by this new audio standard.
On top of that we’re also expecting to see some improvements to noise reduction and just the audio quality in general. The case is also getting some updates so it is finding my functionality with a built-in speaker and also hearing aid supports. Essentially the idea that you could simply place the case anywhere you want and then you would be able to hear real-time audio from wherever the case is positioned. Then another update is said to be USB type c. Apple is looking to transition all their products to USB type c by 2024 that’s when the iPhone 15 will be switching too.
Apple Watch Pro
Next we have the Apple watch pro. So this is an entirely new Apple watch product, something that Apple has never done before. It is said to have a new design which is said to be a major departure from the current apple watch series 7 design. Now you probably expect to see some flat edges here but apparently it’s not going to have any flat edges according to Mark German and it won’t have a circular design either so we’ll have to wait and see exactly what sort of major redesign this actually is. It is to be 46 or 47 millimetres in size.
The display is said to be bigger too. You can think this will be way too big for a lot of people like even the series 7 is just 45mm is just way too big for an individual. But at the same time it is all said to be getting more durable with a titanium case. Plus, a sapphire crystal display so basically the same durability if not even higher than the titanium version of the apple watch.
Series pro on top of that is also getting a body temperature sensor which is quite useful and you will apparently be getting notifications if it detects that you have a fever. There’s also a low power mode which could enable you to get multiple days of battery life which will be a first for any apple watch. We might also see some satellite connectivity on this essentially allowing you to make phone calls when you’re out in the woods and you have no cellular connection. Of course that would only apply in emergency situations. However this is said to be a very very expensive apple watch.
Apple Watch Series 8
Next up we have the apple watch series 8. This is expected to be a very small change from the apple watch series 7. In fact the design is remaining the same so that’s not changing. The chip is also remaining the same so the same s7 chip will be rebranded into the s8 but keep in mind that the s7 was also a rebranded s6 so essentially the s8 will be an s6 chip.
We are getting the same body temperature sensor as in the apple watch pro and maybe just maybe that low power mode too unless apple decides to keep that as an exclusive feature to the pro model which i do think is quite likely.
If you already have a series seven then the only reason to upgrade would be for that temperature sensor otherwise you shouldn’t upgrade. There are also a couple of software upgrades which might be coming such as sleep apnea detection, car crash detection and atrial fibrillation improvements but these are very likely coming to all the other models as well and not just the series 8.
Apple Watch SE 2
Next up we have the Apple watch SE2. So the biggest upgrade here is said to be the processor which is getting bumped to an s8 chip which seems like a huge upgrade from the s5 but once again the s8 is the same as the s7 and the s6, so in that case the only upgrade is from the s5 to the s6 chip. If we do see any other changes I would probably expect to see them always on display here but that’s pretty much it. All the other more advanced held sensors such as ecg, oxygen temperature would then remain exclusive to the higher end models.
iPhone Series 14 Non Pro Models
Then we have what you’re probably all here for which is the iPhone 14 line-up. I want to talk about the non-pro models first and the biggest change here is that the iPhone 13 mini is going to be replaced by the iPhone 14 max. So this is a brand new iPhone model. You can think of the 14 max as a 13 pro max just without a telephoto module or promotion. That’s the easiest way to see this phone and the price is expected to be in between 900$ to 1000$. The second big change is when it comes to the cameras. The cameras are going to be updated to the same modules as in the iPhone 13 pro models.
As per the dummy units they both match. It also makes sense as this is what Apple did in the past, they used the same sensors in the 13s as they had in the 12 pro max. This also means that the ultrawide is getting updated and we will also be seeing macro mode for the first time on a non-pro model.
The fourth upgrade is the front-facing camera which is getting updated with a larger aperture f 1.9 instead of f 2.2 and autofocus. So that’s a pretty big change in terms of the overall quality of the camera and then the last change is a new purple colour but that’s basically it, there’s no new processor so it’s still going to be the same a15, no new storage options and no new anything aside from what i already mentioned.
iPhone Series 14 Pro Models
Then we have the iPhone 14 pros. Now these are getting some massive changes. This is one of the biggest changes that we’ve had on an iPhone in years and the biggest change is probably the notch which is going away and it is being replaced by that pill. This whole cut-out means that we might finally get that battery indicator back.
The promotion will now be able to drop to a minimum refresh rate of one single hertz instead of 10 hertz what this means is that we will now be seeing an always on display functionality for the first time ever on an iPhone finally and then the cameras are getting the biggest change since the iPhone 6 says. So yes the resolution is getting bumped to 48 megapixels and then we’re also getting 8k video support on top of that the pro models are said to be getting the true a16 chip alongside a brand new vapor cooling chamber for better performance.
On top of that we also have faster RAMs of LPDDR5 compared to LPDDR4x. Then we’re also said to be getting faster charging up to 30 watts from 20 which is a pretty big improvement. Now the batteries are also getting bigger since the phones are also getting thicker.
I do hope that we will also be seeing improved charging times from the 50 to 30 minutes and lastly we’re also expecting to see a new colour a purple to replace the sierra blue so as you can probably tell the iPhone 14 pros are getting some massive upgrades.
iOS 16 and Watch OS 9
Then lastly we have iOS 16 and watch OS 9 official releases which are said to happen right after the event is over. By the way iPad OS 16 has apparently been delayed until October but iOS 16 watch OS 9 are still on track and there are some big changes coming to both.