Apple has set September 7 as the date for the release of its alleged iPhone 14. There are no details beyond the time and location: the “Far Out” event will take place at 1pm PST at the Steve Jobs Theater on its Apple Park Campus and will be streamed online in Apple Events (opens in new tab).
The announcement at least ends some of Apple’s worldwide speculation, but leaves the door open for what we should expect to see and hear on September 7th. on the September release date. Apple typically launches products on Tuesday, and with the iPhone, it’s usually the second week of the month. But September starts at the end of the week and then there’s Labor Day weekend in the US, which basically cuts Monday off as a travel day for the many analysts and press (like us!) that will be in attendance.
When Apple CEO Tim Cook takes the stage that Wednesday, he’ll be carrying – well – nothing. Cook will first talk about the state of the company and how Apple overcame the challenges of the pandemic and the resulting supply constraints. He’ll praise the opening of new stores around the world and, we’re betting, cheer on Apple’s “amazing team” in an effort to take everyone aboard (opens in new tab) returning to Apple Park and other Apple offices at least three days a week.
Cook may also tease new Apple TV shows as a way to showcase the strength of its services – and remind investors that Apple’s fortunes aren’t just tied to its still highly profitable line of iPhones.
At some point, Cook will start introducing the iPhone 14, which will actually have up to four iPhone 14 models:
Most rumors point to the iPhone 13 mini being the latest in a short-lived lineup of tiny iPhones.
Meanwhile, the new phone on the block, the iPhone 14 Max, will offer the size of the Pro Max but the features and affordability of the iPhone 14. There will also be a fork of the Max and Pro lines where the former will retain the look and feel of the screen of the iPhone 14. Previous-gen iPhone 13, while the Pro line should see the full-scale notch end.
While there’s a lot that probably won’t change between the iPhone 13 and early iPhone 14 models (think basic design, screen tech), the cameras could get a major upgrade. Most rumors point to the Pro lineup getting 48MP cameras. That’s a big leap from the 12MP cameras in the 13 lineup, and again, it will help differentiate between the iPhone 14 and 14 Max and the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max. It’s worth noting that most people will likely end up shooing into some sort of “pixel binning” mode, which will combine four pixels at a time into an even better 12MP image.
We’re still expecting something close to 5X optical zoom (or higher) on at least one of the iPhone 14 models.
Yes, a new A16 Bionic silicon chip from Apple should be in all iPhone 14 models, although aside from a potential battery-saving 3nm process, no one is expecting a major upgrade from the A15 Bionic. Apple may not feel it needs it, as in most tests, the A15 Bionic is still outperforming Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 mobile CPUs.
We’d be lying if we said we weren’t more than a little excited about the purported purple iPhone 14.
The expected release of the iPhone 14 would also start the countdown to the full release of iOS 16, which is currently in public beta. The updated mobile platform and its new lock screen, notifications, and third-party widgets won’t be released until the new iPhones are released, which should be before the end of September, though iPhone 14 pre-orders could take place on Friday. fair. after launch.
More than just iPhones
There’s a solid chance that Apple will use this September 7 event as a launch pad for not just a bunch of iPhone 14 devices, but a bunch of other home and wearable devices as well.
We can see the HomePod 2 rumor, which is closer to the original HomePod design. That means it might be bigger than the HomePod mini, but likely even smaller than the original design. More importantly, it could have some serious audio power.
Many expect the new Apple Watch 8 (or Series 8) to arrive alongside the iPhone 14. Few are expecting a full-scale redesign, although Apple may flatten the sides and face to give it a more iPhone-like appearance. The big news in Apple wearables will be, um, bigger. There should be an Apple Watch 8 Pro, a larger, beefier version of the Apple Watch designed for extreme sports and/or intense outdoor use.
We can also see the new AirPods 4 or AirPods Pro 2, as both are perfect companions for the supposed iPhone 14. There is a chance that only the next AirPods 4 will appear. What is not anticipated is that charging cases of any version will come with USB-C charging ports. We may have to wait until next year for this update.
With each Apple launch event comes hope (call it a desperate wish) that there will be “one more thing”. It’s a tradition that Apple co-founder, the late Steve Jobs, started more than a decade ago, and one that current CEO Cook has only honored sporadically.
If it does, however, we might finally get our first glimpse of Apple’s AR glasses. It might be. Maybe not.
You can keep up to date with all the latest Apple iPhone 14 rumors here and don’t forget to keep up with . We’ll be ashore at Apple Park, offering a walkthrough of the event and first impressions of all the new gadgets.