With very few exceptions, Apple’s big annual iPhone launch events come with such regularity that you can almost set your calendar for them, and this year is no exception. The season is upon us as Apple is once again set to unveil its next-generation iPhone lineup, along with new Apple Watch models and possibly even a long-awaited sequel to its 2019 AirPods Pro.
While there was some speculation that Apple might have chosen to be a bit capricious and pick September 14 to announce the iPhone 14 launch, this earlier date is more in line with Apple’s typical fall event schedule. In fact, last year’s iPhone 13 launch, which came on the 14th, was the last date Apple picked for an iPhone event in September.
On the other hand, the date of September 7 this year is also the earliest that Apple has held an iPhone event in the fall, coinciding with the announcement of the iPhone 7 in 2016. Except in 2020, where the problems related to the pandemic forced Apple to boost the launch of its iPhone. Through October, all iPhone events for the past decade have been held between September 7 and 14, usually on a Tuesday, except when it follows Labor Day weekend or falls on September 11.
How to watch Apple’s Far Out event
This year’s Apple event, which has the theme “Far Out”, will take place on September 7, 2022 at 10 am PT / 1 pm ET.
As with almost all Apple media events, a video version of the event will be shared live on Apple’s website. However, this upcoming event marks the first time that Apple has also held an in-person component where members of the press/media will be able to see the new devices in a physical meeting.
If you’re going to watch from home, tuning in via Apple’s website is one of the best places to watch. But it’s not the only place you can tune in, either.
The easiest approach is Apple’s YouTube channel, where the live event has already been scheduled so you can bookmark it now for easy access on Wednesday.
Since it’s YouTube, it will work on any device with a modern web browser or the YouTube app. However, if you want to watch it on your Apple TV, iPhone, or iPad, Apple will stream the event on its own TV app as well. It hasn’t appeared there yet, but if past events are any indicator, expect to see it featured alongside your favorite Apple TV+ shows on Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday morning.
After the event, you’ll be able to access a replay on Apple’s YouTube channel, the Apple Events page, or by searching for the event in the Apple TV app or the Apple Events Podcast.
What to expect at Apple’s September event
While nothing is certain until Apple execs take the stage to show it off, enough rumors and leaks have been circulating to give us a general idea of what’s to come next week.
Expect Apple to release four new iPhone 14 models. Three of these will be direct successors to the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max, and will likely adopt the same naming standards: a 6.1-inch iPhone 14, an iPhone 14 Pro 6.1-inch and a 6.7-inch iPhone. 14 Pro Max
This year, though, we expect Apple to shake things up a bit, ditching the 5.4-inch iPhone 13 mini, a size that sadly turned out to be less popular than many expected, in favor of a 6.7-inch base model. to match the iPhone 14 Pro Max. Most people have been speculatively calling this the “iPhone 14 Max”, but recent reports suggest that Apple could go for the “iPhone 14 Plus”, as a nod to the iPhone 6 to iPhone 8 era.
Of course, this also brings up the point that no one can be sure yet what Apple will call these next-generation iPhone models. While the sure money is in the “iPhone 14,” that’s not guaranteed until Apple takes the stage and officially announces it. Apple has surprised us in the past, like when the much-rumored “iPhone 8” turned out to be the iPhone X. That’s unlikely to happen this year, but we can’t rule it out entirely.
As for the new iPhone lineup, expect the iPhone 14 Pro to be the star of the show, with reports pointing to an always-on display, 48-megapixel (MP) camera, and a new design that ditches the notch in favor of a punch-hole front camera design.
The standard iPhone 14 models are likely to be considerably less exciting. The notch is expected to remain, though there’s a chance they’ll get the 120Hz ProMotion display from last year’s iPhone 13 Pro. It’s also rumored that they’ll sport what will be basically the same A15 chip as that model, though Apple will likely give it a new name, just like it does with the Apple Watch every year.
One possibility is that we’ll see an “A16” chip in the iPhone 14 and an “A16 Pro” in the iPhone 14 Pro, with the so-called “A16” chip being a repackaged version of the slightly more powerful five-core chip. A15 GPU used in the iPhone 13 Pro, instead of the quad-core version of the iPhone 13.
Despite rumors last year that some significant design changes were on the way, the iPhone 14 is unlikely to look much different from its predecessor. Leaked CAD drawings and renderings have shown a nearly identical design to the iPhone 13, though Apple will likely offer it in a few new colors, as it does with every new iPhone release.
We’ll also look at the other usual improvements, likely including some general camera upgrades across the lineup, probably with at least one or two new computational photography features, and of course at least a slight increase in battery life and performance across the board. .
While Apple’s September events are mostly about the iPhone, there’s a good chance we’ll also see the debut of the Apple Watch Series 8. This year, Apple’s annual wearable update should also be accompanied by a new “Series 8 Pro” version. designed for more rugged devices. outdoor use A second-generation version of the Apple Watch SE that first debuted in 2020 is also expected to appear.
Beyond that, Apple may have a few other surprises up its sleeve. These September events revolve around the iPhone and Apple Watch, but Apple often takes the opportunity to announce a potpourri of other products. Some more solid possibilities include second-gen AirPods Pro and a basic 10th-gen iPad.
Apple could also have a couple of wild cards up its sleeve, like a new HomePod or HomePod mini; With Matter support in iOS 16, Apple will almost certainly have something to say about HomeKit and its living room ambitions, but whether that will include new hardware products is an open question. Maybe we’ll get some new HomePod mini colors like last year
While there’s a good chance we’ll also see a new M2-powered iPad Pro and possibly even some new Macs this fall, don’t expect them to hit the stage next week. Apple typically unveils them at completely separate events held in October or November, and it’s even less likely that Apple will want to show off its flagship iPads now that iPadOS 16 has been officially delayed.