Get ready for some big upgrades to the iPhone and Apple Watch lineup at Apple’s “Far Out” event next week. While last year’s iPhone 13 was mostly a marginal update (except for the faster ProMotion screen and Cinema Mode on the Pro models), the latest rumors suggest that the iPhone 14 will be a major improvement. The iPhone 14 Pro may finally lose its value! We can actually get higher resolution cameras! We are also eager to see what, exactly, Apple means with the secret invitations and pictures containing the stars. Even if you’re not looking for an upgrade, half the fun of these launches is guessing what Apple has up its sleeves. So let’s speculate!
iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro
Still, we expect to see four iPhone models, but it looks like the lineup will be similar to the last few years. Soon after the iPhone 13 hit the stores, By Bloomberg Mark Gurman reported that the iPhone 14 will be a “complete redesign,” which will mark the first major revision since the iPhone X landed in 2017. Additionally, Apple may abandon the iPhone Mini, the phone we love always. love, but the short battery life was a fair point. Instead, it is reported that Apple will introduce a 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max or Plus, which may have the same hardware as the standard iPhone 14.
While this is bad news for fans of small devices, the trend among most users is to go to big screens. Apple can’t let Samsung have all the fun, after all. Also, Apple can take a shot from the Galaxy phone maker (and almost every other Android phone company) by introducing pin front cameras on the iPhone 14 Pro models. While the first leak showed two different designs – a circular one for the camera with a pill-shaped hole for the FaceID sensor – MacRumors claim (with support from Gurman) will appear as a single kernel-shaped area connected by software. (See the image above.) Additionally, 9to5Mac reports that Apple uses the space in the middle of the cutout for its privacy notification dots, which appear when an app is using your camera or microphone. On existing iPhones, these dots are rotated above the cellular reception bars.
Apple appears to be saving most of the major updates for the Pro iPhones. For one, they can get all-on-screen, according to 9 to 5 Mac. This could work well with the lock screen redesign we saw in iOS 16, which now has more room for widgets and customization than before.
What is more controversial, however, is the report that claims it only Pro models will receive Apple’s new A16 Bionic chip. For example, the iPhone 14 can stand up to last year’s A15 (which is still very powerful). As a cost-saving measure, this makes sense, especially for chips and other components that are still in short supply. But this is the first time that Apple introduced a big discount between its iPhone models. (It’s especially surprising since Apple also managed to squeeze an A15 chip into the smaller iPhone 13 Mini.) Most buyers won’t know the difference, but having a more powerful chip will be a big draw for the Pro models.
Typically, Apple has used its camera technology as the main difference between the standard and Pro iPhones. That doesn’t seem to be changing. According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple plans to bump the Pro’s main camera to 48-megapixels, a big jump from the 12MP cameras the company has relied on for years. Recently, Kuo also claimed that the sensors of the iPhone 14 Pro will contain larger pixels with the lowest brightness. Based on the iPhone 14, the iPhone 13 Pro is expected to have six cameras.
And what do we make of the text “Far Out” on the Apple event invitation? The A very active Kuo has recently been noticed that Apple has completed satellite connectivity testing for the iPhone 14, something that has been rumored to come before the launch of the iPhone 13. Although the device may still be there, Apple reports that it is still work on a partner agreement to open this connection. And while the idea of satellite support seemed wild last year, it makes a lot of sense now that we’ve seen T-Mobile and SpaceX team up to provide emergency satellite support through StarLink. (Good news for iPhone 13 owners: Kuo claims those phones also have satellite hardware built in.) Don’t expect FaceTiming to be via satellite, though, as only limited bandwidth will leave room for short text messages and voice calls.
Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch Pro
Like the iPhone, it looks like all eyes will be on the “Pro” Apple Watch next week. Bloomberg’s Gurman reported in July that the new model could sport a larger 2-inch screen, a more durable titanium case and a battery life of up to two days, thanks to a new “low power” mode. If all that ends up being true, the Apple Watch Pro will also be larger than the current 7 model. Given all of its new features, Gurman claims that it will be the biggest redesign of the Apple Watch since the Series 4 landed in 2017. Don’t get your hopes up for a round design, though, it looks like Apple is just upgrading it. current rectangular style.
Apple Watch Pro is also rumored to include the new temperature sensor rumored for the Watch Series 8. It can potentially alert you if you have a fever, and recommend you see a doctor or use the scale temperature for more consistency. apprenticeship. It can also be a useful method for period tracking and fertility applications. Design-wise, the Series 8 is not expected to change much from last year’s models. It may end up running the same dual-core S7 chip as the Series 7, although some higher-end models may have better displays.
AirPods Pro 2
Considering that we are almost three years since the launch of AirPods Pro, it is time for Apple to follow suit. Gurman last year initially claimed that the AirPods Pro 2 could have a wireless design, like Google’s Pixel Buds, but a more recent report from MacRumors. it shows that the AirPods Pro 2 will not look like much. Instead, the leakers point to a new case with speaker holes (which will help with alerts for the “Find My” app) and a strap hole. The latter would be anathema to Apple, but it might be useful to include AirTag. (Better yet, just build this into an Apple case!)
In terms of sound quality, Kuo claimed earlier this year that the AirPods Pro 2 could include support for Apple’s Lossless Audio (ALAC), which could be a draw for listeners. (Let’s not get into the possibility of actually hearing any differences on the smaller headphones, though.) Additionally, the new headphones may include an updated H1 chip, as well as an improved driver similar to the AirPods 3. But don’t hold your breath for that. any health tracking features, as Gurman noted recently that they won’t include heart rate or temperature sensors as previously rumored.
Apple usually saves its big iPad news for its second fall release, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see some news about its entry-level model next week. The 10th generation iPad is expected to include a USB-C port, bringing it in line with the rest of the family, and may get faster with the A14 Bionic chip. Don’t expect any major design changes, though, as the iPad-level isn’t getting much love from Apple these days. So get ready to see thick bezels and a home button, again. But on the positive side, it may finally have 5G support and a redesigned front camera, according to him 9 to 5 Mac.
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