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Tech giant Apple is set to unveil its latest iPhone, holding its first in-person iPhone launch event in California since the pandemic where it will showcase its new products.
Rumors are swirling around what the new device will look like and what features it will include. Notoriously secretive Apple hasn’t confirmed anything about its new devices.
At Apple’s “Far Out” event this week, we expect to see four new iPhones and upgrades to the Apple Watch, potentially including a “Pro” version of the smartwatch.
Here’s everything we know so far about Apple’s latest products:
When will the new iPhone be released?
Apple is due to hold its annual iPhone launch event on Wednesday at 6 p.m. You can find out more about how to watch it here.
The iPhone is usually available for pre-order on Fridays and then goes on sale the following week. This means the new iPhone should hit shelves on Friday, September 16.
What will the new iPhone be called?
So far, all bets are on the iPhone 14, following on from the iPhone 13 released last year. Apple is planning four new devices, although there is a slight change in the list of handsets on sale.
Apple is rumored to be releasing an iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro, along with the iPhone 14 Max and iPhone 14 Pro Max. There will be no “mini” iPhone launched at this year’s event.
The tech giant is also expected to launch a series of upgrades to its Apple Watch category. This should include a sturdier and more durable Apple Watch Pro, which will be aimed at active smartwatch users.
What features and specs will the iPhone 14 have?
The iPhone 14 is expected to bring a series of design changes, partially removing the “notch” that has divided iPhone models since 2017. Here are the features and specs we’re expecting:
- iPhone 14 design: On the iPhone 14 Pro models at least, Apple is expected to drop its “notch” look in favor of what’s called a “punch-hole” front camera, giving the phone more screen real estate.
- iPhone 14 size: The iPhone 14 and 14 Pro will have a 6.1-inch screen, while the “Max” or “Plus” models will have a 6.7-inch design. There will be no 5.4-inch “mini” design with this version.
- Camera specifications: The Pro models are expected to get a substantial camera update. They will come with three 48-megapixel cameras and offer the ability to record 8K video.
- Improved processors: Apple will rework its internal chipset as usual, introducing an improved A16 chip to its phones. It will also upgrade its modem, which controls the phone’s connectivity, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon X65 chip.
- Memory and storage: The new iPhones are expected to come with up to 6GB of RAM, according to analysts at TF Securities, and up to 1TB of storage.
iPhone 14 Satellite Connectivity Rumors
A lingering rumor is that Apple will launch a service for its iPhone line that aims to eliminate global “non-spots” by allowing its smartphones to connect to mobile data via satellite. This would allow them to send messages even when they are not within range of terrestrial cell towers.
It is believed that such a service would initially be limited to sending an SOS SMS. Satellite signals would be very weak for an iPhone and so it could only send a small packet of data. Another possibility is that the Apple Watch adds a similar emergency call feature. Such features are already present on competing smartwatches, such as those from Garmin.
According to Tim Farrar of TMF Associates, Apple may launch satellite connectivity for the iPhone with satellite company GlobalStar providing the network.
Apple Watch Pro Rumors
The California tech giant is expected to unveil a series of updates to its Apple Watch at its launch event on Wednesday. The Apple Watch Series 8 is expected to have a slightly tweaked design with a flatter and larger screen than before.
Perhaps the biggest change will be a more powerful “Pro” version of the watch, targeting athletes and fans of watches built by companies such as Garmin. The new version will be more durable than previous watches, aimed at “extreme sports” fans.
The watch will have a bigger screen and a sturdier case. It could also include satellite connectivity for emergency messaging.
Airpods Pro 2
Apple is also expected to replace its aging AirPods Pro with an updated version. There aren’t many details on what these new AirPods will look like, but we can expect them to have better battery life, better audio quality, and better fitness tracking.
iPhone 14 price in the UK
Some claim that the new iPhone will be slightly cheaper than the iPhone 13. Trendforce analysts expect it to cost about $50 less than last year, which means the iPhone 14 will start to sell. $749 and the iPhone 14 Max at $849.
If the UK price follows past models, we might expect the device to be £749 or slightly below.