Apple made its September event official last week after months of speculation, sharing media invites, and a teaser for “California Streaming” on social media. The company is expected to launch a new line of iPhones and accessories at the event on Tuesday, September 14 at 10 a.m. PT. live streamed From Apple Park. As a result of the pandemic, most tech press events have temporarily taken on this format, and Apple is no exception.
It’s Apple’s marquee event for fall, and the new iPhone 13 series will be the highlight. We expect an update to the entire lineup, which has phones with similar models as the iPhone 12 series – meaning the iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini are in the cards. There’s also reason to believe that a new version of the AirPods Pro, the Apple Watch Series 7, and potentially one or two new iPad models could also be announced during the California streaming event.
We’ve covered the iPhone 13 in more detail, but what we expect is a visual evolution of the older iPhone 12 – nothing revolutionary. According to bloomberg And other credible sources, Apple is said to lower the notch that houses the Face ID module while tweaking Face ID to work better with the mask. The cameras are also more or less the same, the ultrawide lens is getting an autofocus update and the iPhone’s videography is on par with portrait mode with something called cinematic video.
The display is probably going to match some of the best Android phones with support for 120Hz. Apple has supported smoother refresh rates on the iPad for years, but Android is stuck at 60Hz on the iPhones, despite rivals moving to 144Hz. Along with the iPhone 13, there are reports that the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max will support 120Hz, which is quite a boost. It also wouldn’t be an iPhone launch without new colors, and many speculated, including Sunset Gold, Rose Pink, and Matte Black. Lastly, a new A15 processor is predicted to be part of the package, keeping the performance gap between the iPhones and Android flagships intact.
Aside from iPhones, there’s potential for a better pair of AirPods with a design that’s more similar to the AirPods Pro than traditional AirPods, plus a smaller, more compact case. Finally, two new iPads may be making their debut, a redesigned iPad Mini 6, and a thinner and lighter traditional iPad. Of course, with Apple also predicted to launch a new MacBook Pro later this fall, the company may wait and launch all three big-screen devices at once, making the iPhone event stand on its own.