Not all who surprise are lust. A few of us shall be forming an orderly queue within the holding room at One Apple Park Manner on Tuesday morning. At 10 AM PT September 12, Tim Prepare dinner and co. shall be again at it, showcasing the newest gear forward of the massive vacation push.
There are two issues we will confidently inform you’ll be on show on the huge occasion: the iPhone 15 and Apple Watch Sequence 9. There are some issues on this world you may actually set your smartwatch to. There have been rumors galore, in fact. For one factor, a number of members of the AirPods household are beginning to get lengthy within the tooth.
Macs are a perpetual risk as properly. I believe I additionally converse for many of us once I say that it could be good to get a bit of extra face time with the Imaginative and prescient Professional headset that stole the present at WWDC, again in June.
What follows is a mixture of what we all know, what we predict we all know and what we’re straight up wildly speculating about.
The clear marquee announcement this day trip. What’s maybe most fascinating concerning the iPhone 15 is that Apple had its hand pressured right here. It’s not like anybody within the huge glass spaceship was champing on the bit to undertake USB-C (or Thunderbolt 3 or no matter you need to name it). You possibly can thank EU regulators for that one. Final yr, the European Parliament voted to standardize ports throughout units.
Now, technically, these regulators gave producers till the tip of 2024 to implement the tech throughout units, however all indicators level to Apple pulling off the Band-Help for the iPhone 15. Amongst different issues, extra regional governing our bodies are poised to comply with the EU’s lead right here for shopper advocacy and e-waste associated causes.
Final September marked the tenth anniversary of Apple forcing the Lightning connector to be a factor. The factor about Lightning, nonetheless, is that it’s dangerous and I hate it. My colleagues hate it. Family and friends hate it. My rabbit likes it, however she’ll fortunately chew by way of any cable, no matter what’s on both finish. Level is, it’s dangerous and has all the time been dangerous.
An fascinating caveat right here is the report that the upper USB 3.2 knowledge velocity shall be reserved for the professional fashions, with the usual iPhone 15 caught at USB 2.0 (nonetheless a typical spec in Android land).
Wi-fi charging, in the meantime, is claimed to be bumped as much as 35W throughout the board. It appears the iPhone shall be one of many first telephones to undertake the Qi2 normal, which mixes wi-fi charging with magnets — one thing Apple has been doing for a minute. Provided that Apple is among the 344 corporations within the Wi-fi Energy Consortium (and all the Qi2 iPhone equipment introduced at IFA), this seems like a secure guess.
In the meantime, the Dynamic Island — launched on the iPhone 14 Professional and Professional Max — ought to be trickling all the way down to the cheaper fashions as properly.
One other fascinating addition is the rumored iPhone 15 Extremely, which might change the Professional Max and undertake Apple’s current naming conference. That handset is claimed to sport a 6.7-inch show with a 120 Hz refresh fee, slimmed down bezels and the brand new “Motion” button, which replaces the lengthy normal Mute. The brand new button — which is adopted from the Apple Watch Extremely — would additionally grace the iPhone 15 Professional. It’s mentioned to supply quite a few completely different customizable shortcuts to issues just like the digital camera, accessibility choices, flashlight and the precise Shortcuts app (if you wish to get inventive).
Apple Watch Sequence 9
Talking of the Apple Watch. The rumor mill has truly been fairly silent right here. That would properly be a sign that this can be a relative down yr for the wearable. It is also as a result of the truth that subsequent yr is the massive 1-0, so Apple could wait till subsequent yr to tug out all of the stops. It’s additionally doubtless ready for subsequent yr for a brand new Apple Watch SE.
That mentioned, a brand new Apple Watch Extremely does look like within the playing cards for subsequent week. Each the Extremely 2 and Sequence 9 are more likely to get new processors and colours. There’s additionally been speak of Apple eyeing 3D printing for case design, after adopting the method for parts of the Imaginative and prescient Professional. I do suppose there’s nonetheless an enormous query of scale when involves one thing as mass market because the Apple Watch, nonetheless.
The time feels proper for some new AirPods. That mentioned, 2024 appears a likelier timeline for the headphones to get the H2 chip remedy. Nevertheless, promoting a stand-alone USB-C charging case could also be within the playing cards. And hey, talking of overdue, it’s been slightly below three years since we received the AirPods Max. Whereas we’re at it, I wouldn’t be mad at a brand new HomePod mini.
The whole lot else
A greater take a look at the Imaginative and prescient Professional appears nearly sure. Content material stays an enormous query mark, so this could possibly be a yr of demos, seeing as how the “spatial computing” headset hits the market early subsequent yr. We received nearly nothing in the way in which of video games. Now that the SDK and Unity’s growth platform have been out on this planet for a minute, that looks like a definite risk.
Extra specifics on the iOS/macOS/iPadOS/watchOS launch dates would make sense. Macs, nonetheless, appear to be a bit extra of an extended shot this day trip, and the M3 is way extra more likely to arrive in 2024.
The occasion kicks off at 10 AM PT on September 12. We’ll be there bringing it to you reside.