Not all who marvel are lust. A few of us can 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. can be again at it, showcasing the most recent gear forward of the massive vacation push.
There are two issues we are able to confidently inform you’ll be on show on the massive occasion: the iPhone 15 and Apple Watch Sequence 9. There are some issues on this world you’ll be able to actually set your smartwatch to. There have been rumors galore, after all. For one factor, just a few members of the AirPods household are beginning to get lengthy within the tooth.
Macs are a perpetual chance as effectively. I feel I additionally converse for many of us after I say that it could be good to get a little bit 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 out. What’s maybe most attention-grabbing concerning the iPhone 15 is that Apple had its hand pressured right here. It’s not like anybody within the massive glass spaceship was champing on the bit to undertake USB-C (or Thunderbolt 3 or no matter you need to name it). You may thank EU regulators for that one. Final 12 months, the European Parliament voted to standardize ports throughout gadgets.
Now, technically, these regulators gave producers till the top of 2024 to implement the tech throughout gadgets, however all indicators level to Apple pulling off the Band-Assist for the iPhone 15. Amongst different issues, extra regional governing our bodies are poised to comply with the EU’s lead right here for client 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, nevertheless, 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 any cable, no matter what’s on both finish. Level is, it’s dangerous and has at all times been dangerous.
An attention-grabbing caveat right here is the report that the upper USB 3.2 knowledge velocity can 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 can 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 without doubt one of the 344 firms within the Wi-fi Energy Consortium (and all the Qi2 iPhone equipment introduced at IFA), this appears like a secure wager.
In the meantime, the Dynamic Island — launched on the iPhone 14 Professional and Professional Max — must be trickling all the way down to the cheaper fashions as effectively.
One other attention-grabbing addition is the rumored iPhone 15 Extremely, which might exchange the Professional Max and undertake Apple’s latest naming conference. That handset is claimed to sport a 6.7-inch show with a 120 Hz refresh price, 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 a lot of totally 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 really been fairly silent right here. That would effectively be a sign that this can be a relative down 12 months for the wearable. It may be attributable to the truth that subsequent 12 months is the massive 1-0, so Apple might wait till subsequent 12 months to drag out all of the stops. It’s additionally possible ready for subsequent 12 months for a brand new Apple Watch SE.
That mentioned, a brand new Apple Watch Extremely does seem 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 discuss of Apple eyeing 3D printing for case design, after adopting the method for components 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, nevertheless.
The time feels proper for some new AirPods. That mentioned, 2024 appears a likelier timeline for the headphones to get the H2 chip therapy. Nonetheless, 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 acquired the AirPods Max. Whereas we’re at it, I wouldn’t be mad at a brand new HomePod mini.
Every part else
A greater take a look at the Imaginative and prescient Professional appears nearly sure. Content material stays an enormous query mark, so this may very well be a 12 months of demos, seeing as how the “spatial computing” headset hits the market early subsequent 12 months. We acquired nearly nothing in the way in which of video games. Now that the SDK and Unity’s improvement platform have been out on the earth for a minute, that looks like a definite chance.
Extra specifics on the iOS/macOS/iPadOS/watchOS launch dates would make sense. Macs, nevertheless, seem like a bit extra of an extended shot this day out, and the M3 is much 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.