We have been touring the latest rumors and leaks and playing all the songs from The Mamas and The Papas back and forth to get the best possible picture of what we’re in store with next Tuesday’s “California Streaming” event.
The invitations, which came out a week in advance, don’t seem to give the game here. There were extremely cool RA tricks, accessible via Safari on mobile, that could point to some fantastic camera updates, although augmented reality has become a staple in these invitations.
The title of California Streaming, meanwhile, seems to be more a gesture of attention to the total nature of the event, rather than anything to do with, say, Apple TV (of course, we have been something more in the past). And as for this beautiful feature of the Sierras, that could be a nod to macOS, even though the company has moved to Monterey. It seems equally likely to be a reference to the title mentioned.
The biggest, simplest and most important answer to the question of what to expect is a new iPhone. Last year’s models experienced a noticeable delay due to the COVID-19-related bottleneck. Supply chain problems have persisted, of course, but by all accounts, the company seems to be back on track with its pre-pandemic release cycle.
Of course, the biggest update to the iPhone 12 was the long-awaited incorporation of 5G. This, along with the delay, led Apple to a fairly massive quarter of sales amid a broader stagnation in the overall mobile market. Although other manufacturers have skipped the number for superstitious reasons, Apple seems firmly on board with the iPhone 13 (even, according to information from its successor, the iPhone 14 had already been leaked).
Recent reports suggest that the iPhone 13 will come in four different configurations, just like its predecessor. So: the iPhone 13, 13 Mini, 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max. Screen sizes should remain the same: 5.4, 6.1 (x2), and 6.7 inches. Meanwhile, a separate report suggests we’ll see additional colors, with the full range of black, white, blue, purple, pink (instead of green) and Product (red). Keep in mind, however, that there is no doubt that they offer different colors in different markets.
Not surprisingly, camera updates are the most important news here. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s word is that last year’s Pro Max model specifications will be graduated to the rest of the line (including, potentially, lidar). A ProRes video mode is said to follow the addition of ProRAW to further advance the phone’s good faith as a semi-professional video shooting platform. Meanwhile, movie video is said to bring a style effect in portrait mode. Kuo has also suggested that the devices will get a feature based on the Qualcomm X60 that allows for emergency satellite calls, according to reports will only be available in certain markets.
Of course, the phone will also receive Apple’s latest chip, the A15, which is added to the 120 Hz ProMotion display. Apple could also bring an ever-active feature to the screen, hopefully with minimal impact on battery life. In terms of looks, we anticipate that it will be more or less the same as its predecessor, albeit with a slightly smaller camera on the front, though not to the point of the fake Ted Lasso iPhone. Meanwhile, the camera is said to be getting bigger, perhaps offering an improved telephoto lens.
Oh, and apparently they will be more expensive than the iPhone 12, of course there are none of the news that Apple will actively promote.
The Apple Watch 7 seems destined to be the other big news of the event. Apple’s popularly popular portable device is set to be more massive, with a larger screen, resulting in a slightly larger case size, 40mm and 44mm to 41mm and 45mm. However, the overall size will not be too large, as it is said that the company will reduce its bevels this time around.
Perhaps the most exciting rumor around the clock is the addition of a major battery. It has long felt like a blind spot for the product, compared to competing smartwatches, especially after Apple significantly improved sleep tracking. Most don’t anticipate major new health features for this Watch Tour, which is a bit of a surprise here, as health and fitness have been a major cornerstone for Apple.
AirPods 3 looks like a reasonably good bet. It is said that the latest version of the company’s entry-level headphones (and their case) will get a more Pro-style redesign, along with a new chip designed to improve battery life. Active noise cancellation and replaceable tips will apparently not make an appearance to maintain the distinction between the two models.
With the upgrade of the entire company range to its own silicon plan, don’t be surprised if we see several new Macs. Rumors suggest a new MacBook Pro, Mac Mini and a larger 27-inch version of its ARM-powered iMac.
The event kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. PDT / 1 pm EDT. We will be here, bringing you the news when they arrive.