Apple Event 2023: iPhone 15, new Apple Watches and everything else to expect

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Not each who wonderment are lust. Some of america will beryllium forming an orderly queue successful nan holding room astatine One Apple Park Way connected Tuesday morning. At 10 AM PT connected September 12, Tim Cook and co. will beryllium backmost astatine it, showcasing nan latest cogwheel up of nan large vacation push.

There are 2 things we tin confidently show you will beryllium connected show astatine nan large Apple event: nan iPhone 15 and Apple Watch Series 9. There are immoderate things successful this world you tin really group your smartwatch to. There person been rumors galore, of course. For 1 thing, a fewer members of nan AirPods family are starting to get agelong successful nan tooth.

Macs are a perpetual anticipation arsenic well. I deliberation I besides speak for astir of america erstwhile I opportunity that it would beryllium bully to get a small much look clip pinch nan Vision Pro headset that stole nan show astatine WWDC, backmost successful June.

What follows is simply a operation of what we know, what we deliberation we cognize and what we’re consecutive up wildly speculating about.

iPhone 15

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The clear marquee announcement this clip out. What’s possibly astir absorbing astir nan iPhone 15 is that Apple had its manus forced here. It’s not for illustration anyone successful nan large solid spaceship was champing astatine nan spot to adopt USB-C (or Thunderbolt 3 aliases immoderate you want to telephone it). You tin convey EU regulators for that one. Last year, the European Parliament voted to standardize ports crossed devices.

Now, technically, those regulators gave manufacturers until nan extremity of 2024 to instrumentality nan tech crossed devices, but each signs constituent to Apple pulling disconnected nan Band-Aid for nan iPhone 15. Among different things, much location governing bodies are poised to travel nan EU’s lead present for user defense and e-waste related reasons.

Last September marked nan 10th day of Apple forcing nan Lightning connector to beryllium a thing. The point astir Lightning, however, is that it’s bad and I dislike it. My colleagues dislike it. Friends and family dislike it. My rabbit likes it, but she’ll happily chew done immoderate cable, sloppy of what’s connected either end. Point is, it’s bad and has ever been bad.

An absorbing caveat present is nan study that nan higher USB 3.2 information velocity will beryllium reserved for nan pro models, pinch nan modular iPhone 15 stuck astatine USB 2.0 (still a communal spec successful Android land).

Wireless charging, meanwhile, is said to beryllium bumped up to 35W crossed nan board. It seems nan iPhone will beryllium 1 of nan first phones to adopt nan Qi2 standard, which combines wireless charging pinch magnets — thing Apple has been doing for a minute. Given that Apple is 1 of nan 344 companies successful nan Wireless Power Consortium (and each of nan Qi2 iPhone accessories announced astatine IFA), this feels for illustration a safe bet.

Meanwhile, nan Dynamic Island — introduced connected nan iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max — should beryllium trickling down to nan cheaper models arsenic well.

Another absorbing summation is nan rumored iPhone 15 Ultra, which would switch nan Pro Max and adopt Apple’s caller naming convention. That handset is said to athletics a 6.7-inch show pinch a 120 Hz refresh rate, slimmed down bezels and nan caller “Action” button, which replaces nan agelong modular Mute. The caller fastener — which is adopted from nan Apple Watch Ultra — would besides grace nan iPhone 15 Pro. It’s said to connection a number of different customizable shortcuts to things for illustration nan camera, accessibility options, flashlight and nan existent Shortcuts app (if you want to get creative).

Apple Watch Series 9

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Speaking of nan Apple Watch. The rumor mill has really been beautiful silent here. That could good beryllium an denotation that this is simply a comparative down twelvemonth for nan wearable. It could besides beryllium owed to nan truth that adjacent twelvemonth is nan large 1-0, truthful Apple whitethorn wait until adjacent year to propulsion retired each nan stops. It’s besides apt waiting for adjacent twelvemonth for a caller Apple Watch SE.

That said, a caller Apple Watch Ultra does look to beryllium successful nan cards for adjacent week. Both nan Ultra 2 and Series 9 are apt to get caller processors and colors. There’s besides been talk of Apple eyeing 3D printing for lawsuit design, aft adopting nan process for elements of nan Vision Pro. I do deliberation there’s still a large mobility of standard erstwhile comes to thing arsenic wide marketplace arsenic nan Apple Watch, however.


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The clip feels correct for immoderate caller AirPods. That said, 2024 seems a likelier timeline for nan headphones to get nan H2 spot treatment. However, trading a stand-alone USB-C charging lawsuit whitethorn beryllium successful nan cards. And hey, speaking of overdue, it’s been conscionable nether 3 years since we sewage nan AirPods Max. While we’re astatine it, I wouldn’t beryllium huffy astatine a caller HomePod mini.

Everything else

Apple CEO Tim Cook announces awesome updates to iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, tvOS and macOS astatine Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference astatine Apple Park. Image Credits: Brooks Kraft/Apple Inc.

A amended look astatine nan Vision Pro seems almost certain. Content remains a large mobility mark, truthful this could beryllium a twelvemonth of demos, seeing arsenic really nan “spatial computing” headset hits nan marketplace early adjacent year. We sewage virtually thing successful nan measurement of games. Now that nan SDK and Unity’s improvement level person been retired successful nan world for a minute, that seems for illustration a chopped possibility.

More specifics connected nan iOS/macOS/iPadOS/watchOS merchandise dates would make sense. Macs, however, look for illustration a spot much of a agelong changeable this clip out, and nan M3 is acold much apt to get successful 2024.

The Apple Event kicks disconnected astatine 10 AM PT connected September 12. We’ll beryllium location bringing it to you live.

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