As the saying goes, only three things in life are certain: death, taxes, and Apple’s September event. Once again, the company is (likely) announcing a slew of new products next month, with the date officially set for September 7th. And if the onslaught of rumors is anything to go by, there could be plenty to look forward to at Apple’s “Far Out” event.
From the iPhone 14 to the Apple Watch Series 8, there are a few products that look like shoo-ins this year. But the iPad and AirPods lines could also be enjoyed, and there might even be a surprise or two in store. Here’s a look at everything we expect to see – and if you’re feeling impatient, be sure to check out the best Apple deals available here and now.
iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro
It’s obvious. Apple released a new iPhone every September (except in 2020, when the pandemic pushed things back a month), and we don’t expect things to be any different in 2022. And like every year, the mill Rumors has worked overtime to spread countless rumors about Apple’s next smartphone.
From removing the notch to adding an always-on display, it looks like we’re in for some exciting upgrades – for the Pro model, that is. Rumor has it that Apple plans to differentiate the standard and premium iPhone more than normal this year — with the base iPhone 14 not even set to receive a chip upgrade. And if you’re a fan of small phones, you might want to hang on to that iPhone 13 mini – persistent leaks all point to Apple phasing out the iPhone mini this year, replacing it instead with a larger iPhone from 6.7 inches. 14 Max’.
Apple Watch Series 8
The Apple Watch also tends to get an upgrade at the same time as the iPhone 14 – although the changes to Apple’s wearable are often a bit more incremental. Last year’s Apple Watch Series 7 offered little improvement over the 6, except for a slightly larger screen (which enabled the world’s smallest qwerty keyboard). But while the Apple Watch Series 8 (opens in a new tab) should borrow the same design (again!), rumors of an all-new Watch model are a bit more intriguing.
The so-called Apple Watch Pro is said to offer the first redesign since the Apple Watch Series 4 (when things got a bit rounder and thinner). Along with features like a temperature sensor and a low-power mode (for better battery life), the Apple Watch ‘Pro’ will apparently be made exclusively of super-tough titanium.
iPad (10th generation)
If there’s one Apple product that deserves some design love, it’s the entry-level iPad. The only model that still presses a home button (and doesn’t support the Apple Pencil 2), the cheapest iPad looks decidedly long in the tooth. But rumor has it that could change in 2022.
Leaked CAD files recently gave us our first presumed look at the 10th-gen iPad design, showing something much closer to the iPad Air and iPad Pro, with flat edges, quad speakers and an LED flash. Strangely, these renders still retain the home button – and at this time it’s unclear whether it will feature a Lightning port or make the jump to USB-C.
Despite their name, the AirPods Pro are starting to look a little tired. First introduced in 2019, Apple’s high-end headphones haven’t had an update for three years. But rumor has it that some pretty nifty (and in some cases, scary) new features might be on the way.
We’ve heard plenty of rumors that the iconic “stem” may be disappearing from the AirPods Pro soon. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says the AirPods Pro will feature “an entirely new design that dispenses with the short stem that sticks out from the bottom for a similar design to the Beats Fit Pro.”
But it’s some of the supposed features that really caught our attention. Apple is also reportedly working on an impressive (and slightly terrifying) new security feature whereby AirPods could identify the user by the shape of their ear or the gait of their walk. This all sounds a bit dystopian to us, but hey, more security could be a good thing. There are also some really weird rumours, including a suggestion that Apple will add the ability to control your AirPods with your teeth (yes, you read that right).
Apple virtual reality headset
Okay, this one is the farthest. But that’s the name of the event so… maybe? Rumors about Apple’s VR headset have accelerated over the past year, and with the growing popularity of Meta Quest 2 and PS VR 2, Apple might be looking to strike while the VR iron is hot.
So what do we know about the helmet? says Bloomberg (opens in a new tab)the device will be similar in size to the Quest 2 and will be able to track hand movements for features such as a virtual keyboard. The headphones are said to have a fabric exterior (perhaps similar to the AirPods Max?) and, rather unusually for Apple, a built-in fan.
But perhaps the most impressive details concern the internal components. Apple is reportedly testing “some of its most advanced and powerful chips,” including some that dwarf even the incredible M1 chip. Although we don’t know exactly how Apple intends to use the device, if it contains an even better chip than its high for laptops, could the company intend that this new creation become our main device?
Time will tell what Apple plans to announce next month, but if you don’t feel like hanging around to find out, there are plenty of awesome iPhone 13 and iPad deals to get you under the hood. tooth in the meantime.
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