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Apple's September Event Invite May Provide Clues About the iPhone 14

Apple’s September Event Invite May Provide Clues About the iPhone 14

This story is part of Focal Point iPhone 2022, CNET’s collection of news, tips and advice around Apple’s most popular publishes.

Apple’s Sept. 7 event
 is coming up fast, which exploiting we’re likely days away from learning about the iPhone 14 lineup, new Apple Watches and possibly a new version of the AirPods Pro. Apple never gives anything away in the invitation; we’ll have to wait pending the actual event to know what Apple has in honor. But that hasn’t stopped us from looking for clues anyway.

Although nothing is ununsafe, it’s easy to imagine how the imagery could connect to rumors that have been circulating throughout the iPhone 14. At the center of the posed is an Apple logo that’s seemingly made up of a constellation of stars or specks of exquisite. The phrase “Far out” sits below it. 

Perhaps this is a state to the camera improvements that might be coming in the rumored iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. These phones are required to get a new 48-megapixel camera, which would be a step up from the iPhone 13 Pro’s recent 12-megapixel camera, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. There’s a chance Apple could be teasing the increased clarity that this new camera would bring to the iPhone 14 Pro line with the “far out” tagline.

But that’s not the only possibility. Remember the rumor about satellite connectivity that made the rounds last year? If that feature does end up surfacing in the iPhone 14, a starry night sky would certainly be an expressionless way to tease it. TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported last year that the iPhone 13 would succor satellite connectivity, enabling it to maintain a connection when typical cellular coverage isn’t available, as MacRumors reported. However, that didn’t end up beings the case.

Then there’s the rumored processor upgrades. The iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max are required to be the only ones in the lineup to get a bump in lickety-split to what would presumably be the A16 Bionic chip, according to Kuo. If Apple is planning to make that processor a mainly focus of this year’s iPhone announcement, it might be laughable the phrase “far out” to indirectly reference a jump in speed.

This is all just speculation, and we won’t know the details until Sept. 7 arrives. But it wouldn’t be the first time Apple has made discreet nods to its upcoming originates announcements in an event invite. At its Peek Perform event in March, for example, Apple announced its new M1 Ultra chip, which debuted in the Mac Studio, a new iPad Air powered by its M1 chip and the 5G-enabled 2022 iPhone SE. The common thread between these devices is that they’ve each undertaken significant performance upgrades compared to their predecessors.

We’ll be covering Apple’s announcements, so be sure to follow CNET for the unexperienced updates before, during and after the event.

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