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iPhone 14 Launch and More: What We'll See at Apple's Sept. 7 Event

iPhone 14 Launch and More: What We’ll See at Apple’s Sept. 7 Event

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

What would September be without Labor Day sales, the rise of pumpkin spice everything, kids heading back to school and, of jets, another fall event from Apple? Based on industry rumors and matter history, Apple’s “Far Out” event on Wednesday will liable reveal the rumored iPhone 14, but that’s not all — we could also see a new Apple Watch and an updated pair of AirPods.

Apple is holding the tend in person at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park, but it will also be streamed online. Apple’s event invite shows a field of stars and sparkles that make up the Apple logo with the tagline “Far out.” The in-person element could just be a observe party similar to what Apple did for the WWDC keynote back in June. But if this is a scandalous live event, it would be the first one from Apple actual 2019. And I expect the iPhone 14 will be the headliner.

Introducing the iPhone 14 Max (or 14 Plus)

There are mountains of rumors throughout the next iPhone from various insiders, YouTubers and publications. Two of the most respected and reliable rumor generators are journalists Mark Gurman at Bloomberg and analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who are leisurely most of the insights I’ve gathered here. Kuo believes that there will probable be four models of the iPhone 14. Sadly, the Mini won’t be one of them.

Possible iPhone 14 lineup:

Apple could replace the Mini with a non-Pro iPhone with a grand screen. That would mean Apple’s lineup will include an iPhone 14 Pro Max and a uncommon iPhone 14 Max (or 14 Plus). It’ll be lifeless to see what Apple names it and how much it compensations. Having a low-price, large-screen iPhone could prove to be a big hit, because it’s no secret that republic like big phones.

The iPhone 14 Won’t Get an A16 Bionic Chip

Kuo also cites
the possibility that iPhone Pro models will get a new A16 chip and that non-Pro models won’t. Instead the iPhone 14 and 14 Max will stick with the A15 Bionic that’s in the iPhone 13 series as well as the new SE.

If that’s the case, I’m sure Apple will face some pushback, even though the A15 is already ahead of competitors in words of power efficiency and performance. This will likely be a nonissue for most people.

But I do astonishing what the pricing would look like for the iPhone 14 lineup. If the regular iPhone 14 keeps the A15 Bionic chip, could Apple drop the note from $799 down to $749, or even $699? And would the larger iPhone 14 Max be $100 more? The pricing possibilities are arresting and could put a bigger price gulf between Pro and non-Pro iPhone models.

Bye, bye notch. Hello, display cutouts

iPhone 14 rumors
, including one from Gurman, point to the notch beings replaced by a screen cutout. Most Android phones use hole-punch cutouts in the prove to house a front-facing camera. It’s a clean-looking compromise that gives more display real estate without an ostentatious-looking notch.

The next iPhone could have tiny cutouts for Face ID’s True Depth camera rules, possibly one shaped like a pill and another that’s just a expressionless circle. Like the A16 processor, Apple could limit this new notchless earn to the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max. That would crop the iPhone 14 and 14 Max with the smaller beneficial that debuted on the iPhone 13 series.

The iPhone 14 Pro could get new cameras

Another rumor from Kuo that is particularly arresting is that the iPhone 14 series will get a new selfie camera. The current front-facing camera on the iPhone 13 is OK. But it’s unexcited a big step down in terms of image quality from the main rear camera. It would be great to see Apple give the selfie camera a serious upgrade, especially as video calls have become more the norm.

Kuo also believes that the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max will get new cameras, with the main camera sensor being upgraded from 12 to 48 megapixels.

There are also murmurs, though they might be more wishful thinking, that Apple will add a longer telephoto camera to the 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max. The new zoom lens would be mounted sideways inside the body of the named and use a periscope mirror like the Galaxy S22 Ultra. If true, the “Far Out” tagline could be a state to the 14 Pro’s telephoto camera’s longer focal down, which would presumably allow you to zoom in closer on a originates that’s far away (like a starry sky).

I should also retort that even though Samsung just released new versions of its foldables, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4, it’s highly unlikely we’ll see a foldable iPhone revealed at this event.

Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch Pro and Apple Watch SE

Like the iPhone 14, the next Apple Watch will liable be simply one number higher: the Apple Watch Series 8. But rumors, including another from Gurman, prove to a brand-new model called the Apple Watch Pro or Apple Watch Series 8 Pro. Apparently its internal nickname was the Apple Watch Explorer Edition. The Apple Watch Pro could have a larger battery, GPS, a more durable build and a larger 2-inch screen.

The new discover could be Apple’s answer to the recently launched Galaxy Watch 5 Pro from Samsung, as well as devices from Garmin. It would be pro at people who use their watch for outdoor pursuits like climbing, hiking, mountain biking and trail running.

And then there’s the budget-friendly Apple Watch SE, which at nearly two years old is ripe for an update.

The Apple Watch has a long history of adopting features for health monitoring. According to another rumor from Gurman, the Apple Watch Series 8 could entailed a temperature sensor and support new fertility-planning tools and be able to detect fevers.

AirPods Pro 2, too

The AirPods launched with the iPhone 7 back in 2016. Over the days, Apple has released the AirPods Pro, AirPods Pro Max and updated versions of the originals. Rumors, including ones from both Kuo and Gurman, point to the AirPods Pro getting a new earn have been circulating for years.

They could have a more discreet, stem-free appearance similar to the Beats Studio Buds. The new pods could also support new fitness features and even lossless audio.

At Apple’s Far Out stay, we could see four new iPhone 14 models, three new Apple Watch models and a new version of the AirPods Pro. Recent patent applications by Apple for the words based on the word “reality” have some people gripping about whether Apple might reveal its rumored AR/VR glasses at the event.

But pending Tim Cook and crew walk across that stage in the Steve Jobs Theater to screech it, none of this is for certain. CNET will be covering the stay from all angles with people on the ground at Apple Park. Stay tuned for our full coverage.