Apple Event Live Blog: What to expect, from iPhone 14 to Apple Watch Pro

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One product we certainly don’t expect to see at tomorrow’s Apple event is the rumored Apple Car. There will likely still be several Apple events, and that’s if Apple is actually working on it (there has been talk of a 2025 launch), but that doesn’t seem to bother potential buyers. A recent survey revealed that Apple Car is already beating other brands in the eyes of consumers.

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There have been almost as many rumors about what we won’t see at tomorrow’s Apple event as what we will. And one product that looks like it’s going off the charts is a new 2022 iPad.

We would normally expect to see a new iPad announced alongside the iPhone – the current 10.2-inch 9th-gen iPad was revealed alongside the iPhone 13 at Apple’s September 2021 event. , TechCrunch noted that Apple said iPadOS 16 “will ship after iOS.”

Since we’re guessing that Apple would like new iPads to ship with the new operating system, that would seem to suggest we’ll have to wait until at least a little later in the year. Last year, Apple held events in September and October, so we think it could do the same this year and announce the new iPad next month. You do not know where we are with iPads? You can check out our list of all iPad generations currently available.

Rendering of the Apple VR headset

A fan-made render of an Apple VR headset (Image credit: Ian Zelbo/Future Owns)

As usual, there are a few more outlandish rumors floating around, perhaps the main one being that tomorrow we might finally see Apple’s VR headset. This one seems a little out of the way – but again, that’s the title of the event…

AirPods Pro 2 render

A fan-made render of the AirPods Pro 2 (Image credit: Konstantin Milenin)

We’re also hoping to see a long-awaited update to the AirPods Pro tomorrow – and recent rumors suggest they’ll come with a new charging case that’ll be much easier to find, thanks to new built-in speakers. Right now, users can play sound from their individual AirPods, but anyone who’s ever lost the charging case will attest to that, finding that’s a whole different ballgame.

Details on the headphones themselves are more elusive, but we’ve heard for a while that they might finally ditch the iconic stem. It would be a big step up for the AirPods – while the design was mercilessly mocked at launch in 2016, these days it’s ubiquitous on the streets.

Render Apple Watch Series 8

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As for the Apple Watch Series 8, it looks like it will let the Apple Watch Pro take the limelight. With the design rumored to be identical to the Series 7, we could be here for a more gradual upgrade – although rumored new features include blood sugar and temperature monitoring.

Apple Watch Pro rendering

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Of course, it’s not just the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro that we expect to see tomorrow. The next iteration of the Apple Watch is just as likely. But it’s not just the Series 8 that’s been heavily rumored – there’s also a brand new version that’s also rumored to be dropping.

The ‘Apple Watch Pro’ would be a new ‘rugged’ model with added features aimed more at extreme sports enthusiasts. And yesterday we may have gotten our first look at the design, with flat edges and… a brand new button. For a company that prefers carrying things around (home buttons, headphone jacks, chargers), it would certainly be interesting to see Apple release a more complex version of one of its existing products.

Apple Event Bingo Card

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Oh yes. It wouldn’t be an Apple Event without Apple Event Bingo Bingo Cards. Here’s one of our favorite examples, courtesy of BasicAppleGuy (opens in a new tab) (who was behind these hilarious alternative workouts for Apple Watch).

We’ve heard several times that Apple may be planning a major U(SB) shift with the iPhone 14, finally offering USB-C (opens in a new tab) to the masses. Allowing faster charging than Lightning and much greater flexibility with accessories, USB-C has been a mainstay on fans’ wishlists for a few years now. But seeing as it was rumored to hit the iPhone 13, 12, and 11, we’ll take this one with a pinch of salt.

iPhone 13 render

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So what features do we expect from the iPhone 14? One of the most persistent rumors we’ve heard is that the iPhone 14 lineup (or at least part of it) is live for always-on display. This could allow basic information such as time, date, and notifications to remain on the screen without having to press the power button.

What about the camera? The iPhone 14 Pro is rumored to feature a massive 48MP sensor, capable of outputting 8K video. If so, the other models in our best camera phone roundup better start creating an iPhone 14-like space.

And it looks like we might finally have a periscope lens, which could mean zoom capabilities of up to 50x. That said, recent reports have also claimed that the periscope lens might not arrive until the iPhone 15, so we might have a little longer to wait on that front.

iPhone 12 purple

The purple iPhone 12 (Image credit: Apple)

New colors are almost as exciting as new features – and every iPhone generation tends to include at least one exclusive hue. Rumor has it that this year we’ll get the first purple iPhone since the 12 and 12 mini – but rather than the pleasing pastel hue given to us in 2020, this year’s purple could be a lot more, uh, purple.

iPhone 13

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Although we weren’t expecting to see an iPhone 14 mini this year, another new model might take its place. Apple is rumored to be going big this year – literally. A larger 6.7-inch version of the standard iPhone 14 is reportedly on the cards, meaning the entry-level device will come in the same sizes as the ‘Pro’ model. The only question is what will it be called – iPhone 14 Max or iPhone 14 Pro? Knowing Apple and its confusing naming conventions, this probably won’t make much sense.

iPhone 13 mini compared next to iPhone 13

You might want to hang on to that iPhone 13 mini (Image credit: Apple/Future)

Almost as interesting as what shows up at an Apple event is what doesn’t. And if various rumors are to be believed, the latter should include the iPhone mini. Seemingly plagued by poor sales, Apple reportedly discontinued the iPhone mini after just two years – which is bad news for those (like me) who prefer small phones.

iPhone 14 render

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Perhaps the most persistent rumor of the year concerns the design of the iPhone 14 Pro. Specifically the notch – or lack thereof. The controversial design key is said to be replaced with a floating “pill + hole” design that should free up a bit more of the screen’s real state.

It’s not quite clear yet how this will work in practice (will the pill and the hole come together when the screen is in use?), but anything that frees up even a few precious pixels can only be a good thing for creative people.

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It’s that time of year again! Welcome to Creative Bloq’s Apple Event blog, where we’ll keep you up to date on all the Cupertino company’s shenanigans over the next few days. The rumor mill has churned out rumor after leak after tidbit over the past few months, and we have a pretty comprehensive idea of ​​what to expect tomorrow. Over the next few hours, we’ll be sharing everything we expect to see, from the iPhone 14 to the Apple Watch Pro.

Joseph K. Bennett