As the saying goes, only three things are certain in life: death, taxes, and Apple’s September event. Once again, the company is (probably) announcing a slew of new products next month, with the date officially set for September 7. And if the avalanche of rumors is anything to go by, there could be plenty to look forward to during Apple’s ‘Far Out’ event.
From the iPhone 14 to the Apple Watch Series 8, there are a few products that seem to be doing well this year. But the iPad and AirPods lineups could also be getting some love, and there may even be a surprise or two in store. Here’s a rundown of everything we’re hoping 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
This is the obvious one. Apple has released a new iPhone every September (except for 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 rumor mill has been working overtime. to produce countless rumors about Apple’s next smartphone.
From the removal of the notch to the addition of an always-on display, it looks like we’re in for some interesting updates – for the Pro model, that is. Apple is rumored to be planning to differentiate the standard and high-end iPhone more than usual this year, as the base iPhone 14 isn’t even set to receive a chip upgrade. And if you’re a fan of small phones, you might want to stick with that iPhone 13 mini: Persistent leaks point to Apple ditching the iPhone mini this year, replacing it with a larger 6.7-inch iPhone. 14 max
apple watch series 8
The Apple Watch also tends to get an update around the same time as the iPhone 14, though changes to Apple’s wearable are typically a bit more gradual. Last year’s Apple Watch Series 7 offered few improvements over the 6, save for a slightly larger screen (which allowed for the world’s smallest qwerty keyboard). But while the Apple Watch Series 8 (opens in a new tab) Expected to borrow the same design (again!), rumors of a 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 slimmer). As well as features including a temperature sensor and low power mode (for longer battery life), the Apple Watch ‘Pro’ will apparently come exclusively in 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 has a home button (and lacks support for the Apple Pencil 2), the cheaper iPad looks decidedly long in the tooth. But rumor has it that it could change in 2022.
Recently leaked CAD files gave us our first alleged look at the design of the 10th-gen iPad, showing something much more akin to the iPad Air and iPad Pro, complete with flat edges, quad speakers, and an LED flash. Interestingly, these renders still retain the home button, and at the moment it’s unclear if it will feature a Lightning port or make the jump to USB-C.
Despite the name, the AirPods Pro are starting to look a bit tired. First introduced in 2019, Apple’s high-end headphones haven’t been updated in three years. But rumor has it that some pretty nifty (and in some cases, creepy) new features could be on the way.
We’ve heard many rumors that the iconic “stem” could soon be gone from AirPods Pro. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says AirPods Pro will feature “an entirely new design that dispenses with the short stem coming out of the bottom.” for a design similar to the Beats Fit Pro”.
But it’s some of the rumored features that have really caught our attention. Apple is also said to be working on an impressive (and slightly scary) new security feature through which AirPods could identify the user by the shape of their ear or the way they walk. It all sounds a bit dystopian to us, but hey, more security could be a good thing. There are also some really weird rumours, including the suggestion that Apple will add the ability to control your AirPods with your teeth (yes, you read that right).
Apple Virtual Reality Headset
Well, this is the furthest. But that’s the name of the event so… maybe? Rumors about Apple’s VR headset have gathered pace over the past year, and with Meta Quest 2 and PS VR 2 growing in popularity, Apple could be planning to strike while the VR iron is hot.
So what do we know about headphones? Bloomberg says (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 like a virtual keyboard. The earphones are reported to feature a cloth exterior (perhaps similar to the AirPods Max?) and, rather unusual for Apple, a built-in fan.
But perhaps the most impressive details are the internals. Supposedly, Apple is testing “some of its most advanced and powerful chips,” including some that dwarf even the incredible M1 chip. While we’re not sure how Apple intends the device to be used, if it packs an even better chip than its high-end laptops, could the company intend for this new creation to become our flagship device?
Time will tell what Apple plans to announce next month, but if you don’t feel like sticking around to find out, there are plenty of amazing iPhone 13 deals and iPad deals to sink your teeth into in the meantime.