UPDATE 9/14: The Apple event is streaming as we speak, with Apple having already announced the new iPad Mini 6 and 9th generation iPad. You can watch the ongoing event here or in the YouTube embedded below. Apple has also just announced the Apple Watch Series 7 with watch OS 8, giving you a variety of new features.
Aside from the iPad, the company is expected to launch a new line of iPhones, an Apple Watch Series 7, AirPods 3, and accessories at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET on Tuesday, September 14, which will be streamed live from Apple Park.
As a result of the pandemic, most tech press events have temporarily taken on this format, and Apple’s is no exception. The good news is that there are several methods to watch it no matter what devices you have access to.
Apple will open up its livestream starting at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET on Tuesday, September 14. You’ll be able to watch it on Apple’s Event website using any modern browser. You can also watch it through the Apple TV app with any compatible device or directly on YouTube if your device isn’t on the list.
This is Apple’s marquee event for the fall, and the new iPhone 13 series are the highlight since as always, Apple saved the best for last. We expect updates to the entire lineup, with the phones featuring the same models as the iPhone 12 series — meaning an iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13, and iPhone 13 Mini are in the cards. There’s also reason to believe that a third generation of the AirPods, the Apple Watch Series 7, and potentially even one or two new iPad models may be announced during the California Streaming event.
We’ve covered the iPhone 13 in far more detail, but what we expect is a visual evolution of the older iPhone 12 — nothing too revolutionary. According to Bloomberg and other reliable sources, Apple is said to be slimming down the notch that houses the Face ID module while tweaking Face ID to work better with masks. The cameras are also more or less the same, with the ultrawide lens getting an autofocus update and the iPhone’s videography picking up the equivalent of portrait mode with something called Cinematic Video.
The display is likely going to match some of the best Android phones out now with support for 120Hz. Apple has supported smoother refresh rates on iPad for years but had stuck to 60Hz on iPhones despite Android rivals moving to at least 120Hz or more — some have even reached 144Hz, on par with gaming monitors. With the iPhone 13, reports are that the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max will support 120Hz, a substantial boost. It also wouldn’t be an iPhone launch without new colors, and many have been speculated, including Sunset Gold, Rose Pink, and Matte Black. Finally, a new A15 processor is predicted to be part of the package, keeping the performance gap between iPhones and Android flagships intact.
Other than iPhones, there is the potential for an improved pair of AirPods with a design that’s much more similar to the AirPods Pro than the conventional AirPods, plus a smaller, more compact case. The big improvement is likely to be a design with a reduced stem. Then there’s plenty of talk about the Apple Watch Series 7 which is getting its first major redesign in generations and new sensors. It’s likely to be announced alongside the iPhone 13 despite widespread rumors of shortages and production issues.
Finally, two new iPads may make their debut, a redesigned iPad Mini 6, and a thinner and lighter traditional iPad. Of course, with Apple also predicted to launch a new MacBook Pro later this fall, the company may wait and debut all three larger-screen devices at once. There’s already talk about a second event in October, though we’re still waiting on details for that.