It’s that time of year again, when Apple prepares to unveil new iPhones… and most likely a slew of other products. That also means it’s time for us to summarize what we’ve learned from months of rumors and speculation about what Apple will do next.
First and foremost, Apple is likely to hold two events this year, as the company appears to have a slew of new products to unveil in 2021.
Here’s what you can expect on September 14th, without further ado.
Since 2012, September has been the month in which Apple has announced all of its major iPhone releases, with the exception of last year — you know, a particularly unusual year — There’s always the possibility that Apple will hold an event before releasing its iPhones, as it did last year when it unveiled the new iPad and Apple Watch, but the current buzz in the rumor mill makes that unlikely.
According to sources, the non-Pro devices will be available in six colors: black, blue, purple, Product (RED), white, and pink. That last one will take the place of the green from last year. In the meantime, the Pro models could come in black, silver, gold, or bronze.
Overall, don’t expect the phone to look drastically different, but rather a minor update. It appears that a more dramatic design update will have to wait until the iPhone 14.
Release date for iOS 15
The most recent version of iOS is always released in conjunction with new iPhones. Developers and enthusiasts have had months to preview the OS, but the official release will almost certainly happen in the days following the September 14 event.
Apple Watch Series 7
The Apple Watch is likely to receive its most significant redesign to date. The device will reportedly come in two sizes: 41 and 45 mm, which is only 1 mm larger than previous models, but thinner bezels should allow for much larger displays. The devices are also expected to have flat edges, in keeping with Apple’s recent aesthetic for mobile devices.
Apple has been rumored to be planning a refresh of the cheaper AirPods for some time, and there’s a good chance these will be unveiled at the September event.
According to leaker Max Weinbach (via his @PineLeaks account), these will have a larger battery and wireless charging as standard. He also claims that they will have more bass than previous models.
Other rumors say they will have a design similar to the AirPods Pro, with shorter stems.
iPad Mini 6
Apple is widely expected to release a new iPad Mini this fall, but the exact date is unknown. It could be released alongside the new iPhone, or Apple could save it for a later date. However, stores have been running low on stock, implying a launch sooner rather than later.
New budget iPad
This fall, we can also expect a new low-cost iPad. It may instead come with the A13, which should be sufficient for most users. It’s also expected to have a slimmer design.
Apple TV updates
While there hasn’t been much Apple TV news, the September 14 invite did include the phrase “California streaming.” It most likely just refers to the fact that the event will be streamed virtually once more, but who knows, it could also be related to Apple TV or Apple TV+.
HomePod with a display
Apple was rumored to be working on a HomePod with a display, similar to the Google Nest Hub or Amazon Echo Show, back in March.
It’s a natural category for Apple to enter at some point, especially after the original HomePod flopped.
How to watch the event
The event will be streamed live on Apple’s website on September 14 at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET. You can watch it on Apple’s website, through the Apple TV app, or on YouTube; we’ve embedded the YouTube stream below.