iPhone 14, Apple Watch Series 8, AirPods Pro 2… what to expect from Apple’s Keynote

iPhone 14, Apple Watch Series 8, AirPods Pro 2... what to expect from Apple's Keynote

The iPhone 14, as well as several novelties of the Apple brand, will be presented during the Apple Keynote that will take place on Wednesday, September 7, 2022. Summary of expectations.

For several weeks, speculation has abounded about the announcements that will be made during Apple’s next Keynote. The wait is coming to an end: The Apple Brand Back to School Conference will officially take place on Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at Apple Park in Cupertino, California. The event should lift the veil on the iPhone 14 and its various iterations, as well as new versions of flagship products like AirPods Pro or Apple Watch.

Company boss Tim Cook is rumored to announce four mobile phones: iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Max (a larger and more affordable version of the iPhone Pro Max), iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. The iPhone mini would retire this year. Obviously, the entire range will not benefit from the same technologies.

Four models, but no more mini version

To mark the difference between the classic and Pro versions, which should however offer the same screen sizes (6.1 inches and 6.7 inches diagonally), the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max could be equipped with the A15 chip, the same as the iPhone. 13 and iPhone 13 Pro launched in late 2021. Only devices with the Pro seal would ship a new processor, the A16 chip, and would benefit from improvements in the field of photography with a 48-megapixel sensor, compared to 12-megapixel of the classic version. and an improved FaceTime camera with autofocus.

On the design side, we should expect a little change. So the screen should ditch the black notch at the top of the screen in favor of a simple swipe. And maybe even go for a double whammy on the iPhone Pro, including one in the form of a pill to house the camera and facial recognition system. Everything would even disappear visually thanks to a sleight of hand.

A significant price increase

Plus, it’s sure to be the last generation of Apple phones loaded with proprietary Lightning cables. Starting in 2023, iPhone models will have to switch to the USB-C port, the charging system used by all Android phones, to comply with European regulations.

Finally, according to the latest predictions issued by analyst Ming Chi Kuo, these future smartphones should be less affordable than their predecessors. For good reason, the analyst anticipates a 15% increase in the entire iPhone 14 series, the first in three years, to reach an estimated average price between $1,000 and $1,050. This would be explained by the rise in the price of components, but also by a rise in the value of the dollar in almost the entire world.

The Apple Watch Pro: the highlight of the show?

This has been a persistent rumor for several weeks. This year, the Apple Watch appears to be of particular importance to the American electronics giant. The latter could announce no less than three versions of its connected watch and present the Apple Watch Series 8, the Apple Watch SE 2, but above all a new advanced version with the “Pro” seal for athletes.

Apple Watch Series 7 from Apple
Apple’s Apple Watch Series 7 © Apple
The Apple Watch Series 7 should have several heirs.
The Apple Watch Series 7 should have several heirs. © apple

The noises from the corridors suggest that this latest iteration, more robust to withstand shocks and sports activities, could sport a single-size flat screen larger than the current Apple Watch (47 mm vs. 41 and 45 mm), more careful finishes and that even be able, according to Ming-Chi Kuo, to alert its bearer in case of fever. All models could benefit from improved autonomy thanks to the arrival of a low consumption mode and a new cheaper processor.

The Apple Watch Pro is expected to be announced at the end of the conference during a “One More Thing that the company is fond of.

Furthermore, the AirPods Pro 2 could also be in the game. These wireless active noise reduction headphones would benefit from a new design, new chip and improved sound.

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