Apple event live blog: what to expect, from iPhone 14 to Apple Watch Pro

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There have been almost as many rumours about what we won’t see at tomorrow’s Apple event as what we will see. And one product that seems to be off the cards is a new 2022 iPad. 

We might normally expect to see a new iPad announced alongside the iPhone – the current 9th generation 10.2in iPad was revealed alongside the iPhone 13 at the September 2021 Apple event. However, TechCrunch noted that Apple has said iPadOS 16 “will ship after iOS”. 

Since we assume Apple would want new iPads to come with the new operating system, this would seem to suggest we’ll have to wait until at least a little later in the year. Last year, Apple held events in both September and October, so we’re thinking it might do the same this year and announce the new iPad next month. Lost track of where we’re up to with iPads? You can catch up with our list of all the currently available iPads generations.

Apple VR headset render

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

As usual, there are a few more outlandish rumours doing the rounds, perhaps chief of which is that tomorrow we might finally see Apple’s VR headset. This one does seem a little far out – but then again, that is 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 overdue update for the AirPods Pro tomorrow – and recent rumours suggest they’ll come complete with a new charging case that’ll be much easier to find, thanks to new in-built speakers. Right now, users can play a sound from their individual AirPods – but anyone who’s ever lost the charging case will attest, finding that is a whole different ball game.

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

Apple Watch Series 8 render

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As for the Apple Watch Series 8, it sounds like it’ll be letting the Apple Watch Pro enjoy the limelight. With the design rumoured to be identical to the Series 7, we could be in for a more incremental upgrade here – although rumoured new features include blood sugar and temperature monitoring. 

Apple Watch Pro render

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Of course, it isn’t just the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro that we’re expecting to see tomorrow. Just as likely is the next iteration of the Apple Watch. But it isn’t just the Series 8 that’s been heavily rumoured – there’s also an entirely new version said to be dropping too.

The ‘Apple Watch Pro’  is said to be a new ‘rugged’ model with extra features aimed more towards extreme sports fans. And yesterday we may have been given our first peek at the design, complete with flat edges and… a whole new button. For a company that prefers taking things away (home buttons, headphone jacks, chargers,) it would certainly interesting to see Apple launch a more complex version of one of its existing products. 

Apple event bingo card

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Ah, yes. It wouldn’t be an Apple Event without Apple Event Bingo cards doing the rounds. Here’s one of our favourite examples, courtesy of BasicAppleGuy (opens in new tab) (who was behind those hilarious alternative Apple Watch workouts).

We’ve repeatedly heard that Apple could be planning a major U(SB)-turn with the iPhone 14, finally offering USB-C (opens in new tab) to the masses. Allowing for 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 rumoured to be hitting the iPhone 13, and 12, and 11, we’ll take this one with a pinch of salt. 

iPhone 13 render

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So what features are we expecting from the iPhone 14? One of the most persistent rumours we’ve heard is that the iPhone 14 line up (or at least some of it) is in line for an always-on display. This could allow basic information such as the time, date, and notifications to remain on-screen without needing to press the power button. 

What about the camera? Rumour has it the iPhone 14 Pro will feature a whopping 48MP sensor, capable of producing 8K video. If that’s the case, the rest of the models in our best camera phones roundup had better start making an iPhone 14-shaped space. 

And it seems we could finally be in for 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 could have a little longer to wait on that front.

iPhone 12 purple

The purple iPhone 12 (Image credit: Apple)

Almost as exciting as new features is new colours – and every iPhone generation tends to include at least one exclusive shade. Rumour has it this year we’re in for the first purple iPhone since the 12 and 12 mini – but rather than the pleasing pastel hue we were given in 2020, this year’s purple could be a lot more, er, purple. 

iPhone 13

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

iPhone 13 mini compared next to the iPhone 13

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

Almost as interesting as what does appear during an Apple event is what doesn’t. And if various rumours are to be believed, the latter is set to include the iPhone mini. Allegedly plagued by poor sales, Apple is said to be ditching the mini iPhone 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 rumour of the year has involved the design of the iPhone 14 Pro. Specifically the notch – or lack thereof. The controversial design touch is said to be getting replaced by a floating ‘pill + hole’ design which should free up some more screen real state.

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

Apple event invite

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It’s that time of year again! Welcome to Creative Bloq’s Apple Event blog, where we’ll be keeping you up to date with all of the Cupertino company’s shenanigans over the next couple of days. The rumour mill has been churning out rumour after leak after tidbit over the last few months, and we’ve got a pretty comprehensive idea of what to expect tomorrow. Over the next few hours, we’ll be sharing everything we’re expecting to see, from the iPhone 14 to the the Apple Watch Pro.

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