Here we go again. Apple has officially set a date for an event on September 14th. This is when we will probably see the reveal of the next Apple Watch, along with the iPhone 13 and more.
You will not be surprised to hear that the gathering will be entirely in virtual format. This time last year we hoped that in September 2021 the coronavirus pandemic would be a thing of the past. However, the numbers infected are on the rise again so Apple has made a sensible decision. This is actually the second year in a row that the event will be held entirely in a virtual space.
— Greg Joswiak (@gregjoz) September 7, 2021
What to expect
Despite the rather subdued format, we are expecting this to be a more eventful occurrence than in 2020. To remind, last year the iPhone launch was delayed by about a month. In a couple of weeks time we are expecting Apple to reveal the iPhone 13 models and perhaps the AirPods 3. The new Macs and iPads are likely to be announced at other fall events, later in 2021.
There’s talk we could see the first more significant redesign of the timepiece. The upcoming device will apparently feature flat sides and a larger display than before (1.8 inches vs 1.73 inches). A new lamination technique will reportedly bring the display closer to the front cover of the watch.
The look is something along the lines of the iPhone 12 and iPad Pros. According to one source, the speaker grills will be longer and extend nearly the entire width of the case side.
The model sizes that are expected measure 44mm and 40mm. The exact dimensions of the larger variant come in at 44 x 38 x 9 mm which make it 1.7 mm thinner than the equivalent Series 6 model.
Not much has been revealed about the insides apart from a new faster S7 chip. Unlike in the previous years, there’s also no word on new health sensors.
It would be nice to get something that doesn’t need to be charged pretty much every day – but don’t get your hopes up. Particularly as the watch will likely be thinner than before.
Several news reports have talked about Series 7 manufacturing difficulties. Which means we could get an official announcement on the 14th but you may not be able to get your hands on the device until October. Availability could, very well, to be limited at the start.
How to watch the event
In addition to new hardware, September 14th is when we should hear on the official release dates for the next round of software updates. This has all been in public testing since June and includes iOS15, watchOS 8, tvOS 15 and macOS Monterey.
So put a reminder in your calendar for Tuesday, September 14th at 10:00 a.m (local time). The stream will be happening from the empty auditorium at the Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California.
The stream links have not been put up yet but you’ll be able to watch everything from Apple’s website. Other avenues include the company’s YouTube channel and via the Apple TV Application.
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