Apple California Streaming iPhone 13 Event: What to Expect


Apple’s California Streaming event is official, set for 10 a.m. PT on Tuesday, September 14. The event will kick off (virtually) from Apple Park and you’ll be able to watch the livestream on Apple TV-compatible devices and just about anywhere else via YouTube. This event is certain to see the launch of the iPhone 13 and the Apple Watch Series 7. There’s a good chance we will see AirPods 3 launch, but you may have to wait a little longer if you’re looking for a new iPad.

Here are more details about what you can expect.

The first high-refresh-rate iPhone 13

An iphone 12 with neon lighting backdrop.
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To the surprise of no one, Apple should be launching the iPhone 13 during the September 14 event. The iPhone 12 launched to great success last year, going on to sell over 100 million units at a time when competitors like Samsung were struggling with their equivalent flagships. Apple hopes to repeat that success with the iPhone 13.

As per earlier reports from varying sources, the hardware of the 13 is broadly expected to resemble that of the iPhone 12. While the notch will remain, Apple is slimming it down and beefing up the battery to create a phone that looks better and lasts longer. The A14 Bionic chip will be replaced by a more powerful A15, and the device will launch on iOS 15.

The iPhone 13’s more subtle changes are in its display and camera. Apple is said to be incorporating a 120Hz refresh rate into the OLED display of the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, making them the first high-refresh panels Apple has used. The bigger batteries could also help offset some of the potential battery drain from the smoother displays.

As with the iPhone 12, Apple is expected to launch the phone in four versions — the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max — with pricing remaining the same. For more detail on the many rumors on the iPhone 13, take a look at our full roundup here.

The Apple Watch Series 7

An alleged render of the Apple Watch Series 7.
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The Apple Watch Series 7 should be announced alongside the iPhone 13, replacing the Apple Watch Series 6 as Apple’s top smartwatch for 2021 and into 2022. Rumors are all pointing towards the Watch Series 7 having a major redesign, its first since the Apple Watch Series 4. Expect flat sides, a larger higher resolution screen, smaller bezels, a choice of colors, a new processor, and longer battery life.

Renders created from leaked information give us a clue as to exactly what the redesign will look like, but we won’t know for certain how accurate these images are until the event. What we do know for sure is the new smartwatch will use WatchOS 8 and take advantage of all its new features. For in-depth information on the Apple Watch Series 7 leaks, take a look at our complete roundup here.

New AirPods 3 with a revised design

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Apple is also expected to be launching a new pair of AirPods alongside the new iPhone. The third generation will be redesigned to look a lot like the AirPods Pro, with angled stems, but without the silicone eartips. They are reportedly being designed for those who like the current AirPods Pro but don’t particularly care about the noise-cancellation features of the current models.

The new AirPods were first predicted to launch in the spring, but a revised prediction places their earliest launch in September — just in time to arrive with the new iPhone. We’ve got all the leaks and rumors about the AirPods 3 here.

New iPads still up in the air

Any expectations for new iPad models during the September 14 event may have to be put on hold. Apple may hold a second event in the near future, where it will reveal new tablets and new Mac computers, according to journalist Mark Gurman, who regularly reports Apple rumors. 

If correct, we should look out for a pair of new iPad tablets, including the revival of the iPad Mini with a more modern design that looks more like the iPad Air and Pro models. This design will allow the company to expand the screen to 8.3 inches while leaving the chassis the same size. Apple is also said to be throwing in a more powerful chip. It’s not clear yet whether this would be an A14 for a power boost or an A15 to bolster 5G support.

Apple is also said to be launching a new basic iPad. Not much has been said about it beyond the processor, which would be an A13 Bionic chip in this update. Bloomberg has reported that this iPad will also be thinner and lighter, but it’s not clear what other changes Apple will be making.

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