Apple recently announced that its fall event will take place on September 14, 2021 and that means the new iPhone 13, Apple Watch Series 7, and possibly more will be unveiled. The 2021 event will be live-streamed, as it was in last year, viewable on Apple’s website. There is a possibility that there will be more than one event spread out over September, October, and November. If that is the case, then September’s ‘California Streaming’ event might only see two or three products introduced, with more coming later. For the moment, only one event has been announced and while Apple gave very little away beyond the date and time, there have been enough rumors to share a preview of what might be unveiled.
Apple has been cracking down on rumors and leaks recently, preferring to reveal upcoming products in a more dramatic fashion, highlighting the aspects that Apple deems relevant rather than the information dumps and dissection that occurs with rumors. Leaks spoil some of the fun of the surprise, however, the bigger issue might be that pre-release information is made available to competitors, giving them a chance to prepare their response to Apple’s latest products. Despite Apple’s best efforts, some information will always get out due to regulatory requirements, such as FCC filings for wireless products. Considering the Apple supply chain is quite large, some information tends to slip out from third-party sources as well.
One of the most likely candidates to be unveiled during next week’s Apple event is the iPhone 13. The iPhone is such an important and popular product that rumors began to flow even before the iPhone 12 was released. Much of this speculation has remained consistent, such as the iPhone 13 coming with larger image sensors and an A15 made with TSMC’s N5P process. By January of 2021, the iPhone 13 was already suspected to have a smaller notch for Face ID. By mid-year, larger batteries for the iPhone 13 were rumored along with the possibility that the iPhone 13 mini might be the last model made in that size. With supply chain leaks indicating Apple is ordering a very large quantity of iPhone components, it seems like Apple is expecting a huge demand for the latest model. Of course, a new Apple Watch Series 7 is also expected to come in September along with the third generation of AirPods.
Apple’s AirPods 3 could bring a big design change, more in line with the look of the AirPods Pro, with shorter stems and possibly coming with different gel ear tips, allowing for a more comfortable fit. In a recent development, documents filed with the FCC have been spotted that reveal a new MagSafe charger is coming for the iPhone and AirPods. First seen in a Tweet by Dave Zatz, the charger appears largely unchanged but was tested with all four iPhone models as well as AirPods, suggesting the possibility that faster MagSafe charging might be coming to Apple’s charging case as well.
The Apple Watch Series 7 could see a major design change as well, bringing the flat-edges of the iPhone 12, iPad Air 4, and iPad Pro to Apple’s wearable. A bigger battery is predicted since some components have gotten smaller. Whether the new Apple Watch will be available for sale in September isn’t entirely clear. However, it should be getting a bigger screen which will provide more room for watch faces that are packed with more information.
Apple’s next event, possibly the first of three, will take place on September 14, 2021 at 10:00 AM PDT / 1:00 PM EDT. With the global pandemic, product availability isn’t guaranteed and there have been suggestions that the Apple Watch Series 7 could come in scarce quantities and might sell out quickly. In contrast, Apple appears to have ordered enough iPhone components to have a good supply ready for purchase.