Apple has confirmed that it will unveil the iPhone 14 and make other announcements at a media event on Wednesday, September 7. As this is the first time in over three years that separate in-person media events are being held, it’s possible that the unusually early public announcement two weeks beforehand is related to that fact.
This week also brought fresh reports about the iPhone 14 series and next MacBook Pro models, as well as word from Apple that iPadOS 16 has been postponed and would not ship alongside iOS 16 next month.
Apple Uses ‘Far Out’ Slogan for September 7 Event Announcement
This week, Apple revealed that its next in-person event will be held on September 7 at Steve Jobs Theater. New iPhone 14 and Apple Watch Series 8 models will likely be the focus of the event, and we should learn when iOS 16 and watchOS 9 will be made available to the public.
Apple is rumored to be releasing a slew of new products by the end of the year, including updated versions of the iPad, iPad Pro, Mac mini, Mac Pro, Apple TV, AirPods Pro, and more therefore, it is possible that at least one or two of these items may be unveiled at the September event.
As usual, Apple’s fall schedule will be jam-packed because of the impending October event.
Apple confirms iPadOS 16 delays and 16.1 release
Apple has stated that the upcoming iPadOS 16 software upgrade will be delivered later than normal, contradicting a story from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman that it would be issued in October.
Apple has announced that the iPad upgrade will be issued as iPadOS 16.1 after the release of iOS 16 for the iPhone, rather than as iPadOS 16.0. Despite any rumors to the contrary, iOS 16 for the iPhone is still anticipated to be launched in September.
Apple expands self-service repair to MacBook Air and Pro
Apple this week expanded its Self Service Repair program to MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models equipped with the M1 series of Chipsets, allowing users in the U.S. access to specific parts, manuals, and tools to make do-it-yourself repairs.
While this is great news for the right-to-repair community, iFixit, a repair website has noted that the program has actually made MacBooks “seem less repairable.”
Alleged iPhone 14 Pro display cutouts and status bar items
With the iPhone 14 Pro display set to receive a redesigned pill-and-hole-punch design rather than a notch, it looks like there may be some adjustments to how iOS manages the front camera system on the next models.
Some leaked images and pictures show that the status bar indicators for cellular signal strength, Wi-Fi connectivity, and battery life will be shifted slightly downward and to the right to accommodate the revised camera layout.
There is hope that this year will see the start of mass production of the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro. New 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models will reach mass production in the fourth quarter of 2022, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Given that TSMC has suggested that it will not start Apple to see revenue from 3nm chip production until 2023, Kuo speculated in a tweet that the next 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models may still use chips based on TSMC’s newest 5nm technology.
iPhone 14 Mini Fans: What to Expect?
There has been speculation that Apple may not release an iPhone 14 mini this year due to poor sales of the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 13 mini, but there are still options for those who want Apple’s smaller 5.4-inch smartphone.
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