Apple has a knack for designing event invites. In the past, names of these launch events have been used to cleverly hint at what to expect. For instance, the “One More Thing” event came with the M1 chip, and the “Spring Loaded” event brought a spring-themed iPhone color and the colorful M1 iMac lineup.
Building on this, we’re looking at an event that possibly has to do with streaming. There are some amazing expectations built by the iPhone 13 rumors. While the world looks for the iPhone, Apple might be creatively masking another “One More Thing”.
Mark Gurman has also tweeted that there’ll be a separate event for the iPad and the MacBook Pro. This one would be all about the iPhone 13 and Apple Watch Series 7. Nobody knows what all is expected of the California Streaming Apple Event on Tuesday, but here’s our rumor roundup and speculation about the latest Apple event.
iPhone 13 Rumor Roundup
The internet has gone neck-deep with iPhone 13 rumors and expectations. By now, it is a no-brainer that a new iPhone is just around the corner. This year, Apple could give the iPhone a smaller notch, a 120Hz display, and ProRez cameras. It is also expected to enable emergency phone calls without a mobile signal.
Under the hood, the iPhone 13 is to pack the upcoming Apple A15 Bionic chip (if it carries the Bionic suffix). According to early leaks, the GPU core count will remain the same. The chip will have a 6-core GPU just like the previous generation. It is reported that a big difference will be in the way Apple balances power cores and power-efficient cores. This is so because it is the first time an iPhone is expected to pack a variable refresh rate display, and ProRes cameras.
There are other leaks about the iPhone 13 that we’ve covered before. However, the above-mentioned ones are the biggest expectations. Another one of the latest rumors about the iPhone 13 might be related to the “streaming” in “California Streaming.” An AppleInsider report says that the upcoming iPhone will have a 1TB storage option. Coming from Ming-Chi Kuo, this seems like credible news.
The report adds that this year’s iPhone lineup will start from 128GB, which means no more 64GB variants. However, the 1TB model is told to be reserved for the “top-end”. So the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max could get 1TB storage adding to the “Pro” tag.
Aside from these changes, it is expected to have a similar design to the iPhone 12 lineup. The lightning port is also likely to remain this time, and there seems to be no possibility of a power-button or under-display fingerprint sensor.
Apple Watch 7 And iPad Leaks
Kuo’s note also says there may be a delay in the Apple Watch Series 7 shipments. But the smartwatch is expected to have its limelight in the California Streaming event. The watch could get a new chip, colors, watch faces, and an overall facelift from the Watch 6.
Next up, the iPad and iPad Mini are expected to get a design refresh, along with a new chip. This redesign could bring the iPad and the iPad Mini at par with the latest iPad Air and the M1 iPad Pros. Leakers suggest the iPad Mini will have a triple camera array, the same as the iPad Pros. A processor upgrade is also imminent, but we don’t expect the M1 chip to appear on the entry-level iPad.
Alongside the iPhone 13, AirPods 3 have made quite the buzz. We expect a new design with a shorter stem and a new chip on the AirPods 3. The AirPods 3 are likely to ditch the stem. There’s also a bleak possibility of the Cupertino giant replacing the plastic build of the AirPods with some sustainable material.
We’ve also prepared a complete rumor roundup on the AirPods 3 about all the expected changes.
Apple TV And The “Streaming” In “California Streaming”
Till the WWDC 2020, Apple TV had a dedicated app to watch the events. Now it will have a dedicated section to stream the Apple events in the app. Seeing the company is bumping up iPhone storage to 1TB, there’s “streaming” in the event invite, and Apple TV was also a part of the September 2020 event.
TechCrunch also has a theory where macOS on Apple TV becomes a reality. It’d be a great update, but we think it might be unlikely because of the way Apple is distinguishing its products. For instance, the company kept the iPadOS despite borrowing heavily from the Mac. So if you compare the M1 iPad with the M1 Mac, the operating system is a crucial difference. However, some hardware upgrades would be great.
These are some of the major updates we expect from the September 2021 Apple event. You can set a reminder and enjoy an easter egg in the Apple event invite by clicking on the linked article.