Apple event rumors live blog — last-minute iPhone 14, Apple Watch 8 and AirPods Pro 2 leaks

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Based on the rumored specs for the iPhone 14 Pro, it looks like the next-gen iPhone to get — with the only question being whether 6.1 inches is enough, or if you want a larger 6.7-inch display.

However, we don’t reckon you should dismiss the standard iPhone 14 entirely.

As managing editor and phones expert Philip Michaels discusses: “The importance of getting all the valuable things the iPhone 14 promises — great cameras, solid performance, a stellar design — without having to pay more for the privilege can’t be overstated, especially at a time when prices are ballooning all around us.

“The iPhone 14 Pro may be getting some impressive enhancements, but in this environment, the attractive price of the iPhone 14 could wind up being the most compelling feature of all.”

Speaking of options and specs, we’ve pulled together a specs table for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max based on the rumors so far.

With the exception of screen and battery size, the two phones look set to be very similar. That’s the same deal as with the 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max, but in contrast to the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Maxwhich had different camera capabilities.

Check out the specs list below.

iPhone 14 Pro iPhone 14 Pro Max
Screen size 6.1-inches 6.7-inches
Refresh rate 1-120Hz 1-120Hz
CPU Apple A16 Bionic Apple A16 Bionic
RAM 6GB (LPDDR5) 6GB (LPDDR5)
Storage 256GB, 512GB, 1TB 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
Cameras 48MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 12MP telephoto with 3x optical zoom 48MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 12MP telephoto with 3x optical zoom
Battery size 3,200mAh 4,352mAh
Colors Purple, green, silver and graphite Purple, green, silver and graphite

A shot of five iPhone 14 Pro dummy units, in silver, graphite, gold, blue and purple

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But one way Apple could justify a price hike for the iPhone 14 Pro at least, could be a new entry-level storage tier. According to some rumors, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro max will start at 256GB of storage space rather than 128GB.

However, this iPhone 14 Pro storage boost has been shot down in a report from Haitong International analyst Jeff Pu, who claims that Apple will be keeping storage the same as it was with the iPhone 13 Prowhich means sticking with 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB storage options.

iPhone 14 Pro renders

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Camera upgrades are all well and good but one of the worrying rumors doing the rounds is how the iPhone 14 range will be more expensive than the iPhone 13 rangewith the Pro phones set to rise by $100.

But Market intelligence firm TrendForce (opens in new tab) has predicted that the jump in price won’t be overly severe, with prices rising by $50 instead. Supposedly, this will be a means for Apple to be more cautious with pricing when global inflation is on the rise. We’re not sure how much we buy into that, but we’d much rather no price hike at all, especially if the standard iPhone 14 isn’t changing much.

An iPhone 13 Pro in an iPhone 14 Pro case

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Just in! A new iPhone 14 Pro rumor. This time it’s an image of what’s claimed to be an iPhone 14 Pro case over an iPhone 14 Prowith the big take away being the camera lenses of the next-gen iPhone could be noticeably larger than those of the current Pro phones.

What does this mean in practical terms? Well larger lenses can let in more light and that can mean more detail is captured by a phone’s cameras. With the iPhone 14 Pro already tipped to get a 48MP main cameraletting in more light and boosting low-light photography too, could see it top our best camera phone list; although we’d need to put it through some testing before drawing any conclusions.

An alleged case/strap for the Apple Watch 8 Pro

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As for the Apple Watch 8 itself, we’re not expecting to see a host of major changes, but a Pro model has been tipped.

And going by some alleged leaked case photos, it looks like that Apple Watch 8 Pro will be a seriously rugged smartwatch able to withstand the elements and rigorous outdoor activities while still offering access to a suite of watch OS 9 features. That’ll likely be thanks to additional buttons and a titanium construction by default.

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Shifting away from iPhones, we’re expecting to see at least two new Apple Watch models on Wednesday. But there’s also the Apple Watch SE 2 that may make an appearance.

This would be a replacement for the Apple Watch SEApple’s cheapest smartwatch, but it could also spell the end of the Apple Watch 3which looks set to be killed off this week.

A split image with an iPhone 14 Pro concept render and a portless iPhone concept

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If you’re wondering whether you should be prepared to buy the iPhone 14 when it launches, or if you should wait for 12 months and get an iPhone 15then phones writer Richard Priday has chewed over the iPhone 14 vs iPhone 15.

It’s looking like the iPhone 14 Pro will be the phone to get. But if you’re on an iPhone 13 Proyou may want to consider waiting as the 2023 iPhone model could bring in some major changes, such as USB-C connectivity and a periscope camera.

iPhone 14 Pro design vs. iPhone 14 design

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One of the keys iPhone 14 rumors are that the standard models will stick with the current A15 processor, but that Pro models will get a new one A16 Bionic chip.

However, we’ve now heard a new variation on this theme — namely that the A15 chip in the iPhone 14 will be an enhanced version.

This is according to the Wall Street Journal (opens in new tab), citing “people familiar with the plans.” There’s no indication as to how the A15 will be enhanced — but we’d guess that it would offer slightly higher performance than the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Maxwhich offered one extra GPU core compared to the A15 used in the base iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini.

The dual chip approach is one we’ve heard lots about already. For instance, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has also tipped the regular iPhone 14s to stick with A15while the Pro models get an upgrade.

On the one hand, this would be disappointment — Apple almost always puts new chips inside new phones. But on the other, you could argue that the A15 Bionic is so powerful that having it in the iPhone 14 is going to be no bad thing anyway. And if the version of the A15 used is more powerful than that in the iPhone 13, there’s even less reason to worry about it.

iphone 14 pro render

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One of the latest rumors to surface ahead of the Apple event concerns a battery boost for the iPhone 14 Pro range.

That’s according to well-connected Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman, who writes in his Power On newsletter (opens in new tab) that “beyond the notch, I’m told to expect the iPhone 14 Pro models to appear slightly larger overall and include slimmer bezels. They will have bigger batteries too.”

Slimmer bezels are nice, but a battery boost could help the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro max win a spot on our best phone battery life list, replacing the iPhone 13 Pro Max and iPhone 13 Pro respectively.

Good morning and welcome to our Apple event rumors live blog. We’ll be updating this regularly over the next day-and-a-bit leading up to the event itself, which is due to start at 1 pm ET / 10 am PT / 6 pm BST tomorrow (September 7).

There’s certainly no shortage of last-minute leaks and speculation around the various devices tipped to launch tomorrow, so read on for our thoughts on each one.

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