What to Expect at Apple’s iPhone 15 Launch Event

Get ready for Apple’s highly anticipated fall event! The Cupertino giant is gearing up to unveil some exciting products, including the much-talked-about iPhone 15 lineup, fresh Apple Watch models, and other cool hardware gadgets. As always, the rumor mill is working overtime, churning out leaks and speculations about the upcoming devices, and the excitement will only build until the event kicks off. If you’re eager to know what’s in store for Apple’s Wanderlust event on September 12, we’ve got you covered with this guide that compiles all the juicy leaks and rumors. So, let’s dive right into the scoop!

Introducing the iPhone 15 Lineup

Without a doubt, the iPhone 15 announcement is what’s got everyone buzzing for the upcoming launch event. Similar to last year, Apple is set to reveal four different models within the iPhone 15 lineup: the standard iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and the larger iPhone 15 Pro Max.

The iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus will continue the legacy of the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus, while the iPhone 15 Pro steps in for the iPhone 14 Pro models.

There’s an intriguing rumor circulating as well, suggesting that Apple might rename the iPhone 15 Pro Max to the “iPhone 15 Ultra” during this year’s event. However, experts are cautious about this possibility, so it’s best taken with a pinch of skepticism. Also worth noting, the iPhone 14 lineup is likely the last series to feature the Alert Slider (mute switch), as Apple seems poised to swap it for a mappable Action button. With that in mind, let’s delve into what the iPhone 15 series has in store:

iPhone 15 and 15 Plus

One of the standout improvements Apple is making with this year’s iPhones is the switch from the lightning port to a USB-C port for both charging and data transfer. This change is driven by EU legislation, which mandates the adoption of USB-C by 2024. On top of that, various reports, attributed to sources like Bloomberg and industry experts, suggest that even the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus will feature the Dynamic Island, a feature previously exclusive to Pro models.

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In terms of other features, you can expect a 60Hz AMOLED display (which might be a bit disappointing for some), the latest A16 Bionic chipset, and dual rear cameras. And a noteworthy point is that the new iPhone 15 lineup will be the first to come pre-loaded with iOS 17 features right out of the box.

iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max

When it comes to design, Apple tends to keep things relatively consistent with its iPhones. For the Pro models, the focus seems to be on slimmer bezels, which should enhance the overall appearance and improve the experience of consuming content. Additionally, there’s a possibility that Apple will switch from using stainless steel to Titanium alloy for the iPhone 15 Pro models. This change could improve durability and the feel of the device in your hand.

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Moreover, these Pro models are likely to feature a USB-C charging port, the Dynamic Island feature, and a 120Hz ProMotion display, all of which contribute to a high-quality experience.

If you notice a price increase of around $100 for the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max models, don’t be surprised. While this might not turn out to be true, there’s also speculation that the iPhone 15 Pro Max might introduce a periscopic lens to improve optical zoom capabilities.

Apple Watch Series 9

Following its customary practice, Apple is preparing to introduce the upcoming iteration of its Apple Watch, the Apple Watch Series 9, slated to make its debut in 2023. While some may have hoped for a complete design overhaul, it seems that the Series 9 will maintain the same design language as its predecessor, the Apple Watch Series 8.

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However, there’s a silver lining for potential buyers. The Apple Watch Series 9 is expected to boast a new and faster processor. This S9 chip, reportedly based on the A15 Bionic chip found in devices like the iPhone 13 and non-Pro models of the iPhone 14, promises improved efficiency, better performance, and enhanced battery life. And that’s not all, this upgrade will be complemented by the latest features from watchOS 10, which includes support for widgets on the Apple Watch, features for mental well-being, and more.

Apple Watch Ultra 2

In the previous year, Apple made a significant splash with the introduction of the Apple Watch Ultra, which came with a hefty price tag of $799. This watch was specifically aimed at adventurous and sports-oriented users of the Apple Watch. Sporting a larger 49mm body size, the Apple Watch Ultra was built to be rugged and durable, offering various specialized features not found in the standard Apple Watch lineup. Notably, it was also the first Apple Watch to incorporate an Action button, a feature that is now making its way to the iPhone 15.

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Although there isn’t a wealth of rumors circulating about the second generation of the Apple Watch Ultra, a Weibo user by the name of Setsuna Digital has put forward a claim. According to this source, the upcoming Apple Watch Ultra 2 is expected to be lighter than its predecessor. This weight reduction could possibly be attributed to the utilization of 3D printed components, a detail that has been making rounds in the rumor mill.

USB-C AirPods Pro Case

Although the event might not showcase a fresh batch of AirPods, it’s quite likely that Apple will introduce a new USB-C charging case that aligns with the new iPhone 15 series. This development is aimed at the current-generation AirPods and AirPods Pro models.

The idea behind this move is to offer users the convenience of using a single charging cable for multiple devices, enhancing the seamless charging experience. This strategy not only makes sense but also stands to benefit those who intend to purchase AirPods in the coming times

Exciting New Accessories

With the upcoming launch of the new iPhone 15 models and Apple Watch 9 & Ultra models, it’s highly likely that a range of new accessories will accompany these releases. These accessories could include things like protective cases, charging cables, stylish watch bands, and more. Here’s a rundown of the accessories that we anticipate Apple will unveil during the event:

iPhone 15 Color-Coordinated USB-C Cables

As the upcoming iPhone 15 models are expected to feature a USB-C port, there’s a lot of buzz and speculation on platforms like X (formerly Twitter) that Apple might include new braided USB-C cables in the package, replacing the current lightning cables. What’s even more interesting is that these new cables could be color-matched to the iPhone 15 models they’re bundled with. There are also rumors circulating that these new cables might be a bit longer, measuring 1.5 meters instead of the usual 1 meter.

Upcoming iPhone Cases and Apple Watch Bands

In keeping with its usual September launch event tradition, Apple is expected to unveil a range of new iPhone cases and Apple Watch bands, coming in a diverse array of vibrant colors. Notably, reports from sources like X user DuanRai, along with backing from 9to5 Mac and X user ShrimpApplePro, indicate that Apple is planning to move away from leather cases for the iPhone 15 series. Instead, they will introduce a fresh case crafted from sustainable materials. Additionally, an exciting addition to the event will be a new Apple Watch band made from woven fabric.

iPhone 15 Pro Thunderbolt USB-C Cable

Rumors from an individual named Majin Bu on X (formerly known as Twitter) suggest that Apple has been experimenting with a Thunderbolt cable designed for the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max models.

This cable is said to be compatible with the USB4 Gen 2 standard, offering impressive speeds of up to 40 Gbps. The cable’s length is rumored to be around 0.7 meters, which is shorter compared to the existing Thunderbolt 4 Pro cable that’s 1.8 meters long.

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