What to expect from Apple in September: iPhone 13, iOS 15 release, and more
By Chance Miller
September 1, 2021
When will the Apple September event take place? As of right now, all evidence points to Apple holding its September event on Tuesday, September 14. This event is expected to be completely virtual yet again due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which means Apple will likely give a one-week head’s up and send invites to members of the press on September 7.
As has become the trend with Apple’s virtual events over the last 18 months, we expect the September event to be pre-recorded video with incredible production value. Expect appearances from Apple CEO Tim Cook and other Apple executives. You’ll be able to stream the event through Apple’s website, Apple’s YouTube channel, and through the Apple TV application on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
iPhone 13 What can you expect from the iPhone 13 this year? As of now, rumors suggest that the iPhone 13 will be similar in design to the iPhone 12, but with a smaller notch. The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max are expected to feature notable camera improvements, as well as ProMotion displays with 120Hz refresh rate support.
However, reports in late August threw a wrench in expectations. Nikkei and Bloomberg both reported that the Apple Watch Series 7 is facing production delays due to its new design. This could mean that the Apple Watch Series 7 is not announced in September after all, but a more likely outcome is that the device is announced alongside the iPhone 13 but available at a later date and/or in very limited supplies at first.
iPad mini and entry-level iPad While the iPad Pro was updated earlier this year with the M1 chip and other upgrades, Apple still has two other new iPads in the works for this year. 9to5Mac has reported that Apple is preparing a new iPad mini powered by the same A15 processor as the iPhone 13, as well as a new entry-level iPad with an A13 chip inside. The current 10.2-inch entry-level iPad is powered by the A12 Bionic chip.
Software releases Finally, we also expect Apple to announce the official release dates for its next round of software updates. While iOS 15, watchOS 8, tvOS 15, and macOS Monterey were unveiled at WWDC, they are still only available in beta. During the September event, we expect Apple to offer another look at the new features coming in iOS 15 and watchOS 8 and announce official release dates. macOS Monterey is likely not coming until later this year, in October or November.
Wrap up Apple clearly has a lot in store for the month of September after a quiet July and August. Ranging from new iPhones to the release of iOS 15 and more, there’s a lot on the books that could certainly make for a packed September event.