Apple’s iPhone 14 event will take place on September 7. This is what to expect and how to watch

Apple Event Invitation that says Far out

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Ready to upgrade your iPhone? Can you wait a few more days? It would be a good idea for you as Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 14 on Wednesday, September 7 at an in-person event. This is Apple’s first in-person event since the pandemic forced companies to do only virtual events.

The livestream will begin at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET and will be streamed across multiple platforms, including (more on that later).

Apple announced the event in late August through press invites with the tagline “Far out.” Your guess is as good as mine as to what it means, but Apple usually likes to have a little fun with the tagline and give an obscure hint as to what to expect.

Actually, the invitation looks like the Apple logo is made of stars and planets. Maybe an improved night shooting mode is coming to the iPhone 14 line? Or at least for iPhone 14 Pro models. Or could it be that some sort of new zoom feature is coming to the cameras? Before I get into what to expect from next week’s Apple event, here’s how to tune in and watch it live.

When is the Apple Far Out event?

The event will take place on Wednesday, September 7 at 10 a.m. PT. That equates to 1pm ET on the US East Coast, 6pm BST in the UK, 7pm CEST in Central Europe, 1pm CST in Beijing, 2pm JST in Japan and 3pm AEST in Sydney.

Where can I watch the Apple Far Out event?

I’ve included the YouTube live stream placeholder above for your convenience. But in addition to YouTube, Apple will also stream the event on the Apple Events page. Historically, Apple has also streamed the app in the Apple Events Apple TV app.

What can we expect Apple to announce at the Far Out event?

Four iPhone 14 models

Speaking of expectations, what will Apple be announcing during the special event? A new iPhone, of course. Rumor has it that there are four different iPhone 14 models, with the mini iPhone model being replaced by iPhone 14 Max with a 6.7-inch display. So in total, the lineup should end up with an iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Max or Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max.

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman recently speculated that the event’s Far Out title may refer to an iPhone 14 feature that allows the phones to send emergency messages via satellite during natural disasters or in areas with poor cellular reception. It’s a feature rumored to have been in the works for over a year, and the Far Out title makes sense.

Gurman has also confirmed that the iPhone 14 Pro models will have a screen cutout instead of a notch where the Face ID hardware is located at the top of the screen. The recess will be pill-like.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro next to a smaller iPhone

The iPhone 13 Pro got a redesigned notch. Will we see another change with the iPhone 14?

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Three Apple Watch models

Apple also has new Apple Watch models on tap. Three of them, to be exact. According to Bloomberga new Apple Watch 8 with a body temperature sensor and health features for women, an updated Apple Watch SE, and an Apple Watch Pro (a new type of device for the company) are all expected to be announced at the event. The Apple Watch Pro is rumored to have a new, flatter design and possibly new watch bands.

AirPods Pro 2

There are also rumors that it is ready for an announcement of a new model of Apple’s AirPods Pro. There isn’t much concrete information about what’s new in what will basically be the AirPods Pro 2, but I imagine a new design, better battery life, improved ANC and sound quality.