Apple confirmed on Tuesday that it will hold its next event, called “Wonderlust,” on September 12. The company’s rumored iPhone 15 series smartphones are expected to debut at the event. Apple is expected to bring noteworthy hardware upgrades to the iPhone lineup this year, such as a periscope camera on the Pro line and a new programmable “action” button. According to recent reports, the Cupertino company may also launch the Apple Watch Series 9 and the second-generation Apple Watch Ultra, as well as a second-generation version of the AirPods Pro with a USB Type-C port.
From Apple’s next announcement to products expected to debut in the coming weeks, here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming “Wonderlust” event on September 12.
Apple ‘Wonderlust’ event and expected software update
The next Apple event, titled “Wonderlust,” will take place on September 12 at 10AM PT (10:30PM IST). Earlier this month, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman predicted the same launch date for the company’s next smartphone lineup, which is expected to include the iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max. As with previous Apple events, you should be able to live-stream the “Wonderlust” event via the company website, the Apple TV+ app, and YouTube.
We already know that Apple will update its smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, Mac computers, and Apple TV models with new operating system versions thanks to developers and public betas rolling out to users. The company is expected to release iOS 17, iPadOS 17, watchOS 10, tvOS 17, and macOS Sonoma a few days after the event.
iPhone 15 series
Apple is expected to launch four new smartphones this year as successors to the iPhone 14 series, but the new models will reportedly feature significant hardware upgrades. According to recent reports, each model is expected to feature a USB Type-C port and possibly support Thunderbolt/USB 4 and faster charging speeds of up to 35W. All four models will feature the dynamic island that came with last year’s Pro model. The iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus are said to be upgraded to the A16 Bionic chip, while the Pro models may switch to the 3nm A17 Bionic processor.
Meanwhile, the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max are expected to feature a new action button in place of the mute switch. The button is reportedly programmable, allowing you to launch apps, perform tasks, switch devices and accessibility features, and even launch shortcuts. Meanwhile, the top model is expected to feature a periscope camera that is said to improve optical zoom performance. Both models are expected to sport titanium chassis and new color options.
Apple Watch Ultra (2nd Generation) and Apple Watch Series 9
Unlike the iPhone 15 series, details of Apple’s planned new smartwatch models are still unclear. According to previous reports, the second-generation Apple Watch Ultra and Apple Watch Series 9 may be equipped with a new S9 chip, which is the first major upgrade of the watch processor – performance and battery efficiency – since the Series 6 model was launched in 2020.
If you’re expecting a major hardware upgrade, you’ll probably have to wait until Apple announces these rumored products at its upcoming event. Even if these end up being iterative upgrades, Apple is reportedly working on a major Apple Watch X model for 2024, which could arrive in time for the smartwatch’s 10th anniversary next year.
AirPods Pro (2nd Generation) Update
Last year, Apple launched the AirPods Pro (second generation) alongside the iPhone 14 series of smartphones, as well as the Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch Ultra. The second-generation AirPods Pro models offer longer battery life, better active noise cancellation, and support for tracking cases like AirTags. At its upcoming “Wonderlust” event, Apple is expected to unveil AirPods Pro (2nd generation) with a USB Type-C port.
This isn’t the first time the company has updated an existing accessory — Apple has introduced an updated AirPods Pro (first-gen) model with a MagSafe-compatible charging case. Previous reports claimed that the company’s flagship true wireless stereo (TWS) earphones will support modern charging ports, but did not mention any plans to update other recent models, such as AirPods (third generation) and AirPods Max.
Stay tuned here for more updates as the event date draws closer.