On Tuesday, Apple sent out official invites for its upcoming autumn launch event named “Wonderlust”, which will be taking place at the Apple Park in Cupertino, California on September 12.
The event that will mark the launch of the latest generation iPhone – the iPhone 15 and 15 Pro – and several other Apple devices, will be live-streamed on the tech giant’s YouTube channel at 10 a.m PT.
What To Expect At Wonderlust?
The landmark device to be unveiled at Wonderlust will be the iPhone 15, which is expected to see four models released this year: the standard iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus, and the higher-end iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone Pro Max.
In addition, Apple is also expected to release the Apple Watch Series 9, the second generation Apple Watch Utra, standard iPad, and AirPods.
There may also be a segment to showcase the company’s highly anticipated AR/VR headset – the Apple Vision Pro, which was announced at the WWDC event held in June.
Apple is also expected to announce the release dates for its operating systems; iOS 17, iPadOS 17, WatchOS 10, and MacOS Sonoma. There could also be announcements regarding the tech giant’s other services, like Apple Music, iCloud, Apple Fitness, and Apple TV Plus.
Fans and critics are eagerly waiting for the latest iPhones. This year’s version is heavily rumored to feature a USB Type-C port for the first time in iPhone history.
Rumors also suggest that the iPhone will come in two brand-new colors: Dark Blue and Titan Gray. The company is expected to discontinue the Gold and Deep Purple variants that came out with last year’s iPhone 14 lineup.
According to insider leaks reported by tech journalist and Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman, only the pricier iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max models will be powered by the new A16 Bionic chipset, while the company will continue its tradition of using the previous year’s chipset (A15 Bionic) in the standard iPhone 15 and 15 Plus models.
Another exciting rumor is that all models in the iPhone 15 lineup will get thinner bezels and the Dynamic Island, which was introduced in the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max, across the board.
However, there is no news regarding the iPhone SE, the second generation of which came out in March 2022. The upcoming iPhones could also weigh less than last year’s bulkier models.
The Apple Watch Series 9 is not expected to see massive changes other than a new processor and fresh colors. There will be five new colors for the aluminum variant and three color options for the stainless steel versions.
Apple is yet to confirm reports that suggest the latest generation Apple Watches might get glucose monitoring.
Fans can also expect Apple Watch Ultra, which debuted last year, to come out with a catch this time. Earlier reports claimed the watch will be manufactured using 3D printing technology. However, it is not clear whether the company will be releasing the premium variant of its smartwatch this year.
Then there is the iPad. Apple is rumored to release a new version of the standard iPad that is set to look a lot like the current iPad Mini, Air, and Pro variants.
Since the company updated the iPad Air and the M2-powered iPad Pro models just last year, they are not expected to be refreshed for 2023.
iPad Mini, which was updated in 2021, is also expected to get a nod this time around. On the design side of things, the device will look a lot like the current lineup but is guaranteed to get performance upgrades.
Apple Vision Pro
Apple’s Vision Pro AR/VR headset, which is not expected to start arriving in Apple stores or shipping to customers until early 2024, might get a piece of the action at Wonderlust.
The device priced at $3,500 for the base model, is set to be the most premium of all Apple devices.
Apple might use the opportunity to attract attention to the Vision Pro as developers are currently busy working on optimizing apps for the virtual and augmented reality headset.
These are just our assumptions on what to expect from Wonderlust. It is also worth noting that Apple has a knack for dropping in some last-minute surprises, so it’s always better to hold out for more.