Apple Far Out Live Event — Preparing for the (Likely) Launch of iPhone 14 and Watch 8


Where previously phones had the same chips on launch day, things will be different this year, it seems. (Image credit: Apple)

While we’re in action, let’s talk about a leak that has surfaced in the last few hours – but you’ll need a little background first:

One of the main differences when it comes to the iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Pro will be the internal mechanism – rumor has it that Apple, for the first time, will not put the newly developed chip in every new phone.

That’s right, the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus won’t get the new A16 chipset, but they will get last year’s A15.

Does it matter in real terms? Probably not, but people like to feel like they’re getting the news when it comes to buying the latest iPhone.

Well the rumor of Wall Street Journal (opens in new tab) suggests that the iPhone 14 will have an ‘enhanced’ A15 chip… the A16 Pro, Ultra or X.

Either way, it looks like Apple will release the iPhone 14 with a lower-powered engine, but with improved graphics powers over last year’s model.

A golden CAD rendering of the Apple Watch Pro, slightly tilted

(Image credit: 91 Cell Phones)

Shall we move on to the Apple Watch Pro, the device I’m personally most interested in seeing? Set to come in either 47mm or 49mm sizes (which would make it quite large on the wrist, but allow for a 1.99-inch screen) you can see in the renderings of 91 Mobiles (opens in new tab) (and there’s more via the link which also has an extra ledge on the side.

AND, for the eagle eyes of you who clicked, there is another button on the other side as well. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves as these renders are based on ‘industry sources’ so it could be nothing more than whispers.

But the larger device with the easier-to-press buttons fits with the running watches I’m constantly testing – you can’t flush flush keys when you’re trying to stop the watch the second you think you might have a 5K PB.

two iPhone 14 Pro models showing how the new pill form would work with software

(Image credit: MacRumors/Anonymous)

Let’s start with one of my favorite leaks: the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max, and the fact that they won’t come with the notch, but rather two cutouts, one in the shape of a pill and one in the shape of a hole for the camera.

I was a little dismayed by the asymmetry of this when I first saw the renders, but recent ‘developer insider info’ from the MacRumors forums pointed us to this image above from Anonymous AS, which claims the software will bridge the two holes and the space used will be able to show notification lights to let you know when the microphone is in use, for example.

two iPhone 14 Pro models with original battery percentage

(Image credit: MacRumors / Anonymous AS)

The same leaker also suggested that this smaller clipping would see a return of the ‘original’ battery percentage… we can only dream, huh? Instead of just guessing how much is left based on a small image.

It’s worth noting that these renders are very much based on a description, but they’re some of the best we’ve seen.

iphone in hand

This was taken by my fair hand at the launch of the iPhone 7, approximately 1,000 years ago (Image credit: Future)

Well, we can start early with this live blog, but there’s a feeling this is going to be one of Apple’s biggest releases – both in terms of fanfare and the amount of stuff we’ll see.

I’ll be with you all the time – we’re live blogging the top rumors that surfaced this week, so if you bookmark this page you’ll get all sorts of insight, analysis, and the latest leaks as the event draws closer.

We’ll start with some first-rate information about each of the new products that are expected, build with all the latest leaks as they occur (and, we know, they will…although we doubt Apple will accidentally tweet the phone like it did with the iPhone 7) and of course… let me know when Tim Cook wakes up.

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