Apple Event: Today's iPhone 13 Launch — What to Expect and How to Watch

Aside from the iPhone 13 series, Apple is expected to announce the Apple Watch Series 7.

Apple Event: Today's iPhone 13 Launch — What to Expect and How to Watch
Apple Event: Today's iPhone 13 Launch — What to Expect and How to Watch

Tonight, September 14, Apple will hold its iPhone 13 announcement event. Last week, the media received an invitation to a virtual 'California Streaming' event, and a few leaks offered us a hint of what to anticipate, albeit Apple has managed to cut down on leaks this year. The event begins at 10.30 p.m. IST, and the iPhone 13 series, as well as the Apple Watch Series 7 wearable, are likely to be introduced. Although the third-generation AirPods were also expected, a late leak suggests these might not be announced tonight. The iPhone 13 range is likely to include four models – iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max.

iPhone 13 launch event: How to Watch Livestream

On September 14, at 10 a.m. PDT, or 10:30 p.m. IST, Apple will have their California Streaming event. Viewers who are interested in attending the event can do so by going to Apple's event page. It will also be streamed on Apple's official YouTube page, with consumers able to set a reminder to receive an alert when the streaming begins. The presentation will be available to Apple TV users via the app. The event can be accessed on the Apple Podcast app at any time after it has ended. Alternatively, fans can watch the live feed of the iPhone 13 announcement event below:

Phone 13 series specifications, features (expected)

According to rumours, the iPhone 13 will have smaller notches than last year's models and larger camera sensors to absorb more light. The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max are said to boast improved ultra-wide cameras in the latest series. 

The normal iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini are said to come with 64GB and 128GB of storage. The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, on the other hand, are expected to come in storage capacities of 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB. This year's iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max models may also include a 1TB storage variant, according to rumours.

As for colour options, iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini are tipped to come in Black, Blue, Pink, Purple, (PRODUCT) RED, and White colours. iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max are, on the other hand, expected to come in Black, Brone, Gold, and Silver colours.

The entire iPhone 13 range is expected to see an overall increase in weight and thickness. iPhone 13 Pro Max is reported to see an 18–20 percent larger battery compared to last year's model. The Pro models may offer a 120Hz refresh rate, but it is reported to throttle at 60Hz when in Low Power Mode.

According to rumours, the iPhone 13 will have a portrait cinematic movie function that uses an electronic image stabilisation (EIS) mechanism called "Warp." This will allow users to record video with a blurred background. The camera's optical image stabilisation (OIS) mechanism is touted to convert to a less aggressive and more "smooth" mode of operation. The night mode feature is intended to be enhanced so that it can recognise when there are stars in the scene and modify itself internally. This is accomplished with the help of a new algorithm that analyses structures, resharpens, and adjusts shadows in nighttime images.

The satellite feature is said to be one of the most prominent aspects. It will purportedly allow users to send short emergency SMS and SOS distress signals in remote regions in the event of catastrophes such as plane crashes or sinking ships. This may only work in locations where there is no cellular coverage, as well as in a limited number of markets. The feature is not expected to be available right away on the iPhone 13, but it will most likely be available next year. While the iPhone 13 series will include hardware compatibility, the feature will not be available for a few months. Users will be able to use the iPhone 13 as a satellite phone, but they will not be able to make calls anyplace without cellular coverage. 

While an early rumour stated that the iPhone 13 would be more expensive to compensate for rising chip production costs, a new report refutes these allegations, claiming that the range will not experience a price increase. Face ID technology is also believed to have been improved. It should work with masks and hazy spectacles, according to reports. Apple is also expected to include an Always-On display similar to that found on the Apple Watch, as well as support for Wi-Fi 6E.

Apple Watch Series 7 specifications, features (expected)

In addition to the iPhone 13 series, Apple is expected to unveil Apple Watch Series 7 at its California Streaming event. The new Apple Watch model is expected to match the iPhone and iPad design language, with a flat display that could be slightly larger over last year's Apple Watch Series 6. Apple Watch Series 7 is likely to also see battery life improvement over the original Apple Watch. Gurman recently said that the wearable "this year won't be about health upgrades — rather, the focus will be a new design with flatter edges, that new display and a new chip."

AirPods 3 specifications, features (expected)

Coming to the third-generation AirPods, the earphones could also be unveiled at the Apple event. The tech giant may call it AirPods 3 and they may come with an AirPods Pro-like design. The next-generation AirPods could also include a wireless charging case as standard. The charging case is tipped to have a 20 percent larger battery compared to the second generation. Batteries may likely be the same size as the ones on AirPods Pro. As for sound quality, it may offer noticeably better bass and low ends.