Next week kicks off an annual tech tradition: the launch of the next iPhone.
Apple will host an event from its headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. on Sept. 7, where it is widely expected leaders will unveil the iPhone 14.
Although Apple has not officially confirmed a new iPhone will appear in invites sent to media last weekthe tech giant typically reserves September for launching its signature smartphone.
The event also kicks off a busy time in tech as companies roll out new devices and hardware in preparation for the holiday shopping season.
Here’s everything you need to know about Apple’s tech event next Wednesday.
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When does Apple event start?
The event kicks off at 1 pm ET, or 10 am PT if you’re on the West Coast.
How to follow Apple event live
USA TODAY’s Tech team will provide live updates of the Apple event when it starts at 1 pm But if you want to watch it yourself, Apple will streaming both on its website and through the Apple TV app. It will also stream on Apple’s official YouTube channel.
What can we expect at Apple event?
Unless Apple upends years of tradition, we’re going to see a new iPhone. But Apple has also trotted out other gadgets in its portfolio, too. Last year, Apple unveiled a new Apple Watchan updated version of its budget-friendly iPad, and a new iPad Mini.
As for what we might see added to iPhone 14, rumors suggest Apple could deliver an always-on display and significant upgrades to the phone’s camera system.
When will the iPhone 14 go for sale?
Apple will reveal this next week. But if history offers any clues, last year Apple launched iPhone preorders the Friday after the event, with phones officially going for sale the week after. If Apple follows this pattern, expect preorders to open Sept. 9 with the new iPhones going on sale Sept. 16.
How excited are Apple fans for iPhone 14?
Maybe not so much. Digital marketing firm Time2Play surveyed more than 2,500 iPhone users in the US who own an iPhone X or later. Their results showed only 9.5% of respondents were definitely upgrading. However, 59% said they have no plans to upgrade. For those who aren’t sure, they want to see a better camera, a larger battery, and USB-C charging, the survey found.
What about iOS 16?
Let’s not forget all eligible iPhones will receive an update for the latest version of iOS. Last year, Apple launched iOS 16 the Monday before the iPhone 13 went on sale. If Apple follows that trend this year, iOS 16 would launch on Sept. 12.
What features are on iOS 16?
Arguably the most important iOS 16 feature is the ability to unsend messages or edit them after they’re sent. Once someone has sent a message in the Messages app, they have 15 minutes to edit or unsend it. iPhone owners also can customize their lock screens with new fonts and smaller widgets similar to what’s available on Apple Watch.
Which iPhones support iOS 16?
Every iPhone model from the iPhone 8 and beyond will support iOS 16, as well as the second generation or later models of the iPhone SE.
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