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What to expect at the Apple ‘Wonderlust’ event on September 12


Apple clearly hopes we'll love the iPhone and Apple Watch coming at its September event.
There should be plenty to love at Apple's September 12 event.
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Wonderlust 2023

Apple’s biggest event of the year is only a few days away. On September 12, Tim Cook and Co. will reveal at least six new Apple products and possibly more.

The event is titled “Wonderlust” — Apple clearly hopes the new iPhone 15 series and fresh Apple Watch models will fill us with an uncontrollable desire to buy.

Can’t wait to find out what’s coming? We don’t blame you. Here’s everything that leaks already revealed about the handsets and wearables on Tuesday’s agenda.

Wonderlust: What to expect at Apple’s September event

At the beginning of every autumn, Apple executives show off their acting skills while revealing the latest iOS handsets and watchOS wearables in a product launch showcase that draws attention around the globe. This year will surely be no different.

That’s why it’s very safe to say that the iPhone 15 series is on the docket for the next Apple September event, as is Apple’s Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2.

We also can expect to learn the release dates for iOS 17, iPadOS 17, watchOS 10 and tvOS 17. Apple unveiled these operating systems at WWDC23 in June, so the marquee features are no secret. But the autumn product launch event means the wait for these is almost over.

Apple’s new hardware will be the real stars of the show.

iPhone 15 series at last!

Take an early look at the likely iPhone 15 color options
Take an early look at the likely iPhone 15 color options.
Photo: Sonny Dickson/Cult of Mac

We won’t get the definitive word on the next iOS handsets until the launch event, naturally, but details have been slipping out for months. There’ll be four models in nearly the same sizes as before: iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max.

Perhaps the most significant change coming is that 2023 will mark the end of an era, as the iPhone 15 series supposedly will be the first Apple handsets with USB-C ports. The old Lightning connector will soon be a thing of the past.

Other expected changes include the Dynamic Island expanding to all four of the upcoming devices. Plus, Apple reportedly will add a new U2 ultrawide-band chip to this year’s iPhones. That should make Apple’s Find My network for locating lost devices even more powerful.

All four iPhone 15 models should utilize a 48MP camera sensor, similar to the one in the 2022 iPhone Pro models. That should significantly boost the lower-end iPhone’s photographic capabilities. And speaking of cameras, the Pro Max could come with an even more advanced camera with a periscope lens.

And the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max reportedly will get a much-improved Apple A17 processor that’ll boost the performance and significantly increase battery life. And there’ll be titanium in their chassis, too.

For more details, read our roundup of leaked specs for the entire iPhone 15 series.

Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2, too

The Apple September event isn’t just about new iPhones, though. Another major announcement almost certainly on the docket is Apple Watch Series 9.

Leaks say that potential buyers should look forward to improved performance coming from a faster processor. However, no significant redesign is expected.

Apple Watch Ultra 2 also likely will be unveiled September 12. The updated rugged smartwatch might sport the faster chip, too, plus — for the first time — a new color option.

Don’t miss our roundup of rumors on all the 2023 Apple Watch plans.

And the rest

You can expect a few smaller reveals at the Apple September event, too. Leaks indicate that a USB-C iPhone calls for a USB-C charging case for AirPods Pro 2, and that’ll supposedly be on Tuesday’s agenda.

And Apple might also give the basic $449 iPad a spec bump this autumn.

But don’t get your heart set on new Macs. While there are supposedly multiple macOS models on the way, all with a souped-up M3 processor, these are’t expected until October.

How to watch the Apple September Wonderlust event

Apple product-launch events are now a mix of in-person and online. Some developers, journalists and other VIPs will attend the event in person at Apple Park in Cupertino, California. There, they will watch Apple’s prerecorded presentation, which will showcase all the new hardware arriving in the coming weeks.

Apple will simultaneously stream the undoubtedly slick video — essentially an infomercial on steroids — from the Apple website and in the Apple TV app. (See behind-the-scenes photos from WWDC22 at Apple Park.) The event starts at 10 a.m. Pacific on September 12.

Of course, Cult of Mac will be ready on Tuesday to cover all the details of the iPhone 15, Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2.

The invitation to the Wonderlust special Apple Event, set for 10 a.m. Pacific on September 12, 2023.
Will Apple’s Wonderlust event be wonderful?
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