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Apple September event: iPhone 13, Apple Watch Series 7, iPad mini and everything announced

The latest updates from Apple's September product launch event

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Apple's "California streaming" event unveiled the hugely anticipated iPhone 13, Apple Watch 7, iPad mini and more.

We finally got a first look at the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini, along with the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max. The Cupertino giant also unveiled the next Apple Watch Series 7 and Apple iPad 9th Gen and iPad Mini 6, along with a better look at iPadOS 15. Unfortunately, we didn't hear anything about the AirPods 3 or the Apple AR glasses. Hopefully, Apple will leave those for another event coming later this year.

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Check out everything announced as it happened during Apple's September event below.


We still have a while to go until the Apple September 2021 event kicks off, but there's already plenty of buzz around everything that will be announced. Speaking of, head on over to @laptopmag and let us know what you're most excited for.

While we wait for the Apple event to get started, iPhone users should update to the latest iOS 14.8, as it contains significant patches that address two critical security flaws: a CoreGraphics bug and a WebKit vulnerability.

According to Apple's iOS 14.8 release notes, the bug allowed hackers to use maliciously crafted PDFs to execute code that could wreak havoc on one's device. The software update should be available to all iPhone users. Better get updating.  

If you head to the Apple Store, you'll find that it's currently undergoing maintenance of sorts ahead of the Apple event. It's a clear indication we're about to see some new Apple products populate the page once it returns.

Apple often does this before a big launch to make sure no products leak before they are unveiled. Expect the company's official store to go back to normal once the event is over. Oh, and expect the iPhone 13 to appear, too. 

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Interestingly, only 10% of iPhone users plan to upgrade to the upcoming iPhone 13 when it launches, while a further 26% aren't sure if they're willing to make the switch.

This comes from a recent study conducted by, which also claims that iPhone customers are most looking forward to the iPhone 13's rumored satellite communication feature, upgraded cameras and extended battery life. Of the 1,531 US iPhone users surveyed, 27% stated the new satellite connectivity is the most appealing feature, while 22% want new camera and video features the most.

You can check out all the survey's other findings here before the Apple event kicks off. 

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Fancy nabbing a pink iPhone 13 mini? Earlier this week, a bunch of iPhone 13 color options may have leaked, with rumors suggesting a Rose Pink color to replace the green option on the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini.

As for the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, we may see Black and Bronze finishes that would replace the Graphite and Pacific Blue. Although, still expect to see  Silver and Gold sticking around.

Regardless, we're only a few hours away from knowing if the iPhone will look pretty in pink. 

Artists 3D render of a pink iPhone

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Try out the #AppleEvent hashflag over on Twitter and you'll find it shows off a neat Apple animation when you Like a tweet. We gave it a go below. 

Wait a second, is the Apple event taking place in a California desert? If Apple CEO Tim Cook's latest tweet is anything to go by, prepare for an interesting livestream.

We'll have some expert views and reactions for all things iPhone 13 and beyond in our special livestream. We'll talk you through all the biggest product launches during the event. Check it out!

Rumour has it Apple is working on its own Apple AR glasses, as the September event page uses the company's AR logo for the upcoming event.

If you go to the Apple event page on your iPhone, you can touch the logo and open the AR version of the event page. When Apple held its WWDC 2021 event, it used avatars to hint at what was to come in iOS 15 and iPadOS. So, could Apple be hinting at a huge AR launch? Apple does have a knack for revealing the unexpected, but only time will tell.

Over an hour to go...

For those keen on a new iPad being revealed, we may see the standard iPad getting an upgrade. The iPad 9th generation may make the jump from an A12 Bionic to an A14 Bionic, while we may also be getting an updated 10.5-inch display up from 10.2-inches. 

iPad Air 5 and iPad Mini 6 are both rumored to be making an appearance soon, but it's unclear exactly when. The iPad Mini 6 is perhaps the most likely of the devices on this secondary list to make an appearance, with Bloomberg's Mark Gurman indicating it was coming this fall. With that said, Apple could just as easily hold another event in October or release the oft-neglected iPad mini with a press release. The most recent rumors on the iPad Air 5 suggest it won't be coming until 2022.

Check out everything else we expect from Apple's big event.

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If you're still looking for a place to watch the September Apple event, look no further. 

The results are in.

Turns out 50% of people are most interested in the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max announcement. And for good reason, too. The Pro models, in particular, should be much more compelling this year. iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max are expected to feature 120Hz adaptive refresh rate displays, similar to what Samsung has offered for the last couple of years on its flagships. 

Only 45 minutes until we find out for sure. 

The Apple event is inching closer, which means we may finally see the iPhone 13, Apple Watch Series 7, AirPods 3, and (hopefully) everything else we've seen in reported leaks over the past few weeks.

Hold up, what about those MacBook models or the next AirPods Pro? We know Apple is working on many other devices that could appear at this event, but these all fall into the doubtful category. 

The 14-inch MacBook Pro and 16-inch MacBook Pro with Apple Silicon processors, whether M2 or M1X, are both due before the end of the year but should get their own event in October or November as usual.

The AirPods Pro 2 are only slightly less overdue than the AirPods 3, but recent rumors have pointed to a 2022 release date for Apple's more premium true wireless earbuds.

Whatever the case, under 20 minutes to go...

AirPods 2 vs. AirPods Pro

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And the 10-minute countdown begins. The Apple event is expected to last around 60 to 90 minutes, but the company could throw in a surprise announcement. Apple's WWDC 2021 event lasted around two hours, so get the popcorn out.

Oh, and don't worry about that refresh button, this live blog will do it all for you. 

It's about to all kick off! Here's a last-minute poll for all the exciting features we may hear about. Cast your votes!

Hello there, musical intro. We're being treated with a music video all about California, and we're being shown some brilliant shots of iconic landmarks. Let us guess, is this all shot on the new iPhone 13?

Now, hello there Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Interesting, we're getting started with Apple TV+. We may hear more about the upcoming exclusive Apple TV shows will coming for the rest of the year. We're now getting a look at the show premiering this fall.

This includes everything from the second season of The Morning Show, sci-fi show Foundation, The Problem with Jon Stewart, Invasion, Swagger, Finch with Tom Hanks, and The Shrink Next Door with Paul Rudd and Will Ferrell. 

The next product announcement is all about the iPad! Starting off with iPadOS.

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The new iPad has just been announced, which will be the 9th generation iPad offering all the latest updates. We'll be getting the A13 Bionic, which can also be found in the latest iPhone SE (2020).

Apparently, it boasts processing speeds faster than a Chromebook and an Android tablet. As we can see in the models presented, the new iPad will keep the Home button.

Expect a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera. The new iPad will also boast the new iPad Pro's centre stage feature. This can automatically detect people in landscape and portrait mode. It can be fully used in FaceTime and other third-party apps such as Zoom or TikTok.

The new iPad will ship with iPadOS 15. Better yet, it will be compatible with other Apple accessories, including the Apple Pencil, along with Logitech's iPad keyboard.

The iPad starts at $329, and for schools, it starts at $299. It will be available next week, and you can pre-order it today.  

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We're not done with iPad, as Tim Cook is now talking about the iPad mini. Here comes the iPad mini. It will be "the biggest upgrade, ever."

Expect narrower borders, along with a whole new array of colors for the new iPad mini. It even boasts an 8.3-inch display. Not too shabby, Apple.

Oh, you can also expect the Touch ID on the side button, much like the most recent iPad Air. 

The iPad mini has a USB-C port, losing the Lightning port. This was a hugely favorable feature with the iPad Air, so we're happy to see it now come to the latest iPad mini. What's more, the iPad mini will sport 5G connectivity. Happy days!

The iPad mini will also feature the fancy centre stage feature, along with a standard iPad.

There's a new set of covers in different finishes and will support the second-generation Apple Pencil. What's more, it has a magnetic connection to hold the Apple Pencil in place. 

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That's right. 8.3-inch display and Touch ID. We're looking forward to how powerful this new iPad mini is.

It starts at $499, available in both cellular and Wi-Fi connections. 

All iPad models will be made of recyclable aluminium enclosure, too. Apple is all about the environment these days. 

Hello, Apple Watch. What kind of features will you bring us.

Jeff Williams is giving us a first look at the new features in watchOS 8. The first is all about cycling. It even works better on e-bikes. Plus, there's fall detection to, well, kind of look forward to.

The next generation of Apple Watch has been announced. The Apple Watch Series 7 has finally been revealed. 

The Series 7 display will be bigger than ever before, and the case and display has softer, more rounded corners. Plus, its 70% brighter.

The Apple Watch Series 7 has redesigned buttons that allow more display size. There's now a keyboard available for users to type on. You can also expect new screen faces. The Series 7 boasts a crack resistance, plus IPX6 resistance and water resistance.

It boasts the same battery as the Series 6, but can charge much faster than its predecessor. 8-minutes of charging can last 8-hours when sleeping.

The series 7 will be available in 5 new aluminum colors, along with the usual formats. Oh, and expect new Apple Watch band colors to go along with the watch, too.

The Series 3 remains along with the SE. The Series 7 will be priced from $399, replacing the Series 6. It will be available later this fall too.

Oh, what's this? The Apple Watch can also detect swing speeds in golf and tennis. We're intrigued by the Apple Watch Series 7, indeed. 

Here's a look at the Apple Watch Series 7.

We just got a look at what's coming to Apple Fitness+ including the addition of Pilate classes. 

Apple Watch Series 7

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Oh, and check out the prices for each of the available Apple Watch models.

Apple Watch Series 7 is here: Why we're excited

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Here it is, Tim Cook is talking about the iPhone. We think the iPhone 13 announcement is imminent. Here we go. 

The next-generation of iPhone has been announced. Like we've seen in all the leaks and rumors, we're seeing the same camera bump.

The iPhone 13 has been announced! 

Kaiann Drance is taking us through the design of the iPhone 13 first. And we're getting the pink iPhone 13, too! Pretty in pink.

The iPhone 13 will boast the diagonal camera design. We'll be getting a the iPhone and iPhone 13 mini, which both boast some upgraded Super Retina XDR display tech.

As for the chip that will power both the iPhone models, expect the A15 Bionic. This will pack some serious power. 

The A15 boasts the "fastest CPU in any smartphone," with a 4-core GPU and a 6-core CPU. Expect a 16-core Neural Engine, too. As stated, expect everything to be 50% faster compared to other smartphones on the market.

We're getting a look at the different features the A15 will boasts, from maps to a new video encoder. 

The iPhone 13 camera is up next, boasting a "most advanced dual-camera system. We're intrigued. Expect a 12MP camera, and a 1.5 aperture. This will be fitted in both the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini. This is the camera upgrade we've been hoping for in the new iPhone. Plus, we'll be getting a better ultra-wide camera.

Switching to video, the iPhone 13 will boast the new "Cinematic mode." It aims to bring more film-quality videos, like the very short "Whodunnit" flick we're seeing. It seems to be about a sandwich. 

Cinematic mode boasts real-time focus changes. For example, it will automatically shift focus when someone in focus start looking at someone else in view, and captures video in Dolby, live. 

5G is the next topic. We've already seen 5G been introduced on the iPhone 12, but the iPhone 13 will work with 5G in "more places." Apple has partnered with more mobile carriers, too. It boasts the "best 5G experience."

Now, the battery life. Thanks to the A15 Bionic, the battery is better. The iPhone 13 mini boasts a 1.5 hour longer battery life compared to the iPhone 12 mini, and an all-day battery life for the iPhone 13. 

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The iPhone 13 is looking mighty impressive, and it starts at $699 for the iPhone 13 mini and $799 for the iPhone 13. Plus, the starting storage will be from 128GB instead of 64GB. That's immediately more bang for your buck compared to the iPhone 12. 

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Tim Cook is now talking about the Pro lineup. This means we'll be getting the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, too. lets see what it boasts. 

The iPhone 13 Pro comes in four finishes, including a new blue variant. It has a newly designed front, including a 20% smaller notch. We're also be getting a matte glass finish. The inside has been completely redesigned for a bigger battery and new Pro camera system. We're excited.

As you might have guessed, the A15 Bionic will be used in the Pro and Pro Max model. However, the Pro series will feature a 5-core GPU, all for camera features and "high-performance gaming."

This year, we'll be getting a new Super Retina XDR display. We'll be getting ProMotion, meaning we'll be getting a 120Hz display! Finally, Apple is catching up to its competition. it goes from a 10Hz adaptive display to up to 120Hz. 

The iPhone 13 Pro camera system is the "biggest camera advancement ever."

We'll be getting a 7mm Telephoto camera, and a new Wide camera with 1.5 aperture and a new Ultra-Wide camera. Expect a 6x optical zoom range, along with "Macro photography." It can magnify object up to 2 centimetres. All of the cameras will boast Apple's Night mode, too. 

We're now getting "Photographic Styles." It boasts real-time editing, along with different contracts, tone, warmth, and more. It works across scenes and object types. It will feature on the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro series.

The Pro series will also feature new camera features, including the video feature we previously saw in the standard iPhone 13. Oscar award-winning cinematographer Kathryn Kathryn Bigelow tested out the iPhone 13 Pro cameras, stating it may "birth a brand-new genre." Interesting. 

Coming later this year, we'll be getting ProRes Video, which can be used to capture and edit in 4K at 30 frames per second.

Now, the iPhone 13 Pro series battery life. Like the standard iPhone 13, expect all-day battery life, with the Pro lasting 1.5 hours longer and the Pro Max lasting 2.5 hours longer than its predecessors. We're all about that extra battery life, Apple. 

The iPhone 13 Pro still start at $999 and the iPhone 13 Pro Max will cost $1,099. Plus, you can also get the Pro series in a 1TB storage option. Now that's exciting stuff for those that love to store plenty of videos and photos.

All the iPhone 13 models will be available on September 24, and you can pre-order them today. 

And that's a wrap, folks. Tim Cook closes off the event with a recap of all the products announced, along with those jazzy tunes. 

Stay tuned for our live show talking about everything announced right here!

So, here's a quick summary of what the Apple event delivered:

We didn't hear anything about the rumored AirPods 3 or Apple AR glasses, but we got plenty of other big product launches to talk about. Not to mention the new A15 Bionic. For all things Apple, we've got you covered.