It’s the biggest day of the year for tech announcements, with Apple’s regular event in September where they unveil new iPhones and everything in between. It’s come and gone before, but here’s how to watch and what you missed.
Unlike last year when the whole event was leaked in advance, this year we don’t know too much. There will be new iPhone models similar to the iPhone X and a new Apple Watch with a bigger face, but a lot of other things are still up in the air.
Update: The event is already over but you can easily watch it if you missed it in the same way mentioned below.
When is the announcement and where can I watch it?
The announcement takes place at 10:00 a.m. PDT / 1:00 p.m. EST, and as usual, it’s taking place at a place none of us will ever be invited to. But luckily, you can watch it in different ways, and they keep adding new ways to watch it over time.
The event is going to last about 2 hours, and you don’t really know until the end if they will announce something big at the end. So you’re stuck watching all of this. Or… you can just wait and read our coverage later.
Live broadcast via web
Just open your browser and head to apple.com or click the link below – in the past you had to use an Apple product, but now they’ve opened it up to any modern browser.
Live streaming via the Apple TV app
If you have an Apple TV, you can install the Apple Events app, which lets you watch everything easily. Note that you will need a newer Apple TV for this app to actually work.
Live stream via Twitter for some reason
Why anyone would want to watch a 2 hour presentation on Twitter is beyond us, but you can do it this year. Note that the time in the tweet is for people in the UK.
Join us on September 12 at 6:00 p.m. to watch the #AppleEvent live on Twitter. Tap ❤️ below and we’ll send you updates on the day of the event. pic.twitter.com/ufxuu3kt9H
– Apple (@Apple) September 10, 2018
What should we expect? New iPhones, of course
Update: we detailed all about the new iPhones at Review Geek.
The main thing you should expect are the new iPhones. The very good Apple site 9to5Mac detailed what’s to come based on new leaks found in Apple’s sitemap files.
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XR
The XS and XS Max will essentially be new versions of the iPhone X OLED to replace the standard iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. The XS Max’s screen will likely be huge at 6.5-inches with an edge-to-edge display, and the normal Le XS will be 5.8-inches. It’s expected to come in white, black, and gold, and it’ll have a 512GB storage option, which will likely cost a parcel silver.
the The iPhone XR seems to be a 6.1-inch iPhone with an LCD screen available in black, white, red, yellow, coral and blue.
Also, a new Apple Watch
Update: You can learn more about the new Apple Watches in our article on Review Geek.
Again, thanks to 9to5Mac, we know there will be new Apple Watches with slightly larger screen sizes – 40mm and 44mm instead of 39mm and 42mm. The newer devices appear to be thinner, with the screen much closer to the edge and potentially rounded corners.
The new watch face seen in the screenshot packs a ton of information into a small screen, which is quite impressive.
Other things that might not happen
Update: Yeah, none of that happened. Maybe in October.
There are a ton of other things that may or may not happen, and we’ll find out in a few hours.
- New MacBooks or MacBook Airs – it’s been rumored for years, but we don’t know if we’ll see any new devices or if they’ll be announced separately in October.
- New Mac Mini or Mac Pro – both devices are so outdated at this point it’s laughable, but it’s still fairly unlikely we’ll see an update.
- AirPower Wireless Charging Pad – this was announced a long time ago, and should have been launched in the spring. It is possible that it will be launched today, but still completely unknown.
- New AirPods with wireless charging – assuming the AirPower Mat launches, they might also announce a wireless charging case, but that’s up in the air as well. Rumors also indicate that the new version could include an always-on “Hey Siri” instead of having to press.
One more thing ? No matter what, we’re going to spend a lot of money.