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California Streaming – Apple announces iPhone 13 event

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Apple has revealed the date of its 2021 iPhone launch event, coyly titled California streaming: Tuesday, September 14.

We’ve suspected this particular date for a while, but now it’s official. Thankfully Apple hasn’t had to delay its annual iPhone launch this time, as it did last year in the midst of pandemic-related supply issues.

That means that if Apple remains true to form, we’ll see pre-orders for iPhone 13 go live on Friday, September 17, with the devices shipping to customers and available in stores a week later on Friday, September 24.

Obviously, the tag-line refers to the fact that Apple will once again be streaming a pre-recorded keynote, filmed at its Cupertino base in California. But could the wording also be a sly reference to some unexpected updates to Apple’s Music and TV+ streaming services?

This invite was sent out to the press

It’s widely expected that Apple will unveil four new iPhones alongside a new version of Apple Watch. We suspect the naming conventions will stick with the existing format, meaning we’ll get iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, and Apple Watch Series 7 – but it’s still possible Apple will skip unlucky number thirteen entirely and give us something new.

According to the rumor mill, the new iPhones will sport bigger cameras, bigger batteries, and bigger storage, without increasing the overall dimensions of the handsets. Of course, until Apple unveils the details officially we we won’t how accurate those claims are, but they seem likely.

Meanwhile, we have our own ideas about what Apple should add to iPhone this year, which you can read about in our iPhone 13 wish-list.

You can stream the event live from Apple’s website at 10am PDT on Tuesday. If you miss it, rest assured we’ll keep you up to date with a recap right here just as soon as the keynote wraps up, and more details on every last reveal in the days following.