How to watch the iPhone 13 and Apple Watch 7 launch live

More than half a century ago, the Mamas and the Papas blew up the charts with California Dreamin’, a catchy folk-rock song that would become one of the most popular songs of all time. Apple will likely be channeling some of that hit-making magic for its next iPhone, too, when it holds its California streaming event Sept. 14.

a traffic light with a mountain in the background: Apple is captioning this event "California streaming." Apple

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Apple is captioning this event “California streaming.” Apple

The event, which will be held virtually amid the coronavirus pandemic, is expected to include announcements for a new Apple Watch Series 7 with a revamped design, alongside the iPhone 13 (or potentially called the iPhone 12S). Apple hasn’t discussed its plans for the devices, aside from a mention of four new iPhones in FCC filings Monday.


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The most dramatic change for the new iPhones, aside from better cameras Apple always tends to offer, is said to be the capability to make calls and send texts in emergencies when there’s no cell coverage. Generally, though, they’re expected to still rely on 5G wireless technology for day-to-day connectivity.

The iPhone 13 comes a year after one of Apple’s most successful launches, with the 5G-powered iPhone 12. The device offered the first major revamp of the iPhone’s design since 2017, when Apple introduced its $1,000 iPhone X , with its new face-unlocking design and better screen technology. One survey conducted before the iPhone 12 announcement from Decluttr, a device recycler and reseller, found that a “staggering” 53% of respondents planned to buy the new iPhone, touching off what analysts call a “supercycle” of phone upgrades. 

a rainbow on top of a mountain: We don't know for sure, but Apple's next event could be coming this September.

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We don’t know for sure, but Apple’s next event could be coming this September.

Apple did notch an increase in iPhone sales in the three months following the release of the iPhone 12. In January, the company said iPhone sales during the holidays jumped 17% from the previous year, helping to lead the company to its highest recorded revenue and profit ever.

“It is not far from any of our minds that this result caps off the most challenging year any of us can remember,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a call with investors after posting the company’s financial…