Apple September 2021 event

By Samantha Murphy Kelly, Rishi Iyengar, Clare Duffy and Kerry Flynn, CNN

Updated 6:08 PM ET, Tue September 14, 2021
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9:11 a.m. ET, September 14, 2021

Inching closer to a wireless future

From CNN Business' Samantha Kelly

 Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto/Getty Images
Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto/Getty Images

For months, rumors have circulated that Apple (AAPL) is about to drop the Lightning port from its iPhones. The move in that direction started years ago with the removal of the cord and plug from the box and continued on with the introduction of MagSafe, a magnetically attached wireless charger that snaps on and off to the back of an iPhone case.

Axing the port won't likely happen this year -- for starters, Apple's MagSafe partners need to be ready with more wireless chargers -- but the company is said to be working on expanding and improving compatible accessories to get its iPhones more primed for a wireless future.

Apple killed the floppy disc, the headphone jack and the Home button. It may only be a matter of time before it does the same to the port.

9:11 a.m. ET, September 14, 2021

New AirPods and Apple Watch?

From CNN Business' Samantha Kelly

AirPods products displayed at the Apple Park Visitor Center in Cupertino.
AirPods products displayed at the Apple Park Visitor Center in Cupertino. lex Tai/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images

The iPhone may be the focus of Apple’s big event today but the company will likely show off other new products, too. 

The Apple Watch Series 7: Apple may announce a new Apple Watch with a slightly larger screen, slimmer borders, a faster processor and a better battery life. However, it’s unclear if any of the reported production issues of the new Apple Watch will delay when people can actually get their hands on them.

AirPods: Apple’s next-generation AirPods are expected to feature a design more in line with the higher-end AirPods Pro. The earbuds are rumored to come with spatial audio support, touch controls and redesigned charging case that includes a 20% bigger battery so people can get more usage out of one charge.

Other possible products: An iPad, iPad mini, MacBook Pro and new Apple TV+ content.

10:12 a.m. ET, September 14, 2021

New iPhones are coming

From CNN Business' Samantha Kelly

Various iPhone models sit on display at the official opening of the new Apple Store Via Del Corso, in Rome, Italy on May 27.
Various iPhone models sit on display at the official opening of the new Apple Store Via Del Corso, in Rome, Italy on May 27. Antonio Masiello/Getty Images

Apple (AAPL) is expected to unveil four new iPhones today during a virtual media event held from California: the iPhone 13 mini, the iPhone 13, the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.

The devices likely won't have any groundbreaking design changes or features -- or at least compared to last year’s 5G announcement. But there's a long list of potential feature changes under the hood that could be coming.

Here’s what to expect:

Changes to the display: Apple could finally do away with the "notch" at the top of its display, which holds its TrueDepth camera, speakers, microphone and other sensors, to give a less obstructed view of the touchscreen. It could also get an always-on display and an under-display Touch ID.

Updated camera system: The iPhone 13 and more budget-friendly iPhone 13 mini are rumored to have two rear-camera lenses placed diagonally for the first time, potentially to make room for a larger sensor. Meanwhile, the three rear-camera lenses on iPhone 13 Pro models could come in different sizes and sit inside a thicker bump, reportedly for advancements with stabilization. 

Advanced camera features: Apple could offer Portrait mode for videos and astrophotography support to take pictures of the night sky

A massive storage option: In a recent investor note, Wedbush analyst Dan Ives said the iPhone 13 may come with a 1 terabyte storage option, double the Pro's maximum current storage capacity of 512 GB.

Other bells and whistles: Satellite technology support for sending messages in emergency situations, a faster refresh rate for better gaming, an improved 5G chip and a bigger battery that promises to last all day