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How to watch Apple’s ‘Far Out’ iPhone 14 event on September 7

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With very few exceptions, Apple’s big annual iPhone launch events land with such regularity that you can almost set your calendar by them — and this year is no exception. The season is upon us when Apple is once again poised to unveil its next-generation iPhone lineup, along with new Apple Watch models and possibly even a much-anticipated sequel to its 2019 AirPods Pro.

While there was some speculation that Apple might have chosen to be a bit whimsical and pick September 14 to herald the launch of the iPhone 14, this earlier date is more in line with Apple’s typical fall event schedule. In fact, last year’s iPhone 13 release, which did land on the 14th, was the latest September date that Apple has ever chosen for an iPhone event.

Invite for Apple's September 7, 2022 event.
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On the other hand, this year’s September 7 date is also the earliest that Apple has ever held a fall iPhone event, matching the announcement of the iPhone 7 in 2016. Except in 2020, where pandemic-related problems forced Apple to push its iPhone launch into October, every iPhone event of the past decade has been held between September 7 and September 14, generally on a Tuesday except where that follows the Labor Day weekend or falls on September 11.

How to watch Apple’s Far Out event

This year’s Apple event, which has the tagline “Far Out,” is being held on September 7, 2022, at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET.

As with nearly all of Apple’s media events, a video version of the event will be shared live on Apple’s website. However, this upcoming event marks the first time Apple is also holding an in-person component where members of the press/media will get to see the new gadgets at a physical gathering.

If you’re going to be watching from home, tuning in via the Apple website is one of the best places to watch. But it’s also not the only place where you can tune in.

The most straightforward approach is Apple’s YouTube channel, where the live event has already been scheduled so that you can bookmark it now for easy access on Wednesday.

Apple Event — September 7

Since it’s YouTube, this will work on any device with a modern web browser or the YouTube app. However, if you want to watch on your Apple TV, iPhone, or iPad, Apple will also broadcast the event in its own TV app. It hasn’t appeared there yet, but if past events are any indicator, expect to see it prominently featured alongside your favorite Apple TV+ shows on Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday morning.

Following the event, you’ll be able to access a replay on Apple’s YouTube channel, the Apple Events page, or by searching out the event in Apple’s TV app or the Apple Events Podcast.

What to expect at Apple’s September event

While nothing is ever certain until Apple’s executives take the stage to show it off, there have been enough rumors and leaks circulating to give us the big picture of what’s coming next week.

Expect Apple to release four new iPhone 14 models. Three of these will be direct successors to the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max, likely adopting the same naming standards: a 6.1-inch iPhone 14, a 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro, and a 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max.

However, this year we expect Apple to change things up a bit, scrapping the 5.4-inch iPhone 13 mini, a size that sadly turned out to be less popular than many hoped, in favor of a 6.7-inch base model to match up with the iPhone 14 Pro Max. Most folks have been speculatively calling this the “iPhone 14 Max,” but recent reports suggest Apple could go with “iPhone 14 Plus” instead, sort of as a nod back to the era of the iPhone 6 through iPhone 8.

Of course, this also brings up the point that nobody can be sure yet what Apple will call these next-generation iPhone models. While the safe money is on “iPhone 14,” that’s by no means guaranteed until Apple takes the stage and officially announces it. Apple has surprised us in the past, such as when the much-rumored “iPhone 8” turned out to be the iPhone X. That’s unlikely to happen this year, but we can’t rule it out entirely.

Alleged frontal look of the iphone 14 Pro

As for the new iPhone lineup, expect the iPhone 14 Pro to be the star of the show, with reports pointing to an always-on display, a 48-megapixel (MP) camera, and a new design that eliminates the notch in favor of a hole-punch front camera design.

The standard iPhone 14 models are likely to be considerably less exciting. The notch is expected to remain, although there’s a possibility they could gain the 120Hz ProMotion display from last year’s iPhone 13 Pro. They’re also rumored to sport what will basically be the same A15 chip as that model, although Apple is likely to give it a new name, much like it does with the Apple Watch each year.

One possibility is that we’ll see an “A16” chip in the iPhone 14 and an “A16 Pro” in the iPhone 14 Pro, with the so-called “A16” chip being a repackaged version of the slightly more powerful five-core GPU A15 used in the iPhone 13 Pro, rather than the four-core version from the iPhone 13.

An iPhone 14 Pro in Gold.
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Despite rumors last year that some significant design changes were coming, the iPhone 14 is unlikely to look much different from its predecessor. Leaked CAD drawings and renders have shown a nearly identical design to the iPhone 13, although Apple will likely offer it in some new colors, as it typically does with each new iPhone release.

We’ll also see the other usual improvements, likely including some general camera upgrades across the entire lineup, likely with at least one or two new computational photography features, and of course, at least a slight boost to battery life and performance across the board.

While Apple’s September events are primarily about the iPhone, we’ll also very likely see the debut of the Apple Watch Series 8. This year, Apple’s annual wearable refresh should also be joined by a new “Series 8 Pro” version designed for more rugged outdoor use. A second-generation version of the Apple Watch SE that first debuted in 2020 is also expected to appear.

Beyond that, Apple may have a few other surprises up its sleeve. These September events revolve around the iPhone and Apple Watch, but Apple often takes the opportunity to announce a potpourri of other products. Some stronger possibilities include the second-generation AirPods Pro and a tenth-generation entry-level iPad.

Apple could also have a couple of wild cards up its sleeve, such as a new HomePod or HomePod mini; with Matter support coming in iOS 16, Apple will almost certainly have something to say about HomeKit and its living room ambitions, but whether that will include any new hardware products is an open question. Maybe we’ll just get some new HomePod mini colors like last year

While there’s a good chance we’ll also see a new M2-powered iPad Pro and possibly even some new Macs this fall, don’t expect those to get any stage time next week. Apple typically unveils these in entirely separate events held in October or November, and it’s even less likely that Apple will want to show off its flagship iPads now that iPadOS 16 has been officially delayed.

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Microsoft Teams is finally fixing this ear-splitting annoyance

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One of the most irritating (and slightly painful) parts of joining a Microsoft Teams call could soon be fixed by a new update.

The video conferencing service is a popular choice for many companies, meaning calls with large numbers of participants joining at the same time, and from the same location (such as a meeting room) are a common occurrence. 

However, often when multiple people join a meeting in the same room, a feedback loop is created, which causes echo, which in most cases quickly escalates to howling – with Microsoft likening the noise to when a musician holds the mic too close to a loudspeaker.

Teams’ howling

Fortunately, a new fix is coming for Microsoft Teams users. In its entry in the official Microsoft 365 roadmap (opens in new tab), the new “Ultrasound Howling Detection” describes how it aims to prevent this noise for users on Windows and Mac across the world.

Microsoft says that the update should mean if multiple users on laptops join from the same location, it will share with the user that another Teams Device is detected in their vicinity and is already joined with audio to the current meeting. 

If a user has already joined with their audio on, Microsoft Teams will automatically mute the mic and speakers of any new the person who then joins the call, hopefully putting an end to the howling and screeching feedback.

Thankfully, the update is already listed as being in development, with an expected general availability date of March 2023, so users shouldn’t have to wait too long to enjoy.

The news follows a number of recent updates largely aimed around improving the audio quality on Microsoft Teams calls using AI and machine learning.

The new updates are the result of using a machine learning model trained on 30,000 hours of speech samples, and include echo cancellation, better adjusting audio in poor acoustic environments, and allowing users to speak and hear at the same time without interruptions.

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Shazam! Fury of the Gods trailer breakdown: 6 thing you might have missed

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Shazam points at someone off camera in Shazam! Fury of the Gods



Shazam! Fury of the Gods lands in theaters on March 17.
(Image credit: Warner Bros.)

The final trailer for Shazam! Fury of the Gods has debuted online – and it looks even more charming, funnier, frenetic, and darker than its predecessor.

Shazam’s sequel flick arrives in theaters worldwide on March 17, so it’s about time we were given another look at the forthcoming DC Extended Universe movie (read our DC movies in order guide to find out where it’ll fit in that timeline). Luckily, Warner Bros. has duly obliged. Check it out below:

Okay, there’s some messy CGI and a slightly corny vibe about Shazam 2. But hey, the first problem can be ironed out before the superhero film takes flight, while the latter is part of what makes this movie series spellbinding (see what we did there?).

But we digress – you’re here because you want to find out what you missed from Shazam! Fury of the Gods‘ new trailer. Below, we’ve pointed out six things you might have overlooked. So, what are you waiting for? Shout “Shazam!” and let’s dive in.

1. Who are the Daughters of Atlas?

Kalypso hands Hespera the wizard's staff in Shazam! Fury of the Gods

New movie, new villains. (Image credit: Warner Bros.)

For a film centered around Shazam, we don’t actually see the titular superhero appear in the official trailer for the first 20 seconds.

Instead, we get another glimpse at Fury of the Gods‘ villains, aka the Daughters of Atlas. The powerful trio comprises the power-hungry Hespera (Helen Millen), dragon-riding Kalypso (Lucy Liu), and Athena (Rachel Zegler), the latter of whom seems particularly torn about how the sisters are going about their business.

So, why are they gunning for Shazam and his superpowered foster siblings? Essentially, when Billy Batson was gifted his abilities by Djimon Hounsou’s wizard in the film film (available now on HBO Max), one of those powers was the Stamina of Atlas. The Daughters of Atlas aren’t too happy about their father’s ability being passed down to a child, so they want to take back what is theirs – and they’ll do it so by any means necessary.

2. Mythological monsters

A dragon prepares to breathe fire at one of Shazam's fellow heroes in Shazam! Fury of the Gods

Shazam isn’t the only person taking flight in Fury of the Gods. (Image credit: Warner Bros.)

Shazam’s first DCEU outing featured some horror-imbued creatures in the form of the Seven Deadly Sins. How, then, do you go about topping (or, at the very least) matching what came before? Throw in a bunch of myth-based monsters, of course.

Kalypso’s imposing dragon is the most notable inclusion. It feature prominently throughout the trailer, and we even get an amusing Game of Thrones reference from Shazam – “Hey, Khaleesi!” – in the movie. Hey, Warner Bros. loves to mention its suite of IPs in as many of its films as possible.

But Kalypso’s wyvern isn’t the only fairy-tale-based beast we see. Minotaurs, griffons, and demonic unicorns are just three of the other monsters who’ll turn up in Fury of the Gods. Basically, don’t expect this to be an easy fight for Shazam and company to save the world.

3. You can’t get the staff these days

Hespera uses the wizard's staff as Kalypso looks on in Shazam! Fury of the Gods

“So I just point it and then what?” (Image credit: Warner Bros.)

Saving earth from a new titanic threat will be even harder when Shazam’s adoptive family are stripped of their powers, too. And it seems that the staff, which was wielded by Hounsou’s wizard in the first movie, is the key to giving and taking those abilities away.

In 2019’s Shazam!, the titular hero gave powers to his foster siblings to help him combat the Seven Deadly Sins and Doctor Sivana. They’ve still got those power in Fury of the Gods, too, but they won’t have them for long, based by what the trailer suggests.

The footage shows Freddy Freeman and Mary Bromfield being drained of their abilities by the Daughters of Atlas at various points. The trio are using the wizard’s staff to rob the teens of their powers, so it’s clearly of major importance to the movie’s main players. 

Later, we see Shazam wielding it – not before he asks the wizard to take his powers back, mind you, when he becomes convinced he can’t defeat the Daughters of Atlas. Anyway, Shazam’s brandishing of the staff suggests he needs it to boost his own abilities if he’s going to defeat the movie’s antagonists and give his siblings their powers back. Expect the staff to play a vital role in Fury of the Gods‘ plot, then.

4. Prison break

Djimon Hounsou's wizard blows som magic dust out of a prison window in Shazam! Fury of the Gods

Time to break out, Mr. Wizard. (Image credit: Warner Bros.)

In order to get the wizard’s staff, it seems the Daughters of Atlas go after Hounsou’s magic wielder to obtain it.

We see Hounsou’s character imprisoned at various points, including a shot of Hespera chastising him for giving the power of the gods to Billy, Freddy, and company. “You ripped it from our father’s core,” she tells him, which implies Hounsou’s wizard might not be as mighty and heroic as we were led to believe.

Anyway, Hounsou’s wizard interacts with Shazam later in the trailer, so he clearly escapes captivity. Whether he does so alone, or he enlists Shazam’s help – does that magic-infused dust, which he sends through his prison cell window, have something to do with it? – is unclear. Regardless, we’ll see Hounsou’s character break out at some stage.

5. Is that you, Doctor Strange?

Shazam flies past some rotating buildings in Shazam! Fury of the Gods

Where have we seen this kind of aesthetic before? (Image credit: Warner Bros.)

Remember when we said Zegler’s Athena doesn’t seem as keen to destroy earth as her sisters? That’s because, at the 1: 14 mark, we see her use her powers with a uncertain look on her face. You wouldn’t look like that if you were convinced you were doing the right thing, would you? 

Based on the fact she’s pushed away by Kalypso (using the staff no less), seconds later, it seems she’ll be swapping sides at some stage.

Interestingly, it seems the wizard’s staff can do more than give or take a person’s powers away. One perceived ability certainly has an air of the Doctor Strange/Marvel-based mystic arts about them. Just look at the Escher-style nature of how the scenery bends and folds in on itself when Athena is pushed back, and when Shazam evades numerous buildings at the 1: 44 mark. We’d be very surprised if DC and Warner Bros. didn’t take a leaf out of the MCU’s book with such an aesthetic.

6. Light the way

Shazam prepares to fight Kalypso and her dragon in Shazam! Fury of the Gods

A yellow bolt out of the blue. (Image credit: Warner Bros.)

Shazam and his fellow superheroes get a costume upgrade in Fury of the Gods. The group’s threads are more streamlined and less plastic-looking this time around, which is pleasing to see.

Fans had been worried, though, that these suits wouldn’t feature one of the first movie’s most underrated (if somewhat tacky) aspects: the glowing lightning bolt on Shazam’s chest. Shazam’s costume in the 2019 movie was manufactured in a way that allowed the bolt to physically light up, avoiding the problem of having to add awkward lighting effects during the post-production phase.

Thankfully, Shazam! Fury of the Gods‘ official trailer confirms that Shazam’s lightning bolt will glow. However, given the sleeker look of the costumes this time around, it appears that the illumination effect has been added in post. Regardless of how it’s been implemented, we’re just glad it’s a feature that’s been retained.

For more DCEU-based coverage, find out where we placed 2019’s Shazam! in our DC movies ranked article. Additionally, read up on the best superhero films of all-time or check out how to watch the Batman movies in order.

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