The iPhone 13 Release, Twitter’s Safety Mode and New York Fashion Week | Bolt Trend Report

September 6, 2021

We hope you had a safe and relaxing Labor Day weekend! This week kicks off with the celebration of Rosh Hashanah, which is the Jewish New Year. We also have our eye on the upcoming iPhone 13 release, the new looks debuting during New York Fashion Week, and Twitter’s moves to alleviate mental stress. Let’s take a look at the latest trends!

Upcoming Holidays & Observances

  • Rosh Hashanah – September 6 - 8
  • Patriot Day – September 11
  • Start of National Hispanic Heritage Month – September 15

 Trends You Should Know

  • The iPhone 13 is coming soon. The world awaits Apple’s newest release, and word is spreading that the release of the iPhone 13, AirPods 3 and Apple Watch 7 could be happening this month! The release event is expected to be held virtually like last year’s, and the tech industry suspects the event will be mid-September, since Apple has announced its latest iPhone during a September event every year since the iPhone 5 that was released in 2012. Rumor has it that the iPhone 13 will offer improved battery life and upgrades to the cameras, including portrait video mode and astrophotography mode. There’s even talk of it having satellite communications capability!  
  • New York Fashion Week returns to the runway. New York Fashion Week begins on September 8 and it’s the first time the event will take place in-person since the start of the pandemic. Many of the fashion houses have decided to forgo their usual exclusive audience of fashion journalists, editors and celebrities to allow online streaming of the shows on the official New York Fashion Week website. This year’s event will look a little different with a renewed focus on independent designers who have a vision and a voice to stand for something, and the Black in Fashion Council’s showroom to promote real change by supporting black designers in the industry.
  • Twitter launches a new safety mode in an effort to alleviate mental stress associated with tweet pile-ons. The social platform is testing a new ‘Safety Mode’ setting to automatically block accounts that engage in tweet pile-ons. This will help limit unwelcome interactions on Twitter by temporarily blocking accounts that use harmful language or send repetitive replies or @mentions. If you happen to get a pile of controversial replies to your tweet, you can soon turn on Safety Mode, and Twitter will shield you from those mentions. Don’t worry, Twitter’s technology is in tune with your existing relationships and will not to auto-block accounts that you follow or frequently interact with.
  • Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, kicked off this week and is celebrated through September 8. Rosh Hashanah starts the Days of Awe, which is a 10-day period of introspection and repentance that culminates in the Yom Kippur holiday. Traditionally, religious Jews spend most of the holiday attending synagogue, and after the religious services, many celebrate with a festive meal which includes popular customs like eating apples and honey. If you’re wondering how to wish someone a happy Rosh Hashanah, “Shanah Tovah” means “good year” in Hebrew.
  • And finally, the U.S. will join together this weekend, on Saturday, September 11, in memory of all the lives lost on 9/11. The 9/11 Memorial & Museum has planned a special 20th anniversary commemoration, inviting family members of 9/11 victims to gather on the Memorial plaza to read aloud the names of those killed in the 9/11 attacks and in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. For all those who were lost, and for the courage of our first responders who worked tirelessly in the hours, days and weeks that followed, we will Never Forget.

Thanks for meeting us here on the Bolt Blog for the latest trends updates. We look forward to catching up next Monday.

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