The next Apple event to announce gadgets is official Approved for Tuesday September 15th and we expect several new devices to be introduced. Here is everything we know and what we suspect about the event.
As with WWDC 2020, the September Apple Event is online only and starts at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. EST / 6 p.m. BST (4 a.m. AEDT on September 16 in Australia). While Apple hasn’t yet confirmed where to watch it, the precedent suggests it be streamed live on Apple’s website and YouTube.
Following rumors of a September 8 event, Apple confirmed the September 15 date with a cute Augmented Reality logo on the invitation via email to the press. It has already led to speculation (blue color in phones? Smooth, higher refresh rate screens?), Along with the event̵
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What we heard from Bloomberg Mark Gurman is that the iPhone 12 may not be revealed until October, suggesting it won’t even appear at the September 15th event.
However, that’s not yet confirmed, so every chance Tim Cook will pronounce the word “iPhone” on stage. “Time Flies” could be the subtle hint that only the Apple Watch 6 and other devices (maybe the iPad Air 4, rumor has it) will be announced. So here is what we expect.
Apple Watch 6
We had heard several rumors that the Apple Watch 6 would be unveiled in early September, but on the day we expected it to be unveiled, Apple announced the Time Flies event instead. Fair enough – and with a name like that, we can assume that the smartwatch will be unveiled on September 15th.
We don’t expect the Apple Watch 6 to be drastically different from its predecessor, but rumors point to some features that might be available for the smartwatch. The most likely is an SpO2 sensor that detects blood oxygen levels, which several other wearables will be equipped with in 2020 like the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3.
Among the more eccentric predictions is a patent suggesting the wearable could have a Touch ID fingerprint scanner in the display. Another rumor suggests that the watch might even be equipped with a temperature sensor.
iPad Air 4
The iPad Air 4 is rumored to hit the market alongside the Apple Watch 6 in September, and we expect it to be unveiled at the Apple event. Of all the devices that could launch, this is what we expect most after Apple’s next smartwatch.
While we don’t expect any drastic improvements to the iPad Air 3, the iPad Air 4 could eliminate the need for the Lightning connector for USB-C and expand from a 10.5-inch screen to an 11-inch display – both steps that do that newest iPad imitate pro.
Other possible features include switching from Touch ID in the home button to Face ID for biometric authentication – and possibly eliminating the home button entirely, although the leaks disagree on whether that will happen.
Rumor has it that the iPad Air 4 could get four stereo speakers and contain the same A14-equivalent chipset as the iPhone 12.
Since Apple usually presents its iPhone range in September of the past few years, we expected the iPhone 12 to be on deck to be announced at the Time Flies Apple event. However, this may not be the case.
Gurman responded to his claim in a Bloomberg report that the phones won’t start until October. The iPhone 12 will have a new design, updated cameras, and 5G support, according to the Bloomberg report.
Rumors and leaks over the past few months have set out what to expect from Apple’s next flagship phones, including a square-edged metal case that we haven’t seen since the iPhone 5S, but which was recently reintroduced in the latest iPad Pro models.
We’re also expecting four different iPhone 12 models – two cheaper, less-featured devices that are similar to the iPhone 11 (available in 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch screen sizes) and two more expensive versions (6-inch and 6-inch screen sizes) ,7 inch). Inch display sizes), which will likely be the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. We’re assuming one or both of the more expensive models will be 5G capable, but not the cheaper pair.
We have been expecting the Apple AirTags for a while, and since they weren’t revealed at WWDC 2020, the September Apple event is the next chance that Apple Tile-like tracker accessories will pick up. It could have been the plan all along when leak suggested that a dedicated AirTags app would be part of iOS 14, which may be released after the show.
We’ve heard some rumors about how the devices will work – much like Tile, you can supposedly track an AirTag (and therefore anything it’s attached to, like keys or a bag) through an iOS app.
However, rumors suggest other tracking features such as: B. AR features that allow users to point their cameras around to find digital speech balloons depicting misplaced AirTags that are within range of your iPhone. But what if it’s out of reach? The rumored “Lost Mode” uses other iPhones as a mesh network to ping the lost AirTag.
iOS 14, watchOS 7 and iPadOS 14
The new phone software – iOS 14 – is expected to be released in September and compatible iPhones (the iPhone 6S and newer) will be able to run. We’ll likely hear an exact release date for the new software on September 15th as well.
Apple confirmed iOS 14, watchOS 7 and iPadOS 14 at its WWDC event earlier this year. If the past few years are still over, all three updates will likely be released before the end of the month, and we may know the exact release dates on Tuesday.
We can be completely wrong in our predictions above, and we can be surprised by something completely different at the event.
So far, it almost looks like we’re going to see a new Apple Watch and iPad at the event, but Apple may plan to reveal something completely different instead.