Apple is hosting the first of at least two major product events this Tuesday (September 15). But it won’t seem to focus on the product that you think will hit the market at this point.
Usually, that’s when Apple launches its new iPhones. But 2020 has proven anything but typical. The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted many things, including the release of the iPhone 12. Instead of new phones, we’ll likely see that Apple Watch Series 6 take center stage on September 15th.
The company sent out invitations earlier this week and posted an announcement on its events page promising a live stream from September 1
If you don’t want to miss a moment of Apple’s big moment, you can live stream the Time Flies event on September 15th. We also took a closer look at all of the fall products Apple may be working on as part of its fall product launches.
Apple September 15th Event: As You Can See It
The Time Flies event begins Tuesday, September 15 at 1:00 p.m. EDT / 10:00 a.m. PDT. There is no way to attend in person. Like the keynote at the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference in June, this is a pre-recorded presentation where the company is live streaming.
You can see from the Apple Events website via a web browser. Anyone with an Apple TV can also watch the big screen via the Apple Events app. You can also watch the Apple event on YouTube, where Apple already has a placeholder.
Now that you know how to watch the Apple event on September 15th, here’s what you will likely see.
Apple Watch Series 6
The Apple Watch Series 6 is expected to replace that Apple Watch Series 5 and introduce a variety of new features, including blood oxygen (or SpO2) monitoring. We already know that Apple Watch sleep tracking also happens as it is a core part of the watchOS 7 update.
These new features, particularly sleep tracking, require a performance boost, and Apple could fix that with improved battery life. This could either be done with a more energy efficient chip or by using a more efficient micro LED display on the Apple Watch 6.
Speaking of watchOS, we could see the final release of the watchOS 7 After beta testing this summer for the new smartwatch software. If Apple follows its earlier pattern, the operating system will be released a few days before the new watches are shipped.
In addition to the Apple Watch 6, there is a recent rumor that there could be an Apple Watch SE, a cheaper version of the smartwatch that includes some of the functions of the Apple Watch 5 and 4 models. This model would likely replace the Apple Watch 3.
New iPad Air 4
Apple released a new iPad Pro earlier this year that is attracting the attention of other parts of its tablet range. A likely candidate for an update is the iPad Air, with at least one rumor vendor claiming so iPad Air 4 could debut this fall. Other sources suggest a launch in 2021, so this month’s iPad update could apply to a different model.
Some of the features Apple introduced with the iPad Pro could find their way into this new iPad, such as: B. USB-C connectivity, Magic Keyboard support and a newer A12Z Bionic processor.
As with watchOS, a new version of iPadOS is in the works. It is possible that Apple will announce a launch date for iPadOS 14 time-controlled with the release of new iPads. Of course, since iPadOS is so closely intertwined with it iOS 14Apple’s phone software might be ready to go as well – unless that version is timed when the iPhone 12 appears.
Apple Silicon MacBook
At WWDC, Apple presented plans to manufacture its own laptop chips. The first Apple silicon MacBooks are expected to be released this year. A rumor earlier this week claimed that a 14-inch MacBook Pro with an Apple-built processor would debut on September 15, but the claim seems dubious. Earlier rumors had suggested that a cheaper laptop like the MacBook would be Apple’s first silicon release.
A more likely scenario is that Apple may host a separate product event in October that includes all of Apple Silicon’s announcements.
Given the success of its AirPods wireless earbuds, Apple could also try focusing on headphones. The AirPods Studio Rumor has it that headphones are in the works, and these over-the-ear headphones likely offer active noise cancellation as well as a transparency feature to let in outside noise when you need to hear the world around you.
AirTags have been rumored for more than a year. These are device trackers that you can use, for example, to find keys and other valuable items that are prone to being lost. AirTags are expected to work with the U1 Ultra Wideband sensor used in newer iPhones. (Basically the iPhone 11 and later, including – we would assume – the new iPhone 12 models.)
The Bloomberg report, which claims the September 15 event will primarily focus on the Apple Watch, also said a smaller version of the HomePod speaker will debut there. Apple is also rumored to be working on a revitalized version of the AirPower charging mat that was scrapped more than a year ago.
It’s not just hardware that Apple is working on. Over the summer, it became known that Apple was planning to launch one Apple One bundle that would consolidate its news, music, streaming TV, and gaming services into a single subscription. Code pointing to the Apple One bundle was recently discovered on the Apple Music app for Android, suggesting a launch is imminent. However, this start should be done with the iPhone 12.
What about the iPhone 12?
When is the iPhone time to shine? The new iPhones are not expected to ship until October, so a launch event is expected to happen closer to that date. A JP Morgan report, however, raises the possibility of the iPhone 12 makes a surprising appearance on the Apple Watch.
If the iPhone 12 doesn’t arrive on September 15th, it certainly won’t because there isn’t much to say. Apple is reportedly planning four models that will bring significant changes to the phone range.
The four models include a 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Max and a smaller 5.4-inch iPhone 12 as two affordable options in Apple’s lineup. The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max are also expected to launch with larger screens than their iPhone 11 Pro counterparts.
All four iPhone 12 models should have 5G connectivity. This makes these phones the first Apple phones that can offer faster wireless speeds. 5G phones have yet to really take off, but it is believed that once the iPhone supports the new network standard, it will find wider adoption.
In addition to the different screen sizes, both the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Max could have OLED panels. Previously, Apple used an LCD screen in the iPhone 11 model, which these phones are expected to replace.
Even more substantial changes are planned for the iPhone 12 Pro models. Apple is widely expected to add a LiDAR sensor to the triple camera array on the back of the new phones that supports augmented reality apps. There is also a rumor that the screens on the Pro models could support a faster refresh rate, although not everyone agrees that this feature is likely.
What’s in the air too is when we’ll see the new iPhones. Apple is expected to ship the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Max in October. It is possible that the iPhone 12 Pro models will ship later as Apple uses a staggered start to process production deals caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.