Apple sent out invitations to its iPhone 12 ‘Hi, Speed’ event on October 13 yesterday. The event will take place less than a month after Apple held its ‘Time Flies’ event announcing the Apple Watch Series 6, Apple Watch SE, new iPads and more. The ‘Hi, Speed’ event will be even more packed with many announcements, including the long-awaited iPhone 1
iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro
It goes without saying that the iPhone 12 series will be the star of Apple’s ‘Hi, Speed’ event next week. The launch of the new iPhones has been delayed by a few weeks this year due to the pandemic, but if leaks are anything to go by, Apple will more than make up for the delay.
Apple is expected to launch four new iPhone 12 models this year, which include a 5.4-inch iPhone 12 mini and a 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max. All four iPhones are expected to have a 5G connection along with an OLED screen. The more expensive Pro models are also expected to have a LiDAR scanner for advanced AR features. There is a lot that the new iPhones will back up, and it will be interesting to see what new features Apple debuts with them.
Read: Confirmed iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro features based on leaks
There have not really been many rumors about a HomePod successor, although there have been reports that Apple is working on a cheaper and smaller HomePod. A Bloomberg report claimed that we could see the HomePod mini launch this year, which was further confirmed by reputed leaker @ L0vetodream. Since Apple has not released the HomePod software version 14 update so far, it seems likely that the company plans to release a smaller HomePod mini on October 13 at its ‘Hi, Speed’ event.
Another Apple product that has been under development for quite some time, but there is no clarity in when it will be launched. The rumored headphones from Apple were to be launched last year, but it did not happen. A Bloomberg report last month claimed that Apple could launch the headphones before the end of the year with the new iPhones. As Apple no longer has third-party speakers and headphones in its stores, the stage is set for the debut of the HomePod mini and AirPods Studio.
AirTags has been under development for a long time, and it is rumored that they would launch together with the iPhone 11 series last year, even though it did not happen. Rumors now suggest that AirTags will launch this year. They were not announced at the Time Flies event last month, which leaves the upcoming ‘Hi, Speed’ event on October 13 as the possible unveiling date.
AirTags are tile-like tracking tags from Apple that you can stick to your item and can track them later with the Find My app in case you ever lose them. Apple is expected to use AR with AirTags, as well as the U1 chip inside the iPhone 11 and probably the iPhone 12 series for precise indoor positioning.
Read: AirTags: Everything we know about Apple tracking devices
Apple Silicon Macs?
Apple announced that it intends to switch to its own Apple Silicon chips inside Macs at WWDC 2020. They also noted at the time that the first such Macs would be out to consumers by the end of this year. With Q4 already here, Apple’s upcoming ‘Hi, Speed’ event will provide a great platform to showcase what Macs with Apple Silicon chips can do. The company can announce the first Apple Silicon-based Mac, boast the performance and power improvements, and then put it up for sale in November.
It would be a strange move for Apple to hold a new event for the launch of Apple Silicon Macs in November, and given how important the product is going to be, I do not think Apple would prefer to announce it via a simple press release. So an unveiling of Apple Silicon-based Macs at the ‘Hi, Speed’ event on October 13 is definitely possible.
What are your expectations from Apple’s upcoming ‘Hi, Speed’ event? Are you looking forward to the announcement of the new iPhones? Or is it AirTags you are more excited about? Send a comment and let us know!