With just a few hours to go until September’s Time Flies event begins, some of the most trusted tipsters have shared some last minute rumors about what Apple is going to release today. This is what we have learned so far:
Apple Watch SE: Mark Gurman and Evan Blass have both apparently confirmed that the new cheaper Apple Watch will be called the Apple Watch SE, which is in line with the name that was introduced with the iPhone earlier this year. Gurman says the SE will be “similar to the Series 5 in terms of design and internal equipment”
Apple Watch 6: Gurman has tempered expectations for the Apple Watch Series 6, saying that we “will not look for lots of new ones” with the new flagship that is portable other than a new processor and a blood oxygen monitor, as we have expected. However, Apple often has new apps, dials, and features that can be viewed with the latest hardware.
New iPads: A redesigned iPad Air is anything but confirmed to make an appearance at today’s event, but Blass says we should also expect an eighth-generation 10.2-inch iPad with an A12X processor (an upgrade over the seventh-generation A10 processor). ) together with the same design.
A14 processor: Blass also expects the new iPad Air to be powered by the new A14 processor, which will not only be a serious boost over the A12 in the current model, but also the first time Apple introduces a new chip generation in an iPad instead of an iPhone.
Training service: Gurman continues to believe that Apple will launch a new Apple One service pack today along with a new training service, although the details are sparse.
AirTags: Gurman has not gone on record with his prediction of Apple’s new Bluetooth trackers for this event, but he definitely agrees that they will come soon. However, Jon Prosser believes that they will come today, as described in a comprehensive video yesterday, complete with renderings.
Apple TV: Gurman does not expect a new Apple TV today, and there have been very few rumors that the new model with a new remote control will come.
iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7: Apple will reportedly release the latest versions of the operating systems when the new products begin shipping next week.
Adobe Illustrator: Adobe has listed the Illustrator app for iPad in the App Store with a release date of October 21, which may indicate some new Apple Pencil features along with the new iPad Air.
Apple Store: Apple has taken down its online Apple Store before the event.
Twitter Easter Eggs: Apple has been using the #appleevent hashtag for a week, creating a small blue Apple logo, but it’s a surprise today. When you like a hashtag post using the official Twitter app, it will animate as the AR Apple logo in the invitation.
Update 10:15: Added information about Adobe Illustrator on iPad.