If there is one thing we can trust, it is that Apple will release new iPhones at an event in September. But if you expect to see the iPhone 12 during Apple’s “Time Flies” event on September 15, you may be disappointed.
New iPhones are still coming this fall, but they will probably not arrive until October due to production problems caused by the pandemic. According to Bloombberg’s Mark Gurman, the annual iPhone event will take place in October this year since the phones are not ready to be sent yet. So if new iPhones do not come to the annual iPhone event, what will Apple announce next week?
Apple Watch Series 6
If I were a gambler, I would put everything on the Apple Watch. Even without the slogan “Time Flies”
Why it may come now: The Apple Watch is large enough to control its own event, and without the iPhone being able to dock things, it’s basically a shoo-in. Plus, you know the “Time Flies” are pretty obvious.
Apple Watch ‘Lite’
A recent rumor reported by Bloomberg says that Apple plans to launch a new Apple Watch to replace the current $ 199 Series 3 model. It is unclear what the new model will look like, but it will probably have the older 38 mm and 42 mm design, but possibly with an updated screen and processor. The report says the new watch will “compete with affordable exercise equipment”, such as the upcoming $ 230 Fitbit Versa 3.
Why it may come now: If there is a new Apple Watch flagship, this rumored cheaper model will logically debut. Without series 4 sliding down the lower end and series 3 looking a bit long in the tooth, a new cheap model makes a lot of sense.
Apple’s iPad Air has not been updated since March 2019, but recent rumors suggest that a major change is on the way. Bloomberg reports that the new iPad Air will follow the design that was introduced with the iPad Pro back in 2018, with thin frames, no home button and USB-C. It will also introduce Apple’s first fingerprint sensor built into the power button, and reserve the Face ID for the Pro models.
Why it may come now: The iPad does not usually come with the Apple Watch, but this year it is different. With the Mac event dedicated to the Apple Silicon Transition, an iPad Air launch with the Apple Watch and other consumer products seems very likely.
We’re heard rumors that Apple’s been working on a pair of studio headphones for a while, and they may finally debut at Apple’s September event. In addition to noise-canceling support, Hey Siri support, and the ability to detect when one of the cups is not on your ear, AirPods Studio is also rumored to have “a retro look with dangling oval earplugs and a headband attached to thin metal arms. According to Bloomberg, the pads and ear cups will be magnetic so you can replace them.
Why it may come now: AirPods Studio is not just an iPhone accessory: Apple Watch and iPad owners can use them too. So they would not seem out of place at a non-iPhone launch.
Another enduring rumor is about an Apple-branded Bluetooth tracker, much like the square Tiles trackers. They will reportedly work in the same way, helping us find lost items using proximity data from nearby Apple devices to take place, as well as the U1 ultra-broadband chip in newer iPhones.
Why it may come now: Apple Tags will be an accessory for non-Apple products, so they can be launched at any time. But they would be very sensible if the Apple Watch or iPad Air have U1 chips.
HomePod is widely considered Apple’s biggest flop in recent years, but rumors say that Apple is not about to give it up. A new smaller HomePod is reportedly on the way with fewer speakers and a lower price tag.
Why it may come now: HomePod has not been updated since its launch in 2017, and it is quite clear that people are more interested in affordable smart speakers than high-fidelity speakers. A launch with AirPods Studio would not feel out of place at all.
iOS 14 and iPad OS 14
The only thing COVID-19 has not delayed is Apple’s work on iOS, with beta that releases on time and development continues as it should. Apple only promised a release this fall, which usually means it will fall a few days before the new iPhones are sold, but with delays pushing it to the end of October, Apple may decide to separate iOS from the iPhone this year.
Why it may come now: Since the new Apple Watch almost runs watchOS 7, it is likely that the new iPad Air will also be equipped with the latest operating system. While that doesn’t necessarily mean we see an iOS 14 launch, it makes sense. Plus Bloomberg reports that “the next updates to the iPhone and iPad software will be released this month.”
Update 9/9: Added information from a Bloomberg News report on an iOS 14 release.