We all had a pretty solid understanding that the iPhone announcement in 2020 would be delayed, but that did not make Apple’s clear lack of iPhone news at the September 2020 event easier to swallow. Still, iPhone users everywhere are thrilled to hear that Apple is announcing its latest iPhone series – presumably the iPhone mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max – October 13. What more can Apple announce at this event? Apple recently registered a new model number for a Mac, so we’re hoping for an Apple Silicon version. AirTags has been around long enough, and we look forward to learning more about when Fitness + is made available. Audiophiles will be happy to hear that it may be an AirPods Studio release, and that a less expensive HomePod may also be on the dock. Let’s take a look at the most likely revelations for the Apple event on October 13th.
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When and how can you watch Apple’s October 13 event
Apple today confirmed that their October event will take place at 10 PDT on October 13. This is going to be another all-digital event, so you need to plan to access it online via your Apple devices or computer. Here is more information on how the event can be streamed.
4 iPhone 12 models to be announced
One thing we know for sure is that an iPhone announcement will involve iPhones. We expect to see 5G capability thanks to Apple’s partnership with Qualcomm and hinted at by the event’s slogan, “Hello, Speed”, and all models have OLED screens. The most notable differences are in the cameras, the sizes and the prices. The smallest new iPhone, iPhone 12 mini, will have a 5.4-inch screen, making it the smallest iPhone since SE. The largest fits perfectly into the phablet category with its 6.7-inch screen. For more information on dual and triple lens cameras, technical specifications, 5G features and other frequently asked questions about the iPhone 12, check out our reputation review for the iPhone 12.
We’ve been waiting for AirTags long enough
Apple’s AirTags product trackers will be the technology giant’s soup-up answer to Tiles. These Bluetooth codes will be useful for those of us who lose our goods often, and from what we have expected from Apple, the small plate-shaped trackers will probably come with pretty cool accessories. According to MacRumors, they will also support ultra-broadband, which means that iPhones with a U1 chip (we look at you, iPhone 11s) will be able to track lost items even more accurately than with just Bluetooth. They have been in development for a while and are rumored to be scheduled for release by the end of 2020, so it seems likely that we will see them soon!
This is a less expensive HomePod
Apple’s original HomePod did not perform as well as expected, and this was largely due to the fact that it was too expensive for what the daily technology consumer would consider a reasonable budget for home speakers. The original HomePod also experienced hiccups with Siri integration and functionality, so we can expect these bugs to be fixed with the rumored second generation HomePod. Bloomberg suggests that a less expensive version of Apple’s HomePod speaker will soon debut – potentially this year, so there is no way to believe we can see it on Tuesday.
Will we finally get AirPods Studio?
These over-the-ear headphones have been around for quite some time. Since Apple recently stopped selling competitors’ headphones and wireless speakers in its online and physical stores, it is safe to say that we can expect the company to do something about them soon. Forbes also reminds us that Apple’s announcement art usually suggests what will be announced, and speculates that the circular motif may indicate updates to the audio product line. What features can we see from AirPods Studio? Consumers can probably rely on noise reduction and a kind of sensor to help them decide whether to use them or let them rest on a surface or around their neck.
Will Apple give us Apple-Silicon Macs?
Although nothing is guaranteed, Apple’s recent registration of new models in the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) database also included a model number for a new Mac, according to entries found by MySmartPrice and confirmed by MacRumors. If new Macs are on the market, they will generally be announced at Apple’s October event after the new iPhone and new Apple Watch releases this fall, so with the delay on iPhones we can very well see a new Mac coming in. in the announcement of 13 October.
We are strengthened for Apple Fitness +
The Apple event in September gave us some surprises, not least was the announcement of Apple’s new subscription-based training platform with full access. With full Apple Watch integration, skilled trainers, fantastic music selection, smart suggestions and a free three-month subscription when buying an Apple Watch, we can expect this affordable program to be a hit. Since Apple’s announcement from September only indicated that the release was later this year, it does not seem likely that we will hear more about the release date for Fitness + in the October 13 digital announcement. To learn more about this upcoming service, check out our Apple Fitness + article.
Apple TV is due for an update
The announcement of Apple’s new Apple One service package, rumors have risen: will a new Apple TV follow the new affordable bundled service? We’ve not seen a new Apple TV hardware release recently, but all of these new Apple TV related services tend to support the idea that Apple will soon be announcing a new Apple TV device.