Apple’s next fall event starts tomorrow at 13.00 ET, as it is expected that the company will unveil its new iPhone 12 series with smartphones. Rumors have given us a pretty good idea of what we can expect to see with these new phones, and Apple’s official “Hello, Speed” tagline for the event suggests that one of the iPhone 12’s main features may be support for fast 5G mobile speeds.
Rumors have been circulating about a number of potential products in Apple’s pipeline, and there is always a chance that the company can show some of them tomorrow. But we do not know if Apple will make this event as closely focused as the Apple Watch and iPad event last month – which lasted just over an hour – so it is difficult to measure how many products we can expect to see.
Read on to learn more about what Apple can reveal during Tuesday’s event.
The iPhone 12 series can contain four phones, a new design and 5G
Apple’s next iPhone series could bring many major changes to the company’s smartphone line. They are expected to get a whole new design with flat edges, maybe like an iPad Pro, or even the beloved iPhone 4 and iPhone 5. It should also be four new models: a 5.4-inch model (which will be a new size smaller than the 5.8-inch iPhone 11 Pro), a 6.1-inch model, a high-end 6.1-inch model and a high-end 6.7-inch model (which will probably make it the largest iPhone yet).
All iPhones are expected to support faster 5G mobile networks (as long as 5G is available in your area, of course), and in the US they can support both sub-6GHz 5G and the faster (but shorter range) mmWave 5G. Apple’s new iPhones are also expected to have OLED screens this year, but recent rumors suggest that they will not have 120Hz refresh rates.
We also already have leaks indicating the names of the new phones. The 5.4-inch model could be the iPhone 12 mini (which would be the first iPhone with mini moniker), the standard 6.1-inch iPhone could be the iPhone 12, the advanced 6.1-inch version could be the iPhone 12 Pro, and the 6.7-inch model can be called the iPhone 12 Pro Max.
The launch of the iPhone 12 may also mark the return of Apple’s beloved MagSafe charging technology, which you may remember from Apple’s older charging cables, but in a new form. Apple plans to introduce an iPhone case and wireless chargers with built-in magnets, and these chargers can be called MagSafe Charger and MagSafe Charger Duo, according to a reliable leak called Kang.
The “Duo” name seems to suggest the ability to charge two devices simultaneously on a mat. It would not be the dream of three devices promised by the now canceled AirPower, but the potential of magnetic-assisted adjustment can help make chargers less fancy than others on the market.
Apple may also announce the official release date for iOS 14.2, which is set to include new emoji and a way to use Shazam to identify sound played in apps on the iPhone.
If you want to read more about what is expected for the new iPhones (which for the two advanced models may include a LIDAR sensor), you can check out our full iPhone 12 reputation review here.
Apple can release a smaller HomePod and new AirPods headphones over the ear
Apple may reveal a smaller HomePod, which has apparently been in the works for some time. The device may have fewer speakers than the full-size $ 299 HomePod, according to Bloomberg, and it can be half the size of the currently available HomePod with a design similar to the original Bloomberg report.
On Friday, Kang shared some extra details about what we can expect to see from this rumored new HomePod. It can be called the HomePod mini, have a built-in S5 processor (which first debuted in the Apple Watch Series 5), cost $ 99, be available for pre-order on November 6 or 7 and officially go on sale on November 16 or 17. If you’ve been hoping for a full-size HomePod update, it’s apparently not in the cards this year, according to leaker @ L0vetodream.
Apple has reportedly also been working on new high-end headphones over the ear for some time, so there is always the chance that they could be revealed on Tuesday. An important aspect of the product can be replaceable parts, including ear pads and headbands that are magnetically attached to the frame of the headphones. The headphones can also have noise cancellation, built-in Siri controls and built-in touch controls.
The new headphones may also be able to know which ear is to route the sound correctly, 9to5Mac reported in May. They may also be able to tell if they are located on your head or on your neck, according to 9to5Mac. This can mean that they can automatically start and stop music, depending on whether they are on your ears, as well as how AirPods start or stop music, depending on whether they are in your ears. And the headphones will apparently have the Apple brand instead of the Beats brand.
It is also worth noting that Apple recently stopped selling audio products from Bose, Sonos and Logitech; Apple’s Headphones & Speakers section of the site now only offers Apple products. This move could have paved the way for Apple to introduce these rumored new audio products on Tuesday.
Apple can finally reveal AirTags, its tile-like tracking brands
Rumors have been swirling about an Apple-made tile-like item tracking for some time – references to them even appeared in iOS 13 beta code last year – and Apple could finally reveal them on Tuesday. In theory, the trackers, which appear to be small, circular discs, will allow you to track things like your backpack or wallet using Apple’s Find My app.
AirTags may also have a built-in Apple U1 Ultra Broadband chip, which may mean that you will be able to track them more precisely than if they used other wireless technology. Apple first introduced the U1 chip with the iPhone 11 series, but it does not do much right now other than to let you take advantage of a more accurate version of AirDrop.
And I just want to say that Apple’s event invitation, which we included earlier in this post, has images of a small circular plate that appears to radiate signals outward like a tracking beacon. Interesting.
The new iPad Air may have a release date
Apple officially unveiled a new iPad Air that looks like an iPad Pro during the September event, but it did not provide a more specific release date than “October.” Maybe Apple will announce when you can actually buy the new tablet at Tuesday’s event.
The new tablet has a 10.9-inch screen, up from the previous generation’s 10.5-inch. But there is no start button on this new iPad Air – the Touch ID fingerprint sensor has been moved to the power button. The tablet is powered by Apple’s new A14 Bionic processor, which is a 5nm chip with a six-core CPU.
The new iPad Air comes in five colors and starts at $ 599.
It is unclear if we will see a new Apple TV
Apple has not updated the streaming box since the release of Apple TV 4K, which came out more than three years ago. There are some rumors that a new Apple TV is on the way, but it is difficult to know if we will see it soon.
A new Apple TV with a faster processor as well as an “upgraded” remote control may be in the works, Bloomberg reported in August. But that report also said that the new box may not be released until next year, throwing some cold water on the potential to see it at tomorrow’s event.
And leaker @choco_bit suggested that Apple could have it two Apple TVs at work and a controller for games, which means that Apple can place Apple TV to take on other home consoles.
Apple Arcade gets big money in it. There are currently titles in the works that aim to compete with Breath of the Wild, and that is why new A12X / Z AppleTV, “A14X-like” AppleTV and Controller are in the works.
Some games require A13 and up to run ♀️
– Fudge (@choco_bit) October 3, 2020
Rumors of new Apple TV (s) remain dark, so it’s hard to bet on whether we’ll see updates to that product line at Apple’s event tomorrow.
Apple’s first ARM-based Mac probably won’t look
Unfortunately, if you’ve been waiting for Apple’s first ARM-based Mac to take advantage of the company’s custom silicon, you may have to keep waiting. Apple is not set to unveil these Macs until November, according to Bloomberg. While that may be disappointing, Apple has only committed to releasing its first Apple Silicon Mac by the end of the year, so the company still has two and a half months to meet the deadline.
Given that we could wait until November for an ARM-based Mac, it also seems unlikely that Apple will mention anything about the release of macOS Big Sur, the next major update for the Mac operating system, at tomorrow’s event. Apple has said that Big Sur will come sometime this fall, so it is technically still according to plan.