The iPhone 12 Pro Max, the cheapest HomePod, and possibly AirPods Studio could be the stars of Apple’s next fall event.
Rumors of an Apple event in October abound, but the company has yet to confirm the date. But in the age of social media, it’s difficult for any company to keep something secret, and Apple is no exception. If the company’s recent track record shows, Apple is happy to launch a landmark event in the fall. Now it matters less whether Apple has its fall event in September or October. What is more important is the range of equipment that is shown to the world for the first time. We’re expecting four new iPhones, in-ear headphones, an updated HomePod, and possible Apple Watch and iPad updates. Let’s take a closer look at what is likely and what is not.
Four new iPhone 12 models
Apple is expected to launch four new iPhones this year, including a 5.4-inch iPhone 12, a 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Max, a 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro, and a 6, 7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max. The new iPhones will have flat edges, similar to the iPad Pro and iPhone 4. The Pro models still offer three cameras, while the regular models would have two cameras. The iPad Pro’s LiDAR scanner, which accurately detects distance and enhances augmented reality applications, will be available for the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. All four models come with support for 5G and OLED displays. The iPhone 12 series is powered by the A14 processor. iPhone 12 models start at $ 649 and go up to $ 1,449.
Apple Watch Series 6
As in previous years, Apple will also launch a new Apple Watch model this fall. Details are limited, but we know that the upcoming Apple Watch Series 6 will come with a faster S6 processor chip and possibly a W4 chip. We also expect better water resistance, as well as sleep tracking, and a blood oxygen monitor. Apple has expanded watchOS 7 to include sleep tracking for the next Apple Watch to support this feature. Along with the Apple Watch Series 6, a budget model could be announced. The device is likely to replace the Apple Watch Series 3.
One Apple product in dire need of an update is the HomePod. As Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman recently reported, Apple is preparing to introduce a cheaper alternative to the HomePod. The new model is said to maintain the same design and aesthetic as the original HomePod. but it would be smaller and less powerful. The new HomePod would cost between $ 150 and $ 200.
The long-awaited Apple Studio in-ear headphones could be announced this year. They are rumored to cost around $ 349 and have active noise cancellation. Headphones can indicate how they are worn. The announced earphones will be modular and available in two colors and two material options, including a leather model. Some say the AirPods studio will emulate one of Sennheiser’s expensive earbuds, though that’s just a rumor at this point. AirPods are designed for Sony’s flagship models WH-1000XM4 and Bose 700.
Apple is also working on a device called AppleTags. AirTags are rumored to be circular tracking tiles with Bluetooth connectivity that can be used to find lost items, just like Tile’s. Unsurprisingly, AirTags are deeply integrated into iOS and work with Apple’s “Find My” app. The AirTags would be sold with a key ring and a leather bag in the box.
iPad Air 4
Apple is reportedly working on a new version of its popular iPad Air that will look like the iPad Pro. The new iPad Air will apparently have a full-screen design, USB-C, Touch ID on the side, four speakers, a chipset. A14X and an 11-inch screen. Think of the iPad Air 4 as the iPad Pro, but cheaper. The iPad Air 4 will reportedly start at $ 499.
Apple TV is coming in 2021
There’s a new Apple TV on the way, but don’t get too excited. Apple will launch a new Apple TV model with a faster processor and a new remote with the “Find My Remote” function. However, this may not happen until 2021. The existing Apple TV is popular with Apple fans, but it doesn’t. We expect Apple to launch a new Apple TV model in the spring of next year. The new model is likely to focus on gaming.