Apple has officially revealed the September event this year, under which the event will be held online at 10:00 a.m. PDT on September 15. (0am to 16/9 Vietnam time). At the event, Apple is expected to introduce new hardware including the new iPad and Apple Watch.
Update: While initial reports suggest the September event will focus on the iPhone 12 alongside the new Apple Watch and iPad, Bloomberg Recently reported that September event of this year will only feature new iPad and Apple Watch. iPhone 12 is said to be moved to October.
Details of Apple's September event
Like WWDC 2020, Apple's September event this year will be held online entirely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, filmed at the Apple Park and Steve Jobs Theater.
The photo for the event is simply everyone invited "Join us from Apple Park" (Join us from Apple Park). Unlike most other iPhone event announcements, this year Apple's invitations seemed simpler and less implied.
This event will be live streamed on Apple website, in the Apple TV app and possibly on YouTube as well. I will guide you in detail on how to watch the event, please remember to watch it.
Here's what to expect to see at this September audience.
iPad Air 4
Apple is said to be developing a new iPad Air with an edge-to-edge display. This will be an option in the mid-range segment between regular iPads and iPad Pro. Rumors have it that the new iPad Air will be the first to be equipped with Touch ID in the power key.
The new iPad Air could also use a USB-C port instead of Lightning, again closing the gap between it and the iPad Pro.
Assuming the leaks are accurate, it would represent a major upgrade to the iPad Air line. Giving it a more modern slim bezel design would also help create a greater distance than the entry-level iPad.
Apple Watch Series 6
Also at Apple's September event this year, I was expecting the launch of the Apple Watch Series 6. There aren't as many rumors about the Apple Watch Series 6 like the iPhone 12, but there are a few things you need to know as follows.
One of the key features of the Apple Watch this year is expected to detect the level of oxygen in the blood. A code snippet found in iOS 14 by 9to5Mac Apple says Apple will add this feature to the Apple Watch this year, further expanding the Apple Watch's health-tracking capabilities.
Apple is also improving the electrocardiograph feature for the Apple Watch Series 6. Apple Watch Series 4 and 5 now offer ECG measurements in the range of 100 to 120 beats per minute. Hopefully the Series 6 edition removes that limitation with new software or hardware.
In terms of design, many reports suggest that this year's Apple Watch Series 6 won't have any major changes and it will look similar to the Series 4 and Series 5.
Apple is expected to launch a total of four new iPhone 12 models this year, which are:
- 5.4-inch iPhone 12
- 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Max
- 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro
- iPhone 12 Pro Max 6.7-inch
What sets these iPhone 12 models apart will be the camera technology.
The 5.4-inch iPhone 12 and the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Max are expected to have dual rear cameras, while the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will have a triple rear camera cluster with a brand new LiDAR sensor.
Other features of the iPhone 12 lineup include an OLED display as well as 5G connectivity. The iPhone 12 lineup is said to support mmWave 5G modules as well as 5G under 6GHz. In terms of design, this year's iPhone line is expected to have flat square edges similar to the latest iPhone 4, iPhone 5 and iPad Pro.
In addition to the above products, there is still a possibility that Apple will introduce more products. For example, Mac computers run Apple Silicon chips. Apple is also reportedly planning on for over-ear Apple Studio headphones (or AirPods Studio), AirTag tracker, ... Some of these products could be introduced at the September bias, but it's also possible that Apple will move it to another event in October.
Finally, Apple's September event will also likely include official release date details for iOS 14, iPadOS 14, macOS 11 Big Sur, watchOS 7, and tvOS 14.
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