New Apple Watch and iPad, but no iPhone 12: what to expect from Apple’s September event


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After months of speculating whether we would get the iPhone 12 and Apple Watch 6 in the same timeframe as in previous years, Apple has confirmed that it will host the event to launch in September in 2020 – in fact, of course. The company sent an official invitation for Sept.15 at 10 am. PT which can be accessed through Apple’s website, YouTube channel, or the event app on Apple TV. Any other year, the title of this event would be clear: a new iPhone. But the mess that has occurred by 2020 has forced some changes in the lineup.

Although Apple has not released an official statement about what we can expect, the company warned investors in July that the next iPhone would be delayed for “a few weeks”. Several outlets, including CNET and Bloomberg, have suggested that we won’t see the iPhone 12 until at least mid-October.

But with a new iPhone out of the equation, there’s still plenty left for Apple to announce on Tuesday. We are expecting new hardware, software and subscription services at this event.


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Hidden clues in invitation

The tag line “Time Flies” indicates on the invitation that the Apple Watch will be the event’s headliner. But there is a very clear indication for augmented reality. Clicking on the event logo in Safari shows the date of the event at 9.15, which is displayed as AR animation. This may refer to the timing of flight sensors that were rumored to come to the iPhone this year, such as the 2020 iPad Pro. Or it could hint at more AR kit capabilities on the next iPad Air, which is also rumored to get a refresh on the event.

We can dissect the invitation for the whole day, but the only thing we know is the time and date of the event. If 2020 has taught us anything, it is that we cannot really do anything. Instead, let’s focus on what we know right now.

Several Apple Watches and iPads in the pipeline

Apple has filed several versions of the iPad and Apple Watch with the Eurasian Economic Commission, as originally reported by French tech site Comsomac. In the past, the filing has provided fairly accurate insights into what Apple may launch next.

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The Apple Watch Series 6 is expected to have more robust sleep tracking and better battery life for at least one new health tracking feature. The strongest rumor seems to be about new SpO2 or blood oxygen level tracking.

Read more: Apple Watch Series 6 rumors.

Other surprises may be a cheaper version of the Apple Watch, possibly called the Apple Watch SE, with the same look and feel as the current series. 3. Chances are it will start at $ 200, but will come with a new processor.

The latest rumors about the iPad Air are refreshed on a larger screen without bezels and a design similar to the current Pro model. This means that there are flat edges and no home button. Instead of replacing TouchID with FaceID, the rumor points to a TouchID sensor integrated into the side button. The updated iPad will likely also get an upgraded processor, as the current Air still uses Apple’s older A10 chip. It can also switch to USB-C instead of Lightning connector like the iPad Pro. The improved processor will enable more ARKit capabilities, though not as advanced as what you get from the iPad Pro in its depth-sensing LIDAR scanner.

Learn more about Expect new iPads here.

Software: WatchOS 7 and iPadOS 14 may get full releases

With the Apple Watch 6 and iPad Air in the wild, it would only make sense for Apple to release their respective OS updates.

Releasing the final version of watchOS 7 is a brainwash. This update enables sleep tracking on existing Apple Watches (Series 3 or higher) and includes a new hand wash feature. It would be difficult to just release iPadOS on its own because it is so interlace iOS 14, So Apple can wait to launch the new mobile OS with the new iPhone 12 in October.

New fitness service and a bundle called Apple One

Last year Apple went all-in with subscription services such as TV Plus, News Plus and Apple Arcade, and we may not have seen the final part of it. Apple is directed to launch a new fitness service, with guided workouts that are mostly ready for the Apple Watch, but also available to stream on the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. There are plenty of third party apps that already do this, but it will be Apple branded and integrate directly with the Health app, with Fitbit with its premium subscription service that costs $ 10 per month.

And if all that sounds like a membership surcharge, there is a bundle for that. Apple is also said to be launching a new subscription services bundle called Apple One. 9to5Google It even found it hidden in the code of the Android version of Apple Music.

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Other products that can make an appearance

There is also the possibility of one more thing at the end of the virtual presentation. If that’s the case, here are some other products we’re hearing rumors about that could make an appearance. In order of least likelihood:

Join us for our Apple Event Preview at 9:30 pm on CNET.com and YouTube, with post event analysis following the announcements.

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